I have a confession to make. It’s the reason that I struggle with eating healthy. There are salty food cravers, and there are sweet food craves, and believe me, I love sugar. And yes, I know that it’s not good for me. However, as a mama, at the end of the day, after the Littles are in bed, and the Big One’s activities are over, I need a sweet treat for my sweet tooth, and I’ve recently discovered the Outshine Yogurt and Fruit Bars, as a great treat. They are sweet enough for my child-sized sweet tooth, but their ingredients give the for mom in me to feel good about what I’m eating. That being said, sometimes I need a bit of a chocolate punch for my sweet tooth, and I’ve found an appropriate adult solution for adding a bit of chocolate to the Outshine bars that makes me feel like a health-minded adult.
At my local farmer’s marker, I found that I can buy dark Cacao Nibs. If you haven’t heard of Cacao nibs before, you can buy them at your local health food or farmer’s market– or perhaps a really large grocery store. They are a form of chocolate in a purer form than the typical candy bar, and have been called by some to be a superfood. All that being said, they taste like chocolate, but without all of the sweetness. They are an excellent chocolate pairing for the Outshine Bars, and I found they it tastes great with both the strawberry yogurt bars, and the raspberry fruit bars.
If you’d like to add some cacao nibs to your Outshine Bar, I’d recommend that you remove the fruit or yogurt bar from its wrapper and microwave the bar for around 15 seconds at a medium power. Then you can take the slightly softened bar and dip or roll it directly into the cacao nibs. After it’s coated in the nibs, you can stick the Outshine bar back into the freezer to refreeze. It doesn’t take long.
The combination of the deep chocolatey taste of the cacao nibs and the rich fruit taste of the raspberry Outshine bars is really satisfying, even if it’s not super-sweet. And the Strawberry Outshine yogurt bar with the nibs really feels decadent. It’s a sophisticated dessert that feels more natural and less processed than my other dessert options.
Now if you don’t want to go the route of the softened fruit bar and rolling the bar in the cacao nibs, I found that dipping the bar into the nibs works almost as well.
Or you can dip with the raspberry fruit bar:
Now, I have to try the other flavors to see how they work with cacao nibs, but I’m really interested in trying the coconut fruit bars, as I think they will taste delicious with the cacao nibs.
Have you tried the new Outshine Bars?