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Healthy Chocolate Pretzel Bars

These, 8-ingredient, gluten-free, Chocolate Pretzel Bars are sweetened with dates and contain coconut oil and make for a delicious snack, breakfast or dessert. As they can be whipped up easily with the help of your blender, why not make a batch or two?

Healthy Chocolate Pretzel Bars

I lurrve cake! So, when my friend and fellow blogger, Allie (from Through Her Looking Glass), mentioned how wonderful the chocolate cake at Brick Street Cafe was, well, there was only one thing to do.

And…that was to take a road trip to taste and see for myself!

I managed to talk my daughter into joining me on a drive up to Greenville, South Carolina, to enjoy some of that Brick Street Chocolate Cake! Yes, a lot of the trips my daughter and I venture out on are governed by food ~ but, can you blame us? Look at this cake!

And, y’all, that chocolate cake didn’t disappoint!
It was good! Great, even!

But, so was the coconut cake, the sweet potato cake and the German chocolate cake.

Yes, we had cake for lunch AND for dessert.

Healthy Chocolate Pretzel Bars

We hadn’t packed anything else to munch on so figured why not!

After getting totally caked, the thought of jumping back in our car and sitting still for 2+ hours on the drive back was almost unbearable

Besides, I knew that when that sugar high wore off, I’d be super sleepy! And, for some weird reason, when I get sleepy when I’m driving, I need to guzzle water. Loading up on h20 somehow manages to keep me awake. But, as luck may have it (total sarcasm here) we hadn’t packed any water to bring along!

No water and no snacks!

Ayyyyyeeeee!!!!


But, live and learn – right?

Healthy Chocolate Pretzel Bars

Now when we travel, we have an assortment of beverages on hand and healthy treats like these Chocolate Pretzel Bars as well!

Healthy Chocolate Pretzel Bars

Chocolate Pretzel Bars Two Ways:

Recently, I made two batches of these Chocolate Pretzel Bars.

I sweetened one batch with medjool dates and employed coconut oil in it in-place of butter. So, other than the chocolate chips, this first batch was refined sugar free.

I made another batch with brown sugar instead of dates and half butter and half coconut oil. I didn’t get to taste the second batch as I took it to my daughter’s school and ended up bringing home an empty tray – so, I guess it’s safe to say my daughter’s classmates enjoyed them.

Healthy Chocolate Pretzel Bars

I can attest to the fact that that first batch was so ridiculously good – and easy to make!

If you have some oats, eggs, coconut oil, dates, chocolate chips, and pretzels in your pantry, you can easily whip up a batch of these with the help of your blender and oven!

Slightly crunchy and less crumbly than the second batch – this second batch is not only wonderful road trip food, but are just as delightful with a cup of tea or coffee for breakfast or dessert.

Healthy Chocolate Pretzel Bars

Healthy Chocolate Chip Pretzel Bars

Yield: 9
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

These, 8-ingredient, gluten-free, Chocolate Pretzel Bars are sweetened with dates and contain coconut oil and make for a delicious snack, breakfast or dessert. As they can be whipped up easily with the help of your blender, why not make a batch or two?

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 10 large mejdool dates (about 1 cup), or, you can substitute 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup coconut oil (melted), or, you can use 1/2 cup better and 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I used a mix of milk and semi sweet)
  • 1 cup roughly crushed pretzels

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Prep a 8x8 or 9x9 inch baking tray but spraying with oil and then placing parchment into it
  3. Add the dates to a bowl of warm water and let soak a few minutes till soft (if water is hot it takes about 3-5 minutes, unless dates are super dry, then might take 10 minutes) 
  4. Place the rolled outs in a blender and pulse till oats resemble oat flour 
  5. Add the softened dates, coconut oil, eggs, salt and vanilla to the blender and pulse till well incorporated.
  6. Add in the pretzels and chocolate chips and, using a spatula, mix till evenly distributed
  7. Pour mix into parchment lined baking tray and bake for 35-37 minutes.
  8. Let cool and, if so desired, melt 2 ounces of good quality chocolate and drizzle on top and enjoy!

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Ben Maclain|Havocinthekitchen.com

Wednesday 5th of April 2017

Haha, your "getting totally caked" made me laugh, Shashi! This should be in all idiomatic dictionaries:) We're not that easy-going to travel just looking for a specific food, but when we're planning a trip, we always check what kind of local deliciousness this place is famous for. And you're totally right about these snacks when it comes to a trip - we always have some fruit or nuts. I don't know why, but road trips make us crave for something dangerously unhealthy like donuts (And it's normally not one or two donuts - it's a packed box!). That's why it's a good idea to have some homemade stuff like these bars. Made with oats and figs, there's my huge YES! Perfect treats!

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Tuesday 4th of April 2017

I'm addicted to Pretzels Shash.

That's one snack that I Lynne knows if she buys a packet I'll be finishing it within the hour!

But I think baking these delicious and healthy chocolate pretzel bars could mean I would eat less of the Pretzels, as they would be needed for this recipe!

Oh, and for long trips, like you I'm a water guzzler too! :-)

allie

Monday 3rd of April 2017

Hey my friend - so now you got me thinking about that Brick Street Chocolate Cake again!!! And the sweet potato one too. GAH!!!! For me it would be about a twenty hour drive for a slice, and then I'd need to have a few panfuls of these amazing chocolate pretzel bars for the drive home...and lots of Nestle bottled water to boot!!! Love that you sweetened these bars with dates. That drizzled chocolate!!! You and your daughter know how to love, that's for sure. XOXO

allie

Monday 3rd of April 2017

I meant to say you know now to live. But perhaps that was a little Freudian slip? :)