The almond butter monster is real. I think she must sneak in the kitchen after midnight to gobble it all up because I am making new batches at least twice a week. But fo realz the almond butter love in my house has been serious lately. And with cheap bulk almonds available at the local 365, it’s a much cheaper alternative than any store bought brand. Plus you know how I am about reducing my plastic packaging. I did a poll on Insta Stories, (Probably my fave thing about Stories rn. Even over the SuperZoom), and 68% chose almond butter over peanut butter. Oh, times have changed. Can you imagine an almond butter & jelly sandwich in your lunchbox in the 80s? Kids at the lunch table be like…mouth breather.
But now it’s kinda awesome how some kids are really into healthy eating. And it’s not just b/c I am in SoCal, though the students I used to teach did love them some sushi, smoothie bowls, and avocado toast. But yes, they also loved Oreo’s and brownies and all that good stuff. But even in my teachings everywhere else kids were eating vegan, vegetarian, and were conscious about overdosing on sugar. Completely different than my thought process as a kid and teen.
I mean we always ate vegetables and my mom didn’t keep a lot of junk food in the house besides “healthy” Raisin Bran and ice cream in the freezer. But seaweed snacks and veggies + hummus are available on the regular. Not to mention the avo and kale craze.
Did you eat healthy as a kid? Have you noticed that food trends are more hyped by the media and of course kids are gonna eat it up since they are the media gurus.
These bars kinda remind me of Kudos. Remember those? I feel like that was a treat after soccer games in hopes of being somewhat healthy. Ha! Must be all this Stranger Things I’ve been watching that’s got me hitting up the 80’s nostalgia so hard. And I just Googled Kudos Bars to see if they still existed and apparently they do! They were just reintroduced. Ha again!
But these bars are so simple to make, have healthy fats, fiber, and that perfect sweet & salty combo. These are way better and way better for you. Except the fact that I could eat half the batch in one sitting. Sometimes you just gotta let your inner glutton come out.
Salted almond butter espresso bites
- 2 c rolled oats
- 1/2 c creamy almond butter
- 1/4 c pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 c shredded coconut
- 2 tbsp ground flax seed
- 1 tbsp water
- 1-2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp mini chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tbsp instant espresso powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp sea salt + more for topping
Optional chocolate drizzle:
- 1/4 c mini chocolate chips
- 1/2 tsp espresso powder
Line an 8 x 8 glass or ceramic dish with parchment paper.
Add all ingredients, minus the topping, to a bowl and combine with a wooden spoon.
Press mixture into prepared dish and place in the freezer for 10 minutes to set.
Meanwhile, melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler or in the microwave at 10-15 second intervals.
Stir in the espresso powder until dissolved.
Remove bars from the freezer and drizzle chocolate over top. Allow chocolate to set. (This can be done in the fridge or freezer to speed up the process).
Cut bars into squares or rectangles and store in the fridge or freezer.
Make sure to use a creamy almond butter for best results.
You may have to increase the water to 2 tbsp. if the mixture isn't holding.