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Crunchy Cacao Energy Bars

Brimming with nutrients, these cacao energy bars are absolutely perfect for breakfast or after a tough workout. And the bonus? They couldn’t be easier to make! Simply blend the ingredients together and set – easy!


Cacao vs. Cocoa Powder

They both look the same, but what’s the difference? Cacao powder is made by fermenting raw cacao beans in order to reduce their bitterness, which are then broken down into “nibs”. The nibs are then ground into a paste, then the fat is extracted and then ground down into a highly nutritious powder. Our Organic Cacao Powder is produced by organic growers in Peru. It’s high in fibre and is a source of potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, copper, and manganese.

Cocoa powder is a little different. Instead of fermenting the beans like in cacao powder, the cacao beans are roasted during processing, reducing their overall nutrient value.

So, when you’re making your bars, choose cacao powder!


Makes: 6-8 bars


Ingredients for Cacao Energy Bars

  • 1 cup soft pitted dates
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tsp. Cacao Powder
  • 2 tsp. Nut Butter
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil (melted)
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1 cup whole cashew nuts (chopped)

Method

1. Place dates, rolled oats, cacao powder, melted coconut oil, salt and half the cashew nuts into a blender and process until you have a sticky dough. If the dough isn’t malleable enough, add a drop of water to soften it up, then process again (do not add too much water, otherwise it won’t set).

2. Pour the mixture into a bowl and mix the remaining cashew nuts in by hand (so the bars have a little crunch to them).

3. Line a baking tray with plastic wrap and press the dough into the tray. Freeze for 30 minutes, then cut into bars. Simple!


Cacao energy bars


Store in the fridge in an airtight container.


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Crunchy Cacao Energy Bars

Nutritional Facts

Amount per serving

Calories 262kcal 117 Calories from Fat
% Daily Value *
Total Fat13g20%
Total Carbohydrates31g10%
Protein6g12%

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Jennifer Blow

Jennifer Blow

Editor & Qualified Nutritionist

Jennifer Blow is our editor and UKVRN Registered Associate Nutritionist – the UK’s register of competent and qualified nutrition professionals. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science and a Master of Science by Research in Nutrition, and now specialises in the use of sports supplements for health and fitness, underpinned by evidence-based research. Jennifer has been quoted or mentioned as a nutritionist in major online publications including Vogue, Elle, and Grazia, for her expertise in nutritional science for exercise and healthy living. Her experience spans from working with the NHS on dietary intervention trials, to specific scientific research into omega-3 fatty acid supplementation and also the effect of fast foods on health, which she has presented at the annual Nutrition Society Conference. Jennifer is involved in many continuing professional development events to ensure her practise remains at the highest level. Find out more about Jennifer’s experience here: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-blow. In her spare time, Jennifer loves hill walking and cycling, and in her posts you’ll see that she loves proving healthy eating doesn’t mean a lifetime of hunger.


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