• María Fernanda López

Cranberry Seed Chocolate Joy Bars (Vegan, Keto & Gluten Free)

Food is powerful, that's a fact. It has a major impact on the chemistry of our bodies and that, as a nutritionist blows my mind. And there are simple ways to increase the nutrient density of every meal without sacrificing any taste, stick around for this recipe featuring cranberry seeds!


This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx on behalf of Ocean Spray®, that now offer #OceanSpraySeeds along their other amazing products.



Okay, so we all have heard about the benefits of cranberries and that's AMAZING! My dad loves cranberries and that's a major win for picky eaters because liking something that's good for you is always great! But today I'm telling you more about cranberry seeds, these little powerhouses!


Have you ever heard of cranberry seeds? This is new to me and I'm all about them right now!


The thing about Ocean Spray's Cranberry Seeds is that they are certified as sustainably grown and with a cool approach to our planet because Cranberry Seeds are upcycle from food waste!



Cranberry Seeds are also GMO free, allergen free and without any preservatives or additives... WIN!


Cranberry Seed benefits:

The benefits of Cranberry Seeds include being a source of essential minerals such as zinc, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. You know that I'm all about seeds and Cranberry Seeds just made it to my love list of "good foods for a healthier you."



From their micronutrient content, Cranberry Seeds are powerhouses that will be good for our heart and brain (omega-3's), immune system (zinc and magnesium) and digestive system (fiber)!


Different Ways to use Cranberry Seeds:

The ideas are endless, it's a great hack to incorporate them into different dishes and recipes for a boost of the minerals mentioned before and those amazing healthy fats!

  • Sprinkle in your smoothie.

  • Add them in cookies, muffins or scones!

  • Top your salads with them.

  • Sprinkle into your yogurt or chia puddings.

  • Use them as a beautiful topping!

  • Substitute artificial colored sprinkles with Cranberry Seeds.



On today's recipe we are incorporating of course, Cranberry Seeds as one of our ingredients along with some antioxidant rich foods making this simple nourishing bar an indulgent treat for our taste buds and body!


How does a coconut bars topped with chocolate and Cranberry Seeds sound for you? We are using some irresistible ingredients here that even a picky eater won't resist! I mean, chocolate, coconut and pecans? Plus we are adding that boost of nutrients powered by the Cranberry Seeds and some hemp seeds.



Chocolate Bars that are great for our brains and bodies? Sign me up!

Here are some of the ingredients that we'll be using for these Cranberry Seed Chocolate Joy Bars:

  • Cranberry Seeds

  • Vanilla pea protein

  • Almond flour

  • Cinnamon

  • Granulated monk fruit

  • Hemp seeds

  • Shredded coconut

  • Pecans

  • Almond milk

  • Dairy free chocolate chips

If you have been around my blog before you might notice that something that really accentuates my recipes are the different colors that I incorporate, as a nutritionist is important for me to add different colors that will also mean different phytonutrients.



We are staying away from artificial colors and choosing all natural colors, in this case "the pop" of color in this recipe, our natural and gorgeous sprinkles will come from Cranberry Seeds.


Asides being nourishing this recipe is extremely easy to make! Minimal mess and with plenty of servings that will make this a great snack or dessert for the week! Who also preps snacks?


Now you know the basics about this simple recipe, and how easy it is to make! Also great to share with your loved ones since this recipe is:

  • Low Carb

  • Gluten Free

  • Dairy Free

  • Vegan

  • Keto Friendly

  • Freezer Friendly


Can I freeze this recipe?

Keep these in the freezer! Cut the bars into 12-16 slices and have them ready to grab inside your freezer in a safe container. That way you have a great and delicious way to kick that sweet tooth away!



So for all the health nuts out there, are you ready to get started? Don't forget to share, pin, save or bookmark this recipe! Remember to spread the joy and this recipe, anyways, have a great day everyone!


With love,

María


Cranberry Seed Chocolate Joy Bars

By María Fernanda López

Serves 16


Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp of Cranberry Seeds

  • 1/2 cup of vanilla pea protein

  • 1/2 cup of almond flour

  • 1 tsp of cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup of granulated monk fruit

  • 3 tbsp of hemp seeds

  • 2/3 cup of shredded coconut

  • 1/3 cup of pecans

  • 1 + 1/4 cup of almond milk

  • 1 cup of dairy free chocolate chips


Method

  1. In a large bowl mix the pea protein, almond flour, monk fruit and cinnamon.

  2. Add half of the pecans, shredded coconut and hemp seeds. Mix again.

  3. Add the almond milk and mix until you get a dough consistency.

  4. Pour the mix into two silicone loaf pans and freeze for one hour.

  5. After an hour, melt the chocolate and pour evenly over the dough mix.

  6. Spread the rest of the shredded coconut, pecans and hemp seeds.

  7. Sprinkle the Cranberry Seeds.

  8. Freeze again for a couple of hours (2 hours or overnight) and cut into pieces.

Nutritional Information per serving (145 kcal)

Fat: 10.6g

Carbs: 7.3g

Fiber: 5.5g

Net Carbs: 1.8g

Protein: 5.9g


This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx on behalf of Ocean Spray®, that now offer Cranberry Seeds along their other amazing products.

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