|Chocolate Breakfast Bars|
I'm pretty sure that with each word I type, I take away from the fundamental, universally accepted amazingness of this concept: Chocolate + Breakfast + Bar Form.
Because, who isn't looking for an excuse to have chocolate first thing in the morning (and multiple times thereafter)? And who isn't looking for healthy, filling and portable breakfast ideas?
The past ten days have been wonderful chaos in my world, as my fiancé and I have been moving into the dream house we've spent the greater part of 2015 renovating. We have loved every second unpacking and sharing memories through our belongings.
The only downside to the moving process is that my precious kitchen wasn't user-friendly for the first week, and I didn't have much time to sit down to a meal anyway. I found myself smothering bananas with peanut butter or hard-boiled eggs, both of which can still produce messy results. I needed something that required zero prep or cleanup, something absolutely delicious, and something that hits the trifecta of fat, fiber and protein.
Hellooo chocolate granola bars! These babies are decadent, moist and extremely satiating from the walnuts, egg whites and almond butter. The touch of caffeine from chocolate is an added energy boost, and these are a great option for someone who is trying to cut down on coffee. Or, if you wanted to get really crazy, you could add a pinch of instant coffee for a even richer flavor. Also, note that these bars are not very sweet, intentionally. If you want them a bit sweeter, and 2 more tablespoons honey and bake a few minutes longer. I personally think they're the perfect amount of sweetness for the morning!
I made these while we were staying at my parents house, and my mother individually wrapped a few to bring to school with her. She is the head of my alma-mater middle school, and she gave the bars to a teach who has Celiac disease. I received an email from the teacher that afternoon, saying she loved them and was thrilled to have a healthy treat that she could tolerate. That alone makes it all worth it!