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Since having a baby seven weeks ago, I’ve developed a greater than ever appreciation for fast and healthy recipes.  It’s no longer possible to spend leisurely hours in the kitchen, despite all the help I get. 

Now my focus is on cooking fast, in order to eat fast, in order to have my hands free to deal with a toddler and a newborn!  My dessert cravings have suffered most as a result of this (which is probably a boon to the postpartum waistline).  

So, I was quite delighted when I first stumbled across this great recipe while flipping through a small cookbook created by a Mennonite church in Toronto.

The title caught my eye because of its apparent contradiction: “healthy” and “fudgy” don’t usually appear in the same name, unless it’s just a marketing scam!  The ingredient list, though long, proved otherwise.  These actually are both healthy and fudgy, and very quick to make – less than 10 minutes.  My first batch was made in the evening and gone by the next afternoon; I guess the whole family approved!

Healthy Fudgy Power Bars

½ cup honey

½ cup peanut butter

½ cup cocoa powder

½ cup skim milk powder

¼ cup wheat germ

¼ cup rolled oats

¼ cup bran

¾ cup sunflower seeds

¼ unsweetened shredded coconut

½ cup chopped unsweetened dates

1/3 cup chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, etc.)

¼ cup sesame seeds

In a pan over low heat, stir together honey and peanut butter until smooth.  Remove from heat, add cocoa powder and skim milk powder and blend well.  Stir in remaining ingredients.  Press into an oiled 9x9 pan.  Chill; cut into squares.  These store well in freezer.

From “Remixed: The Urban Mennonite Cookbook”



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