If you love antioxidant-rich blueberries, chocolate, and dessert, then you’re going to love these Blueberry Chocolate Bars.
Sweet, bright, summery, tart, crunchy and a little gooey goodness.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Blueberries?
Blueberries have been shown to help with cardiovascular health, cognitive benefits, eye health, overall antioxidant support, insulin resistance, and anti-cancer benefits. Because blueberries contain a great amount of fiber and they’re lower in sugar than some other fruits, they have a low glycemic index which means better blood sugar regulation and steady energy.
Blueberries antioxidant content has also shown to help improve cognitive function, overall immune support, brain health and nervous system health. That’s why these little blue gems are the star ingredient in these Blueberry Chocolate Bars.
The Magic That Is This Crust
Regardless if you’re eating gluten-free foods or not, this crust is gluten-free and dairy-free friendly and is mostly made with coconut, nuts, and seeds.
I often get asked by you guys about nut/seed allergies in recipes on Nutrition Stripped and what to do. Well, it’s simple! Most of the time, even in recipes like this, if you see a nut or seed that you’re allergic to, just find another nut or seed that has a similar texture and flavor.
For the most part, the flavor is an easy thing to replace because most nuts and seeds have similar “nutty” flavor profiles, it’s the texture and use that’ll require some brainstorming. Also, when in doubt, always leave a comment here on the site so the team and I can help you troubleshoot a specific ingredient for you!
History — i.e. the real story of this recipe
Okay, so let me tell you the real story behind this recipe. First up, it involves one of Nutrition Stripped’s most popular recipe, Turmeric Milk, and the desire to innovate new recipes from this one — in short, it failed.
I was inspired to make a summery pie using the base of turmeric milk, slightly sweet, a little savory, and completely photogenic bright yellow. I attempted to make the recipe 9 times…for me, that’s a lot especially when it comes to baking! Not to brag, but I normally hit a recipe on the spot within 2 tries, but this one just wasn’t working out…except the crust.
The crust during all my tests remained delicious, crunchy, and super easy to make so I was determined to use it in some fashion. Enter in, a trip to the farmers market where I picked up some delicious blueberries, combined it with chocolate, and voila, we have these crazy good blueberry chocolate bars.
How to use this crust in many ways!
Don’t like blueberries or don’t have them handy and you’re jonesing to make this recipe? No worries, like I said this crust has been tested so many times with different flavors that it’s a winner — so add whatever berry you love.
I’ve even made the crust solo, topped it with almond butter or jam, and called it a quick dessert. I’ve also made the crust, crumbled it up on purpose and used it as a topping for coconut yogurt, banana ice cream, or in a bowl with homemade almond milk for a “sweet” cereal.
All that to say, play around with this crust and have your own experiment in the kitchen with this recipe, it’s fun to fail!