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Five-minute, no-bake, vegan chocolate almond butter chews

For this particular snack recipe I had several goals in mind:
that it’s portable
less than five minutes to prepare
five ingredients or less
around 100 calories
easily adapted to wheat- or gluten-free

It was a tall order, but I was willing to take the challenge. These almond butter chews could not be any easier and are great for a pre-workout snack. You can even make them gluten-free quite easily by using Nature’s Path Crispy Rice gluten-free cereal. Just be sure to check the rest of your ingredients to ensure that they’re also gluten-free.

Yield: 7 golf-ball sized chews

1/4 cup chunky all-natural almond butter
3 tbsp organic brown rice syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup rice crisp cereal
1 tbsp cacao nibs or chopped dark chocolate

1. Line a plate with parchment paper.
2. In a medium sized bowl, stir together the almond butter, brown rice syrup, and vanilla. Microwave on high for 35-45 seconds or heat on the stovetop until simmering. Stir well and immediately add in the rice crisp cereal and cacao nibs or chopped chocolate until combined.
3. Wet hands thoroughly and shape the mixture into ‘golf-balls’. Press mixture together firmly so it will hold. Wet hands after each ball is formed so the mixture will not stick to your hands.
4. Place the balls onto parchment paper lined plate and freeze for 5 minutes. You can keep these chews in the freezer in a sealed container. They remain nice and chewy even straight from the freezer.

Carol Graham is our healthy recipe guru and office manager at Shaping Concepts. If you have a healthy recipe you’d like to share please send it our way. Shaping Concepts provides personal training in Charleston with a FREE no-obligations trial. Experience the Shaping Concepts difference for yourself today.

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