This recipe developed after I stumbled across a recipe on Elana’s Pantry. I was looking for something different to make as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up and these hit the spot! They are really soft, so make sure you keep them refrigerated or frozen until you want to eat them.
Chocolate Energy Bars
Inspired by Elana’s Pantry’s ” Chocolate Espresso Power Bars“
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3/4 cup walnuts
3/4 cup cashews
3/4 cup almonds
1 tablespoon ground coffee (optional)
1/3 cup high-quality, organic cocoa powder
1/2 cup shredded coconut
16 medjool dates (pitted)
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon vanilla
10 drops stevia
1 tablespoon water
coconut oil for pan
In a food processor, blend the nuts, coconut, cocoa, and coffee together until a course flour forms. Add the dates (do not forget to remove the pits!), vanilla, coconut sugar, stevia and water and blend together until combined. It will be sticky. Grease a glass dish (I used a 9×9) with the butter and then dump the mixture in there. Using a spatula (or your fingers), press the dough into the dish until it is packed firmly. Chill in the freezer for a couple hours before cutting. I like tor portion these up individually, so that I can just grab one on the way out the door.
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