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Attune Healthy Holidays Recipe Contest + a Cocoa Bar Recipe!


I'm super excited to be participating as a judge in the Attune Foods Healthy Holidays Recipe Contest. I will be judging the "vegan" category of the contest and announcing the winner via video.

Nutty Double Chocolate Rice Crispy Bars. And in celebration of the contest, I whipped up my own Attune Foods recipe using the Erewhon Cocoa Brown Rice Cereal. These bars are super chocolate-y and delicious. Get my recipe and all the details about the recipe contest including the prizes, categories and other judges..



First all the contest details...

DURATION OF CONTEST: October 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012 (winners announced January 11, 2013)

CATEGORIES / JUDGES:

Aida Mollenkamp - Healthy Treats category
Irvin Lin - Pie category
Shauna James Ahern - Gluten-Free category
Kathy Patalsky - Vegan category

PRIZES:

Healthy Treats Prize - One person will win the Healthy Treats Prize of a Breville Sous Chef Food Processor and six months of cereal.
Pie Prize – One person will win the Pie Prize of a Kitchen-Aid Professional 600 Series Stand Mixer and six months of cereal.
Gluten-Free Prize – One person will win the Gluten-Free category prize of a Circulon Symmetry Chocolate 11-Piece Pot and Pan set and six months of cereal.
Vegan Prize – One person will win the Vegan category prize of a Wusthof Classic 7-Piece Block Knife Set and six months of cereal. (Fab prize! These knives are AMAZING. I own (one Wusthof knife) and a whole set is super awesome. Perfect for all the veggie chopping vegans do.)

TO ENTER: Folks can enter on the Attune Foods website at www.attunefoods.com/recipe-contest.

IMPORTANT:
You must use the required ingredients in your recipe entry. See rules for details - example the vegan contest "Must incorporate one of the following Attune Foods products into the recipe: Erewhon Buckwheat & Hemp cereal or Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice- Gluten Free"

And for my recipe..



Nutty Double Chocolate Rice Crispy Bars
vegan, makes 12 large bars (using box as the chilling container)

4 cups Erewhon cocoa brown rice
4 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
4 Tbsp Almond butter
1 cup dark chocolate chips, vegan
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp chia seeds
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup raw walnuts
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Directions:

Container: I got creative and used the Erewhon box as my crispy bars container! I simply cut out one large flat side and then lined the inside with some foil. Wax paper could also be used to line. (You could also use a variety of containers to chill the bars in - depending on how thick you would like them.)

My boxed bars..



1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt the almond butter, coconut oil and chocolate chips. Add in the salt and vanilla. Turn off heat once almost all the chips have softened and stir until smooth. Use low heat to melt if needed.

2. Add in the oats, chia seeds and walnuts, and stir well until the oats absorb the liquid cocoa mixture.

3. Fold in the crispy rice cereal - gently.

4. Pour the mixture into the lined cereal box and place in the freezer. The bars should be chilled and ready to slice in 20-30 minutes.

Store the leftover bars in the freezer and allow to that a minute or two before serving. You could also store in the fridge, but I like my bars extra chilled - so the freezer works for me.






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