After a resounding YES from all to the combination of roasted sweet potatoes + almond butter, I took it upon myself to make this dynamic duo into bars. Because who doesn’t like a good bar?! And, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
The blender also makes things a tad bit easier. Throw all the ingredients except the dried cherries into the blender, turn it on, and you’re done with the batter. Stir in the cherries. Pour into a pan. And POOF! You’re ready for the oven.
The most planning this takes is making sure you have some cooked sweet potatoes around. Bake a couple extra when you’re making dinner. Throw them in before you hop in the shower some morning. Try out your new pressure cooker. Heck, even buy some canned yams!
A quick once over of the recipes around here, you can tell we’ve got a little <thing> for chocolate. So here you go, you non-chocolate lovers – a slightly sweet, slightly savory bar you can enjoy all day long.
Sweet Potato Almond Butter Bars
Servings: 12 squares
1 cup baked sweet potato
1/2 cup almond butter
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 cup oats
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup dried cherries
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Grab your 8×8 inch pan and line with parchment paper – or grease it super well.
- Put all the ingredients except the dried cherries in the blender. Blend well.
- Stir in the cherries. Pour into your prepared pan.
- Bake for 22 – 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- Use gluten free oats, if needed.
- Any type of dried fruit would be awesome in these – you guys just know my obsession with tart cherries! Use what you have on hand.
Athletes: One square provides 150% of your daily needs for Vitamin A <great antioxidant> + 20 gm complex carbohydrates + 7 gm healthy fats + 5 gm protein. All of these things makes these bars an awesome snack throughout the day or post workout.
Healthy Eating: Full of complex carbohydrates, healthy unsaturated fats, and antioxidants adding a square into your day as a snack to hold you over between meals, satisfy your snack attack, and manage your appetite between meals.
Kids: My two year old helped herself to these gems right off the table as I was trying to photograph them and came back for another. So while they’ll never pass for a cookie, I do think they’ll pass for a great snack or addition to lunchboxes soon!