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Hi everyone,

If you get a chance, be sure to take a look at the new website.

Do you see the pink and blue header on the site? And a light purple background? By the end of this week, it will all look very different. So be sure to take one last look while you still can! While I’m working on the changes, I have a lovely guest blogger for you today:

Healthy fudge candy bars. http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2013/02/15/healthy-eatmore-fudge-chocolate-bars/

Hello to all the wonderful readers of Katie’s delicious Chocolate-Covered blog!

I’m Christal, from Nutritionist in the Kitch. I was absolutely thrilled when Katie asked if I would feature my Healthy ‘Eatmore’ Fudge Squares on her blog because:

a) I am a HUGE fan of Chocolate-Covered Katie and have always been incredibly inspired by her ability to take the often-unhealthy foods we crave and turn them into something healthy and still just as delicious!

b) It means I get to share these amazing Healthy ‘Eatmore’ Fudge Squares with even more wonderful people!!

As a Nutritionist I am always looking for ways to “healthify” those not-so-healthy recipes. I am a true advocate of ‘clean eating’ and believe the body can thrive best off of whole, natural, unprocessed, and unrefined foods… but that sure doesn’t mean those foods have to be bland or boring!

Homemade "Eatmore" Fudge Candy Bars Secretly healthy chocolate fudge squares that taste like candy bars. http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2013/02/15/healthy-eatmore-fudge-chocolate-bars/

Enter the Healthy ‘Eatmore’ Fudge Squares. As a kid, I devoured Eatmore Bars when I got the chance (this wasn’t often because chocolate bars always led to me having temper tantrums… I’m guessing it had to do with the enormous amounts of ‘bounce-off-the-walls’ refined sugar…), and I have to admit, to this day, I still get a craving for a sweet, chewy, Eatmore bar… but nowadays I couldn’t bring myself to eat one. So instead, this recipe does the trick! Not only does this healthy version still taste like an Eatmore bar, it tastes like an Eatmore bar topped with FUDGE! Yes, fudge. Healthy fudge! No refined sugars, flours, or chemicals found here in these super delicious and incredibly easy homemade fudge squares!

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Eatmore Chocolate Fudge Bars

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup almonds, unsalted
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, unsalted
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 4 tbsp natural almond butter
  • 1/4 cup more unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp unpasteurized honey (K note: strict vegans can use agave)
Yield: Makes 16

Instructions

Put dates in a bowl with warm water, allow dates to soak for 30 minutes, then drain. Mix together dates, almonds, walnuts, and 1/4 cup cocoa powder in a food processor until well blended. Spread mixture in a 9×5 baking pan (or an 8×8 is okay) until evenly distributed, and press down gently with a spoon. Mix together bananas, almond butter, honey, and other 1/4 cup cocoa powder in the food processor until well blended. Spread mixture over bottom layer until evenly distributed. Place in freezer for 30 minutes. Cut into 16 squares. Re-freeze whatever you don’t eat, and enjoy at another time! For troubleshooting or substitution advice, please ask Chrystal, as this is her recipe.

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Lisa says:

    Wow, these look so fudge-y and delicious! The fudge topping looks to die for. I love dates, but always forget about them for making desserts.

    1. Thanks Lisa! Yes, I use dates all the time in baking, they are awesome to make pie crusts with too!!

  2. It’s hard to live up to Katie’s incredible helthy treat standard but these look phenomenal!! Can’t wait to make them 🙂

  3. Hannah says:

    How dare you be evil and make delicious foods to tempt me. YOU ROCK!

    This looks really good, and I’m going to have to try it…someday. Probably when I’m out of the trailer.

  4. sherry says:

    Yum!! Definitely going to follow Christy’s blog/site!! Thank You!

  5. Alanna says:

    These look amazing! I must get to the store and buy dates… been too busy lately to do much in the way of cooking / baking / food prep in general. 🙁 I’ll definitely check out your blog, and Katie, looking forward to seeing the new version of yours very soon! 🙂

  6. FUUUUUUDGE! Yum! Those look so great!

  7. All I have to say is YUM! Wish I could have made these yesterday for V-day 🙂

    1. Jordan, you could always have a ‘belated’ V-day celebration just as an excuse to make them! 😉

      1. Jordan says:

        You’re so right! 🙂 ANY excuse for a celebration!

  8. Asia says:

    These look great, can’t wait to try them. But it has been proven again and again and again and again that sugar does not cause hyperactivity. No, refined sugar isn’t good for you, but the facts you use to prove that point should be accurate.

    1. Hey Asia! They sure are delicious! I am not sure where you have read your research, but my research, and the research I studied while in school to become a Registered Nutritionist proved strong correlations between refined sugar consumption and hyperactivity in children. Then again all research usually has some to disprove it, but I wouldn’t say it has been proven that the connection isn’t there for sure!

      1. Krys says:

        As a holistic nutritionist myself, I can ASSURE you that refined sugar is directly linked to behavioral issues. As well as wheat, preservatives and artificial flavors and colors. I personally have succeeded in getting children off of ritalin and a myriad of other behavioral modification meds by simply removing refined sugar from the diet. I’m not sure where you are getting your information, but I have seen it first hand in my practice that the correlation is absolutely verifiable.

        1. Christal@NutritionistInTHeKitch says:

          Thanks Krys for backing me up on this one!

          1. Krys says:

            No problem! There is SO much misinformation out there and I have to wonder who’s pushing it. Refined white sugar has to be one of the worst things a person can eat. It’s sad when people truly believe that this is refutable (and I blame pseudo science and sketchy studies that are taken as fact). And studies on lab rats eating sugar and not getting hyper DON’T count 😉

          2. Violet says:

            I don’t know what’s true or not true (and I think white sugar is so bad if you’re eating it regularly!) but I’ve seen again and again in magazines and online in those “lists of things you think are true but they’re really myths” the thing about sugar not being linked to hyperactivity. never read any scientific studies on it but people sure do like to treat that as a myth lately I’ve noticed!

          3. amy says:

            I think that the myth is when people think that giving your child a sugary treat will make them bounce off the walls for the rest of the day. research has shown that sugar doesn’t really have that effect. however, a diet that’s regularly high in sugar is a cause or a factor in ADD and ADHD. you guys think you’re disagreeing, but actually you’re just talking about two different things. youre welcome! 😉

          4. Mel says:

            White sugar is typically the first ‘gate-way’ drug that most drug addicts (heroine, cocaine, meth, etc.) will actually identify as the first substance that they “had to have” and felt physically addicted to.

        2. Audrey says:

          As a mother of 3, I have to agree. Sugar is a serious trigger and extremely obvious if your family doesn’t regular consume it. My kids eat a little sugar and they are jumping on the couch, giddy, racing around like crazy and out of control. It’s a reaction that occurs within minutes too!

          1. ash says:

            Agreed, Audrey! My kids hardly ever eat any sugar and when they do they literally go from normal play to racing around in circles…and it’s happened over and over again. Whatever research may or may not say, our 2 kids both have serious hyperactivity that we have observed right after eating sugar. And each time they’ve had an after dinner dessert of some kind, they have not been able to go to sleep until 10-11pm when their normal bedtime is 7:30 and they go right down. There’s a definite connection!

          2. Christina says:

            Do an Internet search on the terms “sugar” and “hyperactivity” and try to find a credible site (one that references multiple, rigorously-performed, double-blind studies) that have ever found any link. I couldn’t do it. There are many good reasons to limit children’s sugar consumption, but please don’t perpetuate the ones that aren’t even true.

          3. ash says:

            Christina, I hear what you are saying about internet searches and credible studies that back up the connection. I research everything to the hilt, so I appreciate your wanting to keep things credible. However, both Audrey and I were talking about our personal experiences with our own children who don’t regularly consume sugar, who we notice an obvious difference in after consuming said sugar. I sincerely don’t intend this to be rude, but it’s really not your place to tell us we are perpetuating anything when we are sharing our personal family experiences. My experiences with my family in this instance have been very tangible time and time again and I have spoken with several other moms in my city who have had similar experiences. Some kind of reaction happens when my kids consume sugar that is not their norm, and the fact that you can’t find it on the internet does not invalidate our discussion. Additionally, I have read published nutrition books by credible physicians that do make a link behaviorally. I know there are 2 sides to this discussion, so please respect that others may not hold your opinion, especially when sharing personal experiences.

      2. Kristin says:

        Clearly Krys has no children. 😉 Mine bounce off the walls like crazies when given sugar!

      3. Christie says:

        These look fabulous! I’m going to go get dates tonight so I can make them 🙂 I see all this talk about refined sugar. I’ve been trying to slowly get it out of our house. I have 2 young children and I’m curious to see how/if it would benefit their behavior to eliminate it from their diet. What kind of substitutions do you recommend for baking? I bought Sugar in the Raw for sweetening tea, cocoa, but I haven’t used it for cooking yet. I’d love to hear what you have successfully used. Thanks!

        1. Hi Christie! I love Stevia as a sugar substitute! It works great in baking and as a sweetener in tea, in oatmeal, yogurt, etc.

          1. Christie says:

            Great! Thank you. I’ll pick some up along with my pitted dates tonight 😉 Is there anything I need to know about substituting it? Or just 1-for-1?

      4. Lorna says:

        Hey Christal, I’m certain you’re absolutely right about sugar. Here’s an example: last year my we took my one year old daughter to see her cousins. It was a baking hot day and someone gave her a shop-bought ice pop which was basically just sugar, water and flavouring. She’d never had any refined sugar before at all. She was usually asleep by 6.30pm every night – but that night we didn’t get her to bed until 10.10pm! Says it all for me.

      5. Matt says:

        A few thoughts on this:

        Regarding the studies that suggest no causal relationship with sugar & hyperactivity: There was actually a time when researchers thought that anabolic steroids had no effect/benefit on building muscle mass, but the hard core body builders knew the opposite. Why, because the studies were constructed using “safe” dosages of steroids, which was far less than what body builders were using. Makes you wonder about the construct of the oft quoted studies that find no relationship between sugar and behavior (but I’m too lazy to look).

        In our family (specifically our daughter) we have found that one reason that sugar is a problem is because it readily replaces (pushes out) other needed nutrients. With our daughter we have found that we need to increase proteins and even healthy fats (but mostly protein), to give her a slower burning energy source.

      6. Josie says:

        I’m suspicious of the whole sugar making kids hyper thing. I think kids get excited because they associate sugary foods with fun things like parties (or maybe they’re at a party and are having lots of sweets and are hyper because they’re having a great time) so there are environmental and paychological factors at play too. Parents often use sugar food at celebrations or to reward good behaviour. I don’t think it’s chemical. Put it this way, do a little experiment with your kids and put a stack of processed sugar on some Brocchili at dinner time. Let me know if they go hyper for it …(hint: they won’t).

    2. Ruth says:

      Asia’s right. I’ve read at least one (possibly more but not sure right now) study where they tell parents that their child was or wasn’t given sugar. I think in every case they did not actually give the child sugar. It’s the child’s own parent, so they should be a good judge of what’s normal or hyperactive in the particular child. When told their child was given sugar, parents reported that the child was hyperactive. However, that’s impossible, because they said this despite the child not actually having any. It’s a myth – a widely believed myth, but still a myth. Children get excited at special occasions, occasions at which they might eat more sweet food than normal. It’s not the sweet food, and it’s certainly not the sugar.

      Using dates and bananas instead of sugar is tasty, it’s a nice different change to try, and they have vitamins and minerals that sugar doesn’t. But it won’t stop kids being hyperactive, because sugar never made them hyperactive in the first place. The recipe looks great and I’m going to try it, but there’s no need for false claims. It stands on its own merits!

      1. Rachel says:

        I’m pretty sure Christal was just using her own personal experience as a kid in regards to the sugar. Way to welcome a guest post by jumping down her throat.

        1. It’s true, as a kid I honestly did experience a behavioral change when I was overloaded with sugar… one main trigger was Orange Crush pop… not only is it loaded with a whopping 71g of refined sugars per bottle but also artificial color additives (also linked with child hyperactivity) and high fructose corn syrup… yuk!! I don’t feel offended at all by Asia’s comment, but I do believe that there are two sides to the story! Some research may say refined sugar does not have this affect, but there is PROVEN research that also DOES. So really, it’s which you decide you are going to go with I guess! I also don’t think I would have been taught false research in university either as a mandatory part of educational material.

          1. Kim says:

            I’m a teacher and in my classroom based research for 18 years (with 16-22 kids each year), I can certainly tell you that sugar DOES cause kids to be hyper. I don’t even need the research to support that.
            Christal, I love the look of these bars and will try them over February vacation! Thanks for posting.

          2. Brenda says:

            It’s called the power of suggestion. I teach elementary school in a subject which requires incredible concentration, quiet, and dexterity. Halloween, Valentine’s day, all the other sugar-filled holidays, the classes are the same. If you give kids the opportunity to believe they’ll be hyper, they will be, but they go right back to normal once they’re in the boundaries and parameters of a structured environment. At least in my classes.

      2. Jordan says:

        In a quick search, I don’t see studies that “PROVE” that sugar causes hyperactivity. I do see a number of surveys that can point to a *correlation* between sugar consumption and ADHD, etc., (but we’re talking about 4 glasses of soda per day in 16-year-olds, or self-reported intakes, which hardly seem reliable). But correlation is not causation, and even scientists and professors aren’t immune to confirmation bias. The abstract I found most interesting as I was looking was one that suggested perhaps causation runs the other direction.

        However, I did find empirical studies in the model Ruth mentions. In fact, in 1995, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a literature review that looked at 23 published studies using that model and found no correlation between perceived hyperactivity and actual refined sugar consumption. The year before in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Hoover & Milich found that it might even be the adults’ attitudes and behaviors that are more influential.

        Anecdotal evidence? My kids love sweets–but they behave the worst when they’re hungry. (I probably do, too!)

        I have a friend who is avoiding gluten and refined sugar, so I look forward to making this, but I agree that the recipe can stand on its own merits.

  9. Tamara says:

    yussss i have all the ingredients, sugar here i come 🙂 and I am super excited to see the new banner!

  10. I love how all of these ingredients are whole foods and yet the resulting product looks amazing and droolworthy. Gorgeous!

    1. Thanks Anna! I’m all about using whole, unrefined ingredients, even for the sweet treats :)!

  11. Ange says:

    When is your cookbook coming out? I’m waiting patiently…

  12. These look really good. Best of luck with your re-design! I just finished my new site a little while ago and I know how much work it takes- thanks for working on things to make it better for all of your readers. You are appreciated!

  13. I’ve never heard of eatmore bars, but this looks so amazing!

  14. Ummmm, those look absolutely delicious! I really need to try baking with dates, not something I’ve done yet.

    1. gailmarie says:

      I was hoping more people had tried these, the bottom base came out perfect after just 30 minutes in the freezer, but… the top is still eat with a spoon wet? maye too much honey? or just freeze longer.?

      1. Elaine says:

        Mine did the same. I think next time I’d also make double base or could be my pan was too big but yes, I’d like to find something that could make the top not so runny – any thoughts anyone ? Ex

        1. Nicole Avila says:

          Hello!
          I am in the process of trying out this recipe. I’m encountering the same issues! I am glad I’m not the only one haha. I think I would definitley do double base as well. Also, it’s been an hour and the top layer still isn’t frozen. I’m sure it’ll freeze eventually. *waiting patiently*

          Nonetheless, I’m excited to eat it! It looks delicious!

  15. Kathy says:

    Hi, these look delicious! Do you think I could substitute pumpkin and flax seeds for the nuts? I’m allergic. Not sure if it would throw off the consistency of the bars or not.

    1. Hey Kathy! Yes I would use whole flaxseed not ground, and pumpkin! You could even try stirring in some sunflower seeds too (not process with the seeds). The texture of the bottom may be a little softer, but I think it would still taste great! I hope it works out! 🙂

      1. Kathy says:

        Great, thanks for the tips! I will make these this weekend.

  16. kristin says:

    I have to be honest, putting a link to your website that takes you to the exact same page you are on is kind of frustrating. Do you really need more pageviews?

    1. Kristin,
      Not everyone is viewing the website from the actual blog. Many people see it via google reader, rss, or through email. It’s not like I was trying to be cryptic and trick anyone into clicking on my site when they’re already there. I specifically said the link was to my site. 😕

      1. T says:

        …no you didn’t.
        “If you get a chance, be sure to take a look at this website.”

        1. Rosemary says:

          Well, if you mouse over the link, it tells you where it goes! “chocolatecoveredkatie.com” 🙂

        2. Harsha says:

          In all fairness, I think it would have sounded silly if she had said “take a look at my website” when you are obviously already doing so.

          1. Emma says:

            prehaps ‘take a look at the blog’ would have been better wording. I do like the new design, clan and modern,

          2. Emma says:

            *clean*

    2. Anonymous says:

      And why does anyone have an issue about this??? Lol

    3. Becca says:

      I thought it was funny…and I really don’t see how it could be “frustrating.” You clicked the link so you knew it was going to open a new page. Why does it matter what page it was? This is Katie’s blog, and she can write what she wants! I love everything she posts! 🙂

      1. Emma says:

        I thought it was an odd thing to do, link back to the same page, so I’m glad a reader was able to ask a question and Katie was able to answer it.

      2. Harsha says:

        You may not “see” it but even to me, a link that takes me back to the same page is a little irritating and kinda looks like an attempt to gain more pageviews. And in any case, just because it is Katie’s blog does not mean no one can say anything about it. That’s what the comments section is for. All that said, I don’t see a problem with the linking in this case….the way she has worded it and her explanation both seem logical to me. But like Emma, I am glad someone said it so that the misunderstanding was cleared.

        1. Harsha says:

          I forgot to add that I like this new design too..it looks clean and attractive. And the recipe is awesome…loved it.

        2. Hi Harsha,

          I don’t actually get paid for pageviews anymore, which just proves that all of the links (and links of the day) I’ve always included (and still include) have nothing to do with trying to exploit anyone. It would be counterproductive for me to anger my readers by tricking them. Sure, they might click extra at first, but eventually they’d get annoyed and go elsewhere.

          1. Harsha says:

            Thank you for the reply. I wasn’t accusing you of doing it by any means, just generally commenting on the practice. Like I said, your reasoning makes sense to me and like I said before, it would have sounded silly if you had worded it differently anyway. My point was that it is much better for readers to raise such questions and get clarifications from you rather than assuming the worst. Unless someone is being disrespectful, I don’t see why readers should be stopped from speaking up if something bothers them. In any case, thanks for going the extra mile to clarify 🙂

    4. Laura Miller says:

      I think she meant it as “take a look at the website, and tell me what you think about the new design.” Then linked it in case somebody was reading this recipe through a different source.o

  17. Lovely recipe, nothing beats whole nutritious food in deserts 🙂

    1. I agree! Desserts don’t need to be full of the refined junk to still taste amazing! 🙂

  18. Lauren says:

    Thanks for the recommendation of the website – nutritionist in the kitchen…. Just visited it! Looks like your site won’t be the only site I follow now!!

  19. Mai says:

    ooh, i’ve actually made this recipe a couple times. it is AMAZING!

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