Skip to main content

Sponsored Content

Blend Indulgence with Nutrition

Dec 29, 2015 04:04AM, Published by Family Features, Categories: Family Features Food, Family Features




With family gatherings and New Year’s resolutions, this is the time of year where the holiday and wellness seasons find themselves on a collision course. The key to fully enjoying both seasons is finding treats that balance great taste with nutritional value.

Hazelnuts, which are widely known as the culprit behind the irresistible flavor of chocolate hazelnut spreads, are one way to consciously enjoy the season. Rich in vitamins and dietary fiber, and naturally cholesterol and gluten free, hazelnuts can amplify a variety of foods and flavors for an indulgence-meets-nutritious experience.

The finest hazelnuts are grown in the lush fields along the Black Sea coast of Turkey, where the optimal climate of the region produces hazelnuts that have a creamy, buttery flavor and crunchy texture.  

Turkish hazelnuts add extra vitamins and fiber to recipes, creating a nutritious but indulgent snack, such as this recipe for hazelnut chocolate energy bars. Dates, oats and chocolate chips are bound with hazelnut butter for an on-the-go boost perfect for breakfast time, or any time.

Find more hazelnut inspiration at hazelnutsfromturkey.com.

Hazelnut Chocolate Energy Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup hazelnut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup hazelnuts, toasted
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preparation

  1. Place dates in food processor and mix until small bits remain and form ball. Add cocoa powder and salt and process.
  2. Heat hazelnut butter and honey until warm. Pour into food processor along with remaining ingredients. Pulse until well mixed.
  3. Transfer to lightly greased and foil-lined 9-by-9-inch pan. Using spatula, pack mixture into tight square. Freeze to set for 15 minutes. Remove and cut into 15 bars. Store in airtight container or bag in fridge to keep fresh, or in freezer for longer term storage.

Sponsored by Hazelnut Marketing Board


Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Cabarrus Magazine's free newsletter to catch every headline



Family Features Family Features Food


  • Local Organic Farmers Market

    06/28/2017
    04:00AM — 06:00PM

    Enjoy high quality, locally sourced produce from certified organic farmers. Support these hard-wo...


  • Renaissance Classical Preschool Summer Camp

    06/28/2017
    07:00AM — 06:00PM

    Renaissance Classical Preschool Summer camp June 12th-August 4th. Our Summer camp is designed to ...


  • Earth Fare Grand Opening

    06/28/2017
    07:00AM — 09:00PM

    Earth Fare, the authentic specialty organic and natural food grocery store, invites the greater C...


  • Renaissance Classical Preschool NOW ENROLLING

    06/28/2017
    08:00AM — 05:00PM

    Renaissance Classical Preschool is now enrolling for 2017-2018. We cater to children ages 1-3yrs ...


  • Registration Open for Toddler Summer Camp Ages 4 & 5! Summer fun with curriculum incorporated thr...


  • Body Sculpt

    06/28/2017
    05:30PM — 06:30PM

    A combination of traditional body sculpting methods using free weights, resistance bands and your...


  • CBC Trivia Night

    06/28/2017
    07:00PM

    Cabarrus Brewing Co’s weekly Trivia Night hosted by KanePunch Comedy’s Patrick & Joel is held eve...


  • Namaste and have a Beer

    06/28/2017
    07:00PM — 08:00PM

    Join us at Twenty-Six Acres every Wednesday for Yoga with Jill Falconer Yoga! Classes are $10 and...


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

Get Cabarrus Magazine Delivered to Your Door!

Subscribe today!


PROUDLY BROUGHT TO YOU BY THESE COMMUNITY SPONSORS


Carolina Pizza Huts
Cabarrus Economic Development
DefyGravity Charlotte
Twenty-Six Acres Brewing Company
Kannapolis Intimidators