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Complete Nutrition Chocolate Bars for Kids
March 3, 2015 | Home >Healthy Kids > Nutrition Tips > Reviews and Giveaways > Childhood Obesity >Complete Nutrition Chocolate Bars for Kids

Complete Nutrition Chocolate Bars for Kids

If you’ve been looking for a homemade version of a complete nutrition bar for your kids, we found one.  We made these chocolate bars for our kids to get some extra nutrients into their day! The chocolate powder we used is a healthy source of protein, probiotics and Omega 3 fats!

chocolate bars2 verticalRecently we found a new product online called KidzShake.  Natalie and I both agreed that of all the “protein powder” or supplement powders for kids, that this one was the best!  It’s not just another protein powder.  It’s designed for kids because it tastes great, and it includes probiotics and omega3!  Here’s why we liked it:

  • It’s certified organic.
  • The whey is from grass fed, antibiotic free, hormone free cows.
  • No GMO’s, no casein.
  • The vitamins & minerals are plant and seawater based.
  • It’s sweetned by whole stevia leaves, not extracts.  The Xylitol is derived from birch, not corn.
  • The digestive enzymes are sourced from organic plants.
  • Probiotics are naturally sourced wiht no allergens
  • Omega 3 is from wild harvested krill oil
  • It’s gluten free, lactose free, nut free, and sugar free!
chocolate bars in a stack from super healthy kids

And the benefits?

  • Better Digestion! (the probiotics)
  • Better brain function (the omega fats!)
  • Boost immunity!
  • Strengthens bones and muscles.

chocolate bar with chocolate shake from shkThe obvious and easiest thing to do is combine this powder with water and drink it (which they like), but my kids love these bars!  For the bars, we combined:

  • dates
  • cashews
  • honey
  • chocolate Kidz Shake powder
  • and coconut butter *which I’m starting to prefer to coconut oil because it’s made from the whole coconut flesh, and not just the extracted oils!)

We blended these up in a food processor until it was WELL combined, and then pressed the bars into a pan to chill.  Once chilled, we ate them! (full recipe below)

making nutrition bars

Let us know how your kids like these bars! they are perfect for filling the nutrient gaps in their diet, or even for those super active kids that need extra!

And because Kidz Shake is all about full disclosure, I attached the nutrition labe.

kidzshake ingredient label

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Complete Nutrition Chocolate Bars for Kids

Serves: 9
Serving Size: 9
  • Nutrition per serving   % daily value
  • Calories: 261 13%
  • Fat: 15 g 23%
  • Carb: 21 g 7%
  • Fiber: 5 g 20%
  • Protein: 9 g 18%
  • Sugar: 11 g

Ingredients

  • 12 large – dates, pitted
  • 1 cup – Cashews
  • 6 tablespoon – Kidz Shake Chocolate Powder
  • 2 tablespoon – honey
  • 6 tablespoon – coconut butter

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender or food processor.
  2. PROCESS until completely smooth and super greasy- this may take about 5 minutes.
  3. Press into 8X8 pan.
  4. Place in fridge until hardens up and is no longer greasy. (at least 2 hours.)
  5. Store in fridge until ready to eat.

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition per serving % daily value
  • Calories: 261 13%
  • Fat: 15 g 23%
  • Carb: 21 g 7%
  • Fiber: 5 g 20%
  • Protein: 9 g 18%
  • Sugar: 11 g
written by
Amy Roskelley

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Comments(37)
Michele says:

Is the recipe dairy and soy free?

@michele, the chocolate powder wouldn’t be considered dairy free- but the rest is.

Katie says:

These look great! But my son has a nut allergy. Do you think I could sub pumpkin or sunflower seeds for cashews?

@katie, you can try- I’ve had the most luck with making nobake bars when the seeds are roasted! They seem to blend up better with more oils released.

Puja says:

Can i use coconut oil in place of coconut butter?

Yes Puja! I actually adapted the recipe from another one I use, which calls for coconut oil

Rachel says:

Where do you find coconut butter?

@Rachel, I found it right by the coconut oil. But I’ve seen several bloggers posting videos and tips on making your own. It’s pretty much blended up coconut flesh!

bron says:

Where can I buy Kidzshake in Australia? Thanks

Hi Bron You can contact them at orders@kidzshake.com to get foreign shipping prices, or perhaps a shared shipping price with others from your country.

Jenn says:

Could you substitute coconut oil if you don’t have coconut butter?

Yes you can Jenn- the recipe I adapted this from used coconut oil.

Jodi says:

Hi! Is this an American product? I am in Australia and I have never heard of it, but it looks great for my super fussy 8 year old!

Jodi- it is from America, but the founder is from Australia! Contact them at orders@kidzshake.com to get foreign shipping prices, or perhaps a shared shipping price with others from your country.

Kristye says:

I’m sure ny 4 kids would love this!

Andrea says:

It looks like a very good product! I really like the digestive enzymes in it but u are saying there is no casein and on the website says they all have milk protein! I am trying to avoid casein in our diet!

Andrea- the casein is removed in the drying ad separation of the proteins. The whey is undenatured (cold extracted)

April says:

Can you explain what the lohan extract ingredient is? Thank you.

Hi April: Lohan is a natural sweetener derived from monkfruit. The monkfruit is grown in Canada.

carly says:

I made this and used 3 tblspns of cacao instead of the kidzshake…delicious! !! Also I encourage everyone to make their own coconut butter. It is tooooo easy.

Cynthia says:

I’m glad they posted your comment. The kidzshake is not dairy free. The Cocoa powder is a great substitution.

Julieta says:

I don’t like the flavour of coconut..does coco nut oil tastes a lot ?? ……or is it kindda…neutral…..like canola…I guess The butter as made out of the flesh ….it must have a strong coconut taste……..musntn’t it?

Julieta- the chocolate, nuts, and dates have a much stronger flavor than the coconut. I wouldn’t say it tasted like coconut at all.

Monica says:

Hi! I wonder if the bars will remain hard without the cold in the fridge. I wanted to send them to school as a snack . It looks yummy. Thanks!

They will definitely last all morning without staying in the fridge Monica. I had some out on the counter all day, and they were still fine. It was just after that initial chilling time. Of course, if the home or school is TOO warm, it might be a problem.

KatH says:

These look yummy! My picky eater wants to try them 🙂 What kind of food processor do you use to make them?

@katH I have a cuisinart food processor.

Lauren says:

I think my daughter would love these. Quick question, she takes a multivitamin daily. Do you think that this would be too many vitamins for her in addition to the normal vitamin she takes? I’ve heard of overdoing it.

You can over do it @lauren- I wouldn’t do both personally.

Rose says:

Hi Amy, I followed your recipe 1:1 – Kids shake chocolate flavored, coconut butter.. everything (I didn’t roast the cashews – it might be worth mentioning). The result is a sticky toffee like dough which is very difficult to cut, and of course to eat.. It’s still very tasty but hardly resembles the neat solid bars in the picture above. I’m keeping it in the freezer with hope that it will harden and re-texturize but it remains the same. Any thoughts of what went wrong? should I try 6 tablespoons of coconut oil next time? I’d appreciate your input.

Hi Rose- I actually used coconut butter. Did you use coconut oil?

Rose says:

No, I used coconut butter.. it was solid and I heated it up a little using indirect heat before adding the coconut butter to the food processor.

So, I didn’t have roasted cashews either. But I do know I processed the heck out of it until I thought my food processor was going to burn up! I kept doing it until it was super super smooth. And then, It was super oily, almost like a puddle on top of the bars. Then, we chilled it, when it came out it was fairly easy to slice and eat. We stored them on the counter/in the pantry, not chilled, and they maintained their texture. So, my best advice is to process it longer to really get those nuts to turn into a “butter”.

Cynthia says:

Hi! These recipes look amazing! But, since the powder you use in this recipe is not Dairy Free (it contains Whey), the recipe really should not be listed under the Dairy Free Special Diets section. Otherwise, I would definitely make these bars with Cocoa Powder and some vanilla.

This is true! Not sure why I selected that category. Must have been thinking of using only cocoa! I’ll fix it now.

Holly says:

I made these tonight and they are divine!!!!! I love them! Thank you! I made my own coconut butter–soooooo easy! I did end up having to add about 1 tablespoon of water and about a teaspoon of maple syrup to the recipe to make it less crumbly and they came out perfectly. I made them into little balls instead of bars. They are going to be a great snack to make over and over again! I used Creamy Chocolate Fudge Orgain Organic Protein Powder. It’s dairy free, soy free, gluten free lactose free and non gmo & I buy it at Costco.

That sounds awesome Holly! I’ll have to look for that at my Costco!

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