Epic Healthy Chocolate S'mores Bars
Healthy Chocolate S’mores Bars
plant-based, dairy-free, gluten-free
Pals, feast your eyes on Summer’s favorite golden girl - the s’mores bar. When graham cracker meets chocolate meets warm gooey marshmallow, sparks FLY! Don’t worry, no campfire needed for these babies. This healthy take on the classic s’more is like next level crazy good!
A couple things come to mind when I think of s’mores: summer, bonfires, music, care-free, and yes probably the fact that they are typically labeled as ‘unhealthy’ (which kind of contradicts the care-free feeling). While I don’t love characterizing specific foods ‘unhealthy’, these bars are made with the upmost natural ingredients so you can sit back down and continue having a great time with friends & family this summer without those types of thoughts. On top of that, these bars don’t give up any of the crunchiness you get from the graham cracker, or the hot, melt-y chocolate, or even the extra fluffy marshmallow. You can thank me later.
The base of the bars is a crispy graham cracker crust made with 4 (yes, 4!!!) wholesome ingredients. Then we layer in some melted dark chocolate (my favorite part). And we top it all off with an all-natural marshmallow (yes, they are a thing). I used a brand called SmashMallow that makes marshmallows with natural ingredients but feel free to use your standard large marshmallow as a substitute - trust me, it won’t kill you.
Side note - does anyone else feel like there is not a good way to eat a s’more? They can be super messy. I mean the classic s’more is melted chocolate and a hot marshmallow sandwich in between 2 graham crackers. The minute you bite into it you have gooey marshmallow flying all over the place. It’s kind of like eating a banana. You never want to have a staring contest with someone while you eat a banana (ugh, awkward). Same with s’mores, I’d like nobody to look at me while I attempt to eat this delicious mess, thank you. So let’s just declare this a judgement free treat and go ahead and get a little messy with it!
Epic Healthy Chocolate S’mores Bars
2 cups oats
1 tsp nutmeg
dash of sea salt
1/2 cup coconut oil (melted and cooled)
3 Tbsp coconut sugar
1 4.5 oz bag Smash Mallows (or regular marshmallows)
Preheat oven to 350 F and line an 8 x 8 baking pan with parchment paper
Pour the coconut oil mixture into the bowl with the oats and stir until well combined (the consistency should be dough-like, this is your ‘graham cracker’ crust)
Spoon the dough into the baking pan and press into the bottom of the pan until even and set aside
Heat a medium skillet over low heat and add bag of chocolate chips
Continuously stir chocolate chips until melted (don’t leave them in the skillet unattended or they will burn)
Once chocolate is melted, pour over the ‘graham cracker crust’ in the baking pan
Place marshmallows evenly on top of chocolate and bake for 15-17 minutes until the tops of the marshmallows turn golden
Let cool for 10 minutes then transfer to fridge for about an hour
Once cooled, cut bars into 16 squares and enjoy!
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