Superfood Chocolate Chip Cookie Power Bars

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Do you ever just wake up on the morning and feel like DEVOURING something sweet, dense, and chocolate? That was me this morning (actually – that’s every morning).

I have a sweet tooth; especially in the morning right when I wake up. I have always been more likely to pick a stack of protein pancakes or some greek yogurt over an egg white omelette or avocado toast in the morning, simply because I like to satisfy my sweet tooth craving in the AM hours.

But, that doesn’t mean I reach for a bowl of ice cream or a sugar-packed “breakfast cookie.” I have found that there are super easy ways to recreate your favorite sweets to actually be low in sugar, packed with protein, and full of energizing superfoods to kick start your day.

These Superfood Chocolate Chip Cookie Power Bars do just that! I actually ate a few after my workout this morning. The main ingredient is almond butter, which is loaded with healthy fats. I had actually NEVER had almond butter until I started creating this recipe! Crazy, right? Well, it’s safe to say I am definitely hooked. Check the label of your nut butters as they often sneak in added sugars or other kinds of processed oils, so I always look for brands that stick to the most natural recipe possible.
On top of being loaded with healthy fats, these Superfood Chocolate Chip Cookie Power Bars have ANOTHER secret superfood ingredient… COLLAGEN! That’s right, Further Food Collagen Peptides. I had been wanting to try collagen peptides for so long because I had heard AMAZING things about the health benefits that come along with simply throwing a scoop in to your favorite healthy recipes. My mom likes to mix a scoop in to her yogurt and oatmeal. She says it makes her feel full and satisfied for a longer period of time and it makes her skin feel EXTRA smooth. I like to add a scoop in to my protein shakes and recipes like this – because it dissolves completely, is flavorless, and adds a TON of health benefits:

1. Stabilizes blood sugar
2. Slows aging
3. Builds bone strength
4. Lowers cholesterol levels
5. Speeds up recovery
6. Reduces inflammation
7. Excellent source of protein
8. Aids in digestion
9. Supports healthy skin, hair, and nails

These cookie bars only have 2.1 grams of sugar EACH; compared to your average chocolate chip cookie bar that has around 11 grams. I am always trying to create recipes with the least amount of sugar as possible.

These cookies are gluten free, dairy free, grain free, AND they are SUPER easy to make. All you have to do is throw the ingredients in a bowl and mix them together until a dough-like consistency forms. I lined my baking pan with parchment paper so after the cookies were done baking I could just lift them out of the pan without having them stick and crumble. Check out the recipe below!

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

As an alternative to classic peanut butter, almond butter contains a higher amount of essential fatty acids and contains the healthy unsaturated fats. Almond butter also contains water and fat soluable vitamins, which are needed to replenish the bodies' function and can aid in growth and development. 1 tablespoon of almond butter contains 100 calories, 10 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrates, 1 g dietary fiber and 2 g protein. According to the USDA, one ounce of dark chocolate contains 170 calories, 7 g saturated fat and 24 g sugar with it providing iron,magnesium, cooper, manganese and is rich in the antioxidant, polyphenol, which protects against free radicals. Keep in mind that due to its high calorie content a lot can go a long way and the higher the percentage of the cocoa bean, the darker the chocolate.

By Nikki Nies, MS,RD, LD

Superfood Chocolate Chip Cookie Power Bars

  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:40 minutes
  • Servings: 9

Ingredients

1 cup creamy almond butter
1/3 cup liquid egg whites
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 scoop Further Food Collagen Peptides
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine almond butter, egg whites, protein powder, collagen, baking powder, vanilla extract, and salt until dough forms.
3. Work in chocolate chips.
4. Spread evenly across baking sheet
5. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes or until lightly browned.
6. Remove and let cool completely on a rack.
7. Enjoy!

1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 2. In a large bowl, combine almond butter, egg whites, protein powder, collagen, baking powder, vanilla extract, and salt until dough forms. 3. Work in chocolate chips. 4. Spread evenly across baking sheet 5. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes or until lightly browned. 6. Remove and let cool completely on a rack. 7. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Per Serving: Calories: 194; Total Fat: 14 g; Saturated Fat: 2 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0 g; Cholesterol: 2 mg; Sodium: 124 mg; Potassium: 18 mg; Carbohydrate: 10 g; Fiber: 3 g; Sugar: 4 g; Protein: 16 g

Nutrition Bonus:

Vitamin C: 0%; Vitamin A: 0%; Iron: 9%; Calcium: 11%

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