Those of you who have been following my blog for a while may already know of my love for all things Bob’s Red Mill. In my household, Bob’s Red Mill whole grain products are somehow worked into almost every meal. So I was especially excited when they sent me samples from their new natural nut flour line to play around with.
March is National Nutrition Month, and this month I am focused on preparing more healthy, low-cost meals at home. That’s not always easy when you have a busy schedule. I regularly turn to both Bob’s Red Mill’s website and the Cooking Matters website for well-balanced meals that can be made for only a few dollars per serving.
I made these chocolate-hazelnut dessert bars as a quick snack to get me through mid-term exams this week. They’re based off of this recipe, and prominently feature Bob’s Red Mill Hazelnut Meal/Flour, dark chocolate chips and whole hazelnuts. Dark chocolate is a good source of plant-based iron, and hazelnuts are rich in unsaturated fats, protein, fiber, several B vitamins, and Vitamin E.
For those following special diets, this recipe is also low-carb and gluten free, making it a good dessert option for diabetics and those with gluten sensitivities, as long as you limit your serving size to one dessert square.
Quick & Easy Chocolate-Hazelnut Dessert Bars
makes 12 servings
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill Hazelnut Flour/Meal
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup hazelnuts
Preheat oven to 350*F. Spray a 9-inch square pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the melted butter and cocoa powder. Stir to combine. Add the sugar, eggs and vanilla extract, and whisk until smooth. Stir in the hazelnut flour, cornstarch, baking powder and sea salt. Finally, add the chocolate chips and hazelnuts.
Spread the mixture into the baking pan and bake for 30 minutes. Dessert bars will be ready when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out smooth. Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes on the counter before cutting into 12 equal squares and serving.
As an added bonus, I am giving away Bob’s Red Mill Nut Flour Prize Packs to 3 lucky readers. The prize packs feature a 14 ounce bag of Hazelnut Flour/Meal, a 16 ounce bag of Almond Flour/Meal, and a 16 ounce bag of Organic Coconut Flour — over a $30 value! All flours are low-carb and gluten free.
To enter, leave a comment below and let me know one of your favorite food obsessions at the moment. I will pick 3 winners at random from all who have enter by Saturday, March 15th at 9:00 pm PDT. Winners will be posted here and notified via e-mail.
This giveaway is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill and open to U.S. residents only. I received free product from Bob’s Red Mill, but all opinions are my own.
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Candice Hoff, Jeffrey and Wendy Wallace! I will be contacting you via e-mail to claim your prize.