Chia Bars: How to make chocolate dipped sesame chia bars

Bake sesame, chia, pumpkin seeds, rolled oats and honey until the bars become sticky and set together. Dip each bar into dark chocolate for a delicious finale!

We typically don’t have much time to prepare healthy snacks for in-between meetings and meals and so while researching through Taste found a recipe that was easy to make and that I could also easily adjust.

You can add your own favourite ingredients to this recipe while still ensuring it’ll “work”. Originally the ingredients included more honey and a few different nuts, so we replaced most of the honey with chia seeds and the nuts with rolled oats and pumpkin seeds.

Why chia seeds, pumpkin seeds + rolled oats?

Chia seeds were chosen to bind together the bar, because we weren’t including much honey. Honey is a crowd pleaser however we were looking for a bar that had less calories (as they’re also dipped in dark chocolate).

Chia is an ancient seed that was widely consumed by the Aztecs and Mayans – they provided energy that was sustainable and is now a superfood in modern day. Chia seeds are packed with nutrients including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein. They are also high in fibre and Omega-3 Fatty acids.

Pumpkin seeds were included in this recipe because they’re high in magnesium. Muscle pain from gym work has spurred us to look for foods rich in magnesium which is meant to provide some relief.

Rolled Oats were chosen because they’re a good source of carbs and fibre and we generally feel “fuller” after snacks that include oats. Whole oats are high in antioxidants and include a group of antioxidants called avenathramides which have an anti-inflammatory effect.

Other ingredients in this recipe include sesame seeds, psyllium husk and dark chocolate. Psyllium husk for digestion, sesame seeds because they’re the base of the recipe (surely they’re also packed with great nutrients, all seeds are!) and dark chocolate for taste.

This bar is a perfect fit when an extra boost is needed. It was softer than a bar should be due to the lack of honey and the softness of the chia seeds – this can be improved by either adding more honey or nuts to the recipe.

We then decorated the bars – you can serve however you like. We’d love to see any of your own healthy recipes or creations tag @theprboss on Instagram.

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients (Serves 6)

  • 150g (1 cup) white or black sesame seeds
  • 75g (1/2 cup) white or black chia seeds
  • 150g (1 cup) pumpkin seeds
  • 75g (1/2 cup) rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons psyllium husk
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup water

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180c fan forced. Line a square or rectangular pan with baking paper.
Step 2: Combine sesame, chia, pumpkin seeds and rolled oats in a large bowl. Add psyllium husk, sea salt and 1 cup water to the mixture. Microwave the honey and olive oil in a heatproof jug for 1 minute. Add to the mixture and stir well to combine. Use a spatula and press the mixture extremely tightly into the pan (this part is crucial). Bake the mixture for 20 minutes or until golden. Completely cool.
Step 3: When completely cool, cut approximately 16 bars. Melt the dark chocolate and place in a ramekin. Dip the bars in chocolate, allowing the bar to drip before placing each bar on baking paper. Set aside to set. Move bars to the fridge to allow them to set and store in an airtight container.

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