March 16, 2016 Jennifer

Snack Bars Keep it Real, Allow for Innovation, and Encourage (Moderated) Excess. We love them!

You can do just about anything with a snack bar — and our Forq Foodies can prove it!

The snack bar is a beautiful recipe creation. With many of the same basic ingredients, it’s final form and identity is entirely versatile, whether it’s more dessert, more health bar, a breakfast replacement, a basic barrier to hunger, or a glorious submission to decadence and excess. We love the bar partly because you can go wild with the recipe and still to keep it in the ‘just a snack’ column depending on how small you cut the portions. It’s just not cake, not pie – not the same sort of thing at all. It’s more of an allusion to those things, a suggestion that excess is possible, but that *this* isn’t going to get you in the same sort of trouble…

Now, amazingly, we are seeing more and more being done to make the time-honored, pan-dish ‘snack bar’ into a much more health-conscious ‘clean food’ and here at Forq, we are incredibly excited about the evolution of the snack bar in this direction. What’s even better is how easy the final form of any bar-based recipe really is to change. This is not delicate cooking that requires a careful ratio of wet to dry; a hold-your-breath wait to see if the batter rises. This food is intentionally dense, forgiving, filled with ingredients that can be swapped out at will to continue the bar’s evolution into either your perfect daily afternoon standby, or the outrageous dessert you never knew you wanted but now can’t live without. Bars are fantastic projects for home cooks and at Forq, we are all about being in the driver’s seat and continually experimenting.

And now there is a treasure trove of recipe content being published to our Forq food app! Today, we’re featuring five incredible snack bars with enticing flavor profiles that have been submitted by our users to Forq — some of these bars are dessert based, some made more for clean-living — but we encourage you to go into the Forq app and check out what else is there. We’ve added thousands of recipes, all submitted by home cooks located all over the world. These recipes are vetted by foodies, submitted by your neighbors (if you count the world as such and we hope you do), and offered up with true foodie love. The only thing missing is your feedback once you’ve tried them, so get cooking and tell us in the app how they worked, and how you made them better!

Coconut & Avocado Grasshopper Bars

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Ingredients:

Mint Layer

  • 1 Hass avocado
  • 1/4 C honey
  • 6 T coconut oil, melted
  • 1 and 1/2 C shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 t mint extract, or 1-2 dropps food-grade peppermint essential oil
  • dash of salt

Chocolate Layer

  • 1/4 C coconut oil
  • 2 T honey
  • 1/4 C cocoa powder
  • 1/4 t vanilla extract
  • dash of salt

See the Forq app for the recipe instructions, and don’t forget to share your rating!

Raw & Vegan Snickers Bars

Raw & Vegan Snickers Bars

Ingredients:
  • 8 large dates
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 T oats (optional)
  • 1 T water
  • 2 T almond flour
  • 1 T peanut butter
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • 1 dash chopped peanuts
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 1 T raw cacao powder

See the Forq app for the recipe instructions, and don’t forget to share your rating!

Google Bars

Google Bars

Ingredients:
  • 1 dark chocolate cake mix (or whatever flavor you like)
  • 1 white cake mix (or whatever flavor you like)
  • 2/3 C cooking oil
  • 2/3 C evaporated milk (or half and half)
  • 1 C chocolate chips (or butterscotch)
  • 3/4 C toffee chips (optional)
  • 3/4 C caramel sauce (optional)

See the Forq app for the recipe instructions, and don’t forget to share your rating!

5 Minute No Bake Protein Bars

5 Minute No Bake Protein Bars

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 C peanut butter (crunchy adds texture)
  • 1/2 C honey
  • 2/3 c oats
  • 2 and 1/2 scoops protein powder
  • 2 T water (if needed)
  • 1/3 C dark chocolate chips

See the Forq app for the recipe instructions, and don’t forget to share your rating!

Almond Butter Raspberry Chia Bars

Almond Butter Raspberry Chia Bars

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 C rolled oats
  • 1/4 C almond butter
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • 1/2 C raspberries
  • 2 T chia seeds
  • 2 T coconut oil, melted
  • 1 T raw cacao powder

See the Forq app for the recipe instructions, and don’t forget to share your rating!

Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars

Ingredients:

Base:

  • Butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 C graham crackers
  • 1/2 C chopped nuts
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 4 T cacao powder (unsweetened)
  • 1 C coconut

Filling:

  • 1/4 C butter
  • 3 T custard
  • 3 T milk (add slowly)
  • 2 C icing sugar (powdered)

Topping:

  • 4 squares semi-sweet chocolate (chocolate chips are fine)
  • 1 t butter

See the Forq app for the recipe instructions, and don’t forget to share your rating!

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