If you crave something sweet and are worried about staying on your healthy eating plan, boy do I have the treat for you! These No Bake Almond Butter Fudge bars are vegan, refined sugar-free, dairy-free and gluten-free.
I have been MIA the past couple of weeks. I was trying to soak up the last few days of summer, trying to enjoy the time with my kids as well as try to organize everyone for back to school. We had such a great summer and just like everyone says, it really goes by way too fast. In just a blink of an eye, your baby turns 6.
He's a labor day weekend birthday baby so I always think it's another great reason to celebrate the summer ending. He also started 1st grade in the same school as his older brothers too. He did great on the first day. Me? Yeah, I cried a little bit. Don't get me wrong, we all need some structure and a routine here, but I do miss my little guys.
And just like that, they're off again...
Don't get me wrong, I am really enjoy my neat, quiet house where I can actually get some work done. And the fact that the toilet seat is down. And clean. And I don't hear my name being called 500 times a day. But I do miss them.
Now back to these fudge bars.
I love making easy "treats" that I can send to school with my kids or even have ready as an after school snack. And full disclosure, I LOVE these too so I have to make a double batch (they are healthy so you can totally have two or three pieces, right?)
You can use whatever nut butter you'd like (or sun butter for those with nut allergies) just make sure you swirl them with a toothpick and not just stir it in. It looks prettier that way!
- ¾ cup cacao powder
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup 100% maple syrup
- ⅓ cup natural almond butter
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Mix all the ingredients together except almond butter until well blended.
- You can either roll into balls or place into a small baking pan.
- Spoon almond butter on top and with a toothpick, swirl around until evenly mixed.
- Place in the freezer for 10 minutes.
- Slice into squares.
- Eat immediately or store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
See, I told you they were easy to make! I ended up freezing these bars individually and then putting them in my kid's lunch boxes frozen. They said they were perfect by the time it was to eat!
***Sidenote*** seconds after I wrote my sappy post above about how much I miss my kids, two of them came down screaming crying. I might have to rethink all of that. 😉