Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Mint Chocolate Cups + PROBAR Giveaway

Featured Ingredient: Dates














Now with summer in full swing, more people are getting outside for a hike in the woods or a bike ride in the countryside. Activities that require energy to get those muscles moving. Energy bars are undeniably a convenient quick energy fix. And mercifully, the offerings have improved greatly with respect to taste and nutrition. One of my favorite store-bought options are the bars from PROBAR. They are packed with recognizable ingredients and have enough calories so I won’t be starving shortly after devouring one. We even took some with us on our most recent bike trip to Myanmar to beat the bonk.



As I did in a previous blog post, I thought it would be a fun to try and re-create another PROBAR flavor using my trusty muffin tin. This time I decided to go with one of their new great flavors: Mint Chocolate. A dynamic duo indeed.














These energy cups are definitely a winner. Being summer, I decided to use fresh mint so the minty flavor is fairly strong. But you can also use peppermint extract for a more traditional mint flavor that is usually found in bars. One of the backbone ingredients here are the dates, which are a source of natural energizing sugars as well as other essentials like fiber, potassium and magnesium. This week I am happy to have these at the ready in the fridge for a shot of energy before my bike rides. As a bonus, they are no-cook which is very much welcomed during the heat wave we are having up here in Ontario. Plus, it keeps with the theme of my new cookbook: The No-Cook, No-Bake Cookbook.

It’s time for another Muffin Tin Mania giveaway. This time, the fine folks at PROBAR would like to award one of my readers with some of their stellar bars. To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post that says “Probar raises the bar” along with some way of identifying yourself such as your initials, name or email address and I will use this online tool to randomly select a winner. I’ll announce the winner next Wednesday July 3rd, so if you entered write the date down on your calendar and check back in then for a chance to claim your prize.

Thank you to everybody who entered the PROBAR giveaway. Judy was randomly selected the winner and will be receiving some tasty bars. 

Mint Chocolate Cups

















1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup unsalted shelled sunflower seeds
3 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup cashew butter
1/3 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Place oats, dates, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, ground flax and cocoa powder in a food processor container and blend until dates and almonds have been broken down. Add honey, cashew butter, mint and vanilla and blend until the mixture sticks together when pressed between your fingers. Pulse in chocolate chips until they are well scattered in the mixture.


Divide mixture among 12 lightly greased or paper lined standard sized muffin cups and press down to firmly pack in the contents. You don’t need the grease or use paper liners if using silicon cups. Place tray in freezer for about 30 minutes to help set the cups.  Unmold and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.


10 comments:

  1. I'm short a few ingredients in my cupboard but I plan on making these soon. These sound great!

    Michelle D.

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  2. Sweet! Thanks

    Probar raises the bar

    TM

    landnwater "at" hotmail.com

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  3. Probar raises the bar

    katherine d

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

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  4. Probar raises the bar!

    Can't wait to try these..

    Bronwyn.

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  5. Probar raises the bar. Dates are perfect in these, and they look so good!

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  6. Judy Lies/ J.lies@aol.comJune 27, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Probar raises the bar!
    Judy Lies

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  7. Probar raises the bar. Really great recipe, love how you used fresh mint instead of extract..

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  8. Probar raises the bar!These look really yummy!
    Lisa Jones

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  9. Probar raises the bar. Wonderful giveaway. So special. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. Probar raises the bar - Awesome recipe, love your blog. JC

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