No-bake energy bars that are packed full of crunchy nuts, seeds and oats along with tangy cranberries, chewy dates, almond butter and milk chocolate.
Chocolate Energy Bars
Ingredients Makes: 8 bars Time: 1 hour
1/4 cup raw almonds, roughly chopped
1 cup dates, pitted
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup cashews, roughly chopped
1/4 cup cranberries, dried
1/4 cup flaked coconut, unsweetened
2 Tbsp chia seeds
2 Tbsp sunflower seeds, raw
2 Tbsp flax seeds, ground
2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
2 Tbsp sesame seeds
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup almond butter
1/3 cup of cocoa powder
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
2 Tbsp milk
sea salt to taste
Prepare Ingredients. Rinse the raw almonds and then toast them in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Process dates in a food processor until small bits remain (about 1 minute). It should form a dough-like consistency.
Combine Ingredients. Mix together in a medium-large bowl the oats, almonds, cashews, cranberries and seeds; then combine with processed dates and set aside. In a small bowl cream together almond butter and honey and also set aside.
In a large bowl combine cocoa powder with a couple pinches of sea salt; then pour in melted butter and milk and mix well. Add the almond butter mixture to the cocoa mixture and combine. Then add the date/seed mixture and mix well with a large spoon until evenly combined.
Press mixture into a dish and chill. Transfer to an 8×8 dish or other small pan lined with parchment paper so they can be lifted out easily. Cover with parchment paper and press down flat to get them to really packed tight. This will also help them from being crumbly. Chill in the fridge or freezer for 15 to 20 minutes to harden.
Cut into bars and store. Remove bars from dish and then cut into 10 even bars. Store in an airtight container for up to a week in the fridge or up to 3 months in a freezer.
Recipe shared by: J. Marshall
- Oats are an excellent source for the essential nutrients: Vitamin B1, Iron, Zinc, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Protein.
- Seeds are an excellent source for the essential nutrients: Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, Folate, Iron, Zinc, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Protein.
- Almonds are an excellent source for the essential nutrients: Vitamin B2, Vitamin E, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Protein.
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