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Sweet Potato Lovin’ Bars

This is a very special post. Included at the end of this post is not only a very delicious recipe, but at the end of the post I reveal something perfect that you can give to your friends and family for Valentine’s Day!

 

I was dreaming….

for something sweet and savoury and crunchy and satisfyingly – moreish…

But I didn’t know what to make that could tick all of those boxes. So I went to my kitchen and saw my sweet po-ta-to.

And a light bulb moment happened.

Yes, sweet potatoes are as versatile as they come!

 

You can mash them, bake them, boil them, make oatmeal or even make sweet potato pancakes out of them.

 

So, I went to my pantry and decided to mix all of my favorite things together.

Nuts… for crunch.

Oatmeal… for that fudgy chewy texture.

Sweet potato and honey…. for sweetnes.

Almond butter (of course!) for that oh so delicious satisfyingly – moreish taste in every bite…

And…

Chocolate… of course!

 

Now, before you stare at me and ask, sweet potato and chocolate?? Isn’t that weird?

No, no. It’s the perfect match made in heaven. The sweet and savoury-ness of  the sweet potato blends so well with the sweetness of the chocolate that it enhances both of the flavours  and brings out the best in both of them.

That’s what great relationships are made of right?? 😉

 

So here is the

Sweet
Potato

Lovin’ Bars that you can make a batch of to share with your friends and family!

love bar close up

 

 

Here are super simple mix of ingredients you need.

 

Ingredients:

Dry

2 cups of oats

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup chopped almonds (or another type of nuts you prefer too)

4 – 6 chopped medjool dates (or another type of dried fruit, cranberries work well too!)

A pinch of salt

 

Wet

1 egg or  1 flax egg (flax egg: mix 1.5 Tbsp of flax seeds with 3 Tbsp of water and let the mixture sit for 15 minutes or until it gels up)

3 / 4 of a sweet potato, chopped, boiled, and peeled

1/4 cup honey  or another sweetener you prefer (maple syrup or agave)

1/4 cup almond butter

Melted 1/3 of a 100g of your favorite chocolate bar 🙂

 

Extra Equipment (optional)

Heart-shaped stencil

 

heart bars

 

Instructions:

1. Preheat your oven to 180 Celcius.

2. Chop and boil your sweet potato for 10 minutes until you can stick a fork through it. Then, take it out to to cool down. After it cools down, peel off the skin.

3. Mix all of your dry ingredients (oats, nuts, seeds, salt, and dried fruit) in a bowl.

4. Mash through your boiled sweet potato into the mixture.

5. Mix in your choice of sweetener and almond butter into the sweet potato mixture. Taste it at this point so that you have your preferred level of more-ish and sweetness.

6. Then crack the egg or the flax egg into the mixture. Mix together thoroughly.

7. Pour the mixture into a baking sheet lined pan. Pat down the mixture so that it becomes a rectangular shape.

8. Put into the oven for 30 – 40 minutes. Take it out once the mixture feels firm to the touch at the top.

9. Take it out from the pan and put on top of a wire rack. Let it cool completely (patience is a virtue here 🙂 before cutting it into it or it will fall apart. After it cools, cut the rectangle into bars.

bars copy

 

10. Melt your favorite chocolate bar. I used Green & Black’s Organic Dark Chocolate Espresso bar because I have a love affair with chocolate and coffee and think that it smells so wonderfully together. You can use whichever chocolate bar that you love! It’s best to melt chocolate away from direct heat (to avoid burning). So fill a pan with boiling water, put your chopped chocolate bar into a bowl that fits neatly over your pan. Turn up the heat to the smallest level. Stir around the chocolate gently and soon it will completely melt.

11. Get a heart – shaped stencil and place it over a bar and drizzle the melted chocolate into stencil to make a heart shape. Or you can also draw a heart shape with the chocolate over the bars (steady hands needed but it’s so much fun to try!). Repeat this with every bar.  Alternatively, you can also drizzle the chocolate over the bars.

melting chocolate

12. Let the chocolate harden and settle into its heart shape.

While you’re waiting…….

 

Surprise surprise!!

 

TAKE A LOOK at these Valentine’s Day cards!!!!

bars with cards

 

circle cards

 

Aren’t they the most cutest and loveliest designs you have ever seen? It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day coming up to give out to your friends and family. They are made by Elise Lindsey who is a registered dietitian to be and Travis Lowe an entrepreneur at http://www.eathealthydesigns.com/ .

So, head on over to their website, download the Food Pun Valentine’s Day cards and make your loved ones very happy this Valentine’s Day. I promise, if you have a loved one that is a foodie, superfoodie, health- fanatic, health-blogger, artist, art-lover or someone who just loves the cutest things in the world, give them these cards and they will fall head over heels for you!

They also have other foodie designs for occasions too! Such as this Birthday Beet card, or for those of you that love nut butters this We Go Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly card, and for all of you Kale lovers this Oh KALE YEAH card.

 

 

 

berry with cards

 

 

Pair Elise’s and Travis’s cards with my Sweet Potato Lovin’ Bars and give your friends and family a very special treat this Valentine’s Day!

 

If you do, we would love to see your creations! Please tag @eat_healthydesigns #eathealthydesigns and @wellnesstogo and #wellnesstogo. It will bring such a smile to our face! 🙂

Have fun baking, printing, and writing out those cards.

Spread the love guys!

love bars 2

Stay tuned! This is the first of a line of up recipes that I have in store for you guys in this merriment season of love…

 

Much Love,

Gaby

 

berry awesome copy

 

Sweet Potato Lovin' Bars
 
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This Sweet Potato Lovin' Bars is the perfectly sweet, moist, and addictively more-ish that will surely satisfy your heart!
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 6 - 8 bars
Ingredients
  • Dry
  • 2 cups of oats
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup chopped almonds (or another type of nuts you prefer too)
  • 4 - 6 chopped medjool dates (or another type of dried fruit, cranberries work well too!)
  • A pinch of salt
  • Wet
  • 1 egg or 1 flax egg (flax egg: mix 1.5 Tbsp of flax seeds with 3 Tbsp of water and let the mixture sit for 15 minutes or until it gels up)
  • 3 / 4 of a sweet potato, chopped, boiled, and peeled
  • ¼ cup honey or another sweetener you prefer (maple syrup or agave)
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • Melted ⅓ of a 100g of your favorite chocolate bar 🙂
  • Extra Equipment (optional)
  • Heart-shaped stencil
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 Celcius.
  2. Chop and boil your sweet potato for 10 minutes until you can stick a fork through it. Then, take it out to to cool down. After it cools down, peel off the skin.
  3. Mix all of your dry ingredients (oats, nuts, seeds, salt, and dried fruit) in a bowl.
  4. Mash through your boiled sweet potato into the mixture.
  5. Mix in your choice of sweetener and almond butter into the sweet potato mixture. Taste it at this point so that you have your preferred level of more-ish and sweetness.
  6. Then crack the egg or the flax egg into the mixture. Mix together thoroughly.
  7. Pour the mixture into a baking sheet lined pan. Pat down the mixture so that it becomes a rectangular shape.
  8. Put into the oven for 30 - 40 minutes. Take it out once the mixture feels firm to the touch at the top.
  9. Take it out from the pan and put on top of a wire rack. Let it cool completely (patience is a virtue here 🙂 before cutting it into it or it will fall apart. After it cools, cut the rectangle into bars.
  10. Melt your favorite chocolate bar. I used Green & Black's Organic Dark Chocolate Espresso bar because I have a love affair with chocolate and coffee and think that it smells so wonderfully together. You can use whichever chocolate bar that you love! It's best to melt chocolate away from direct heat (to avoid burning). So fill a pan with boiling water, put your chopped chocolate bar into a bowl that fits neatly over your pan. Turn up the heat to the smallest level. Stir around the chocolate gently and soon it will completely melt.
  11. Get a heart - shaped stencil and place it over a bar and drizzle the melted chocolate into stencil to make a heart shape. Or you can also draw a heart shape with the chocolate over the bars (steady hands needed but it's so much fun to try!). Repeat this with every bar. Alternatively, you can also drizzle the chocolate over the bars.
  12. Let the chocolate harden and settle into its heart shape.
  13. Give these Sweet Potato Lovin' Bars with EatHealthyDesigns Valentines Day food pun cards make your loved ones very happy this Valentine's Day!