Chocolate Chip & Ginger Power-Bars

Seems I came up with some deliciousness while procrastinating…. what better way to put off studying for finals than to bake with nuts and chocolate chips!

Ingredients: 2 cups pecans, 1/2 cup almond, 1/2 cup cashews, 1/4 cup ginger (can use candied), 1/4 cup molasses, 2 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/4-1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/4 cup coconut flakes, 1/4 cup coconut flour, 2 scoops protein (I used primal fuel).

Pre-heat oven to 325.  In a food processor add nuts and ginger.  Process until nuts are ground, add eggs, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder and molasses.  Mix.  Pour mixture into a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients.  It should turn out to be the consistency of cookie dough.  You can add the flour last and add until you reach the recommended consistency.  Pour the mixture into a pre-buttered glass 9 by 9 pan.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Yum!

They actually hold together quite well and this recipe makes about 20 bars.  I would definitely opt on the side of undercooking them as they tend to dry out if overcooked.  Keep an eye on them and once the sides look browned take them out of the oven and let them set.

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About Erin

Erin lives in Ketchum, Id. She is a practicing Acupuncturist and Kettlebell Trainer in the Wood River Valley. She graduated from Acupuncture and Oriental Medical School in the Fall of 2011 from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, OR. She now has a growing and busy business that offers services to both Hailey and Ketchum. Erin has created a practice where she treats, educates and cares for people with a variety of modalities which include Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Lifestyle coaching, diet and nutrition education, and exercise. Among these, is this blog which is just one platform Erin uses to help her clients learn how to eat healthy, cook and bake with as much ease as possible to create a balanced lifestyle that you can adopt easily and effortlessly. Changing your lifestyle and diet is never an easy thing to do, and Erin's hope is that this makes it that much easier. If you'd like more information about Erin and her practice please check out her website: www.myessentialhealing.com A note from Erin: Over the past few years I have changed my diet pretty dramatically and no longer eat grains & very little sugar due to chronic eczema; this blog is about how to cook and bake without wheat, gluten, rice or other grains and still get what you want out of the food you are eating. It is different, & it is tricky, but it is also possible and I've found some tricks to satisfy even the most carb loving baker without the extra sugar and gluten that some of us just can't eat; and I'm looking forward to sharing more recipes with you as I experiment along. View all posts by Erin

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