Friday, May 13, 2011

Raw Energy Bars~Chocolate, Cashew, And Almond


I get energized everytime I make Raw Energy Bars at home. I have tried several recipes and flavors before; but, this Chocolate, Cashew, and Almond flavor is currently my favorite! It's made from scratch using raw ingredients, such as Medjool dates, cashew, almond, cocoa, and coconut. You will be amazed with the end result. Not only are these bars good for you, they also taste great! So, if you are into raw energy bars, then you may want to try this recipe. If possible, please send me your feedback as well. Have a great weekend.


Raw Energy Bars~Chocolate, Cashew, And Almond

Ingredients

2 Cups (300g) Moist Medjool Dates, pitted and chopped
2 Cups (280g) Raw Cashew Nuts
½ Cup (60g) Raw Almond (without skin)
¾ Cup (75g) Cocoa Powder
A Pinch Of Sea Salt
½ Cup (40g) Unsweetened Shredded Coconuts
2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
2 to 3 Tbsp Cold Water

Equipment: Food Processor
11 ½ x 4 ½ inches (29 x 12 cm) Loaf pan, lined with aluminum foil

Method

Combine chopped dates, cashews, almonds, cocoa powder, and sea salt in a food processor. Pulse and process all the ingredients together until the texture is coarse. Then add the shredded coconut, a quick pulse, and add the vanilla extract, a little water at a time until it reaches a dry but moist dough consistency. Scrape the dough mixture into the lined pan, press evenly with a rubber spatula, and chill for about an hour before serving.

43 comments :

  1. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Those bars are very expensive at the store.

    Pam

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  2. great recipe. i think it'd also be good to mix in some vegan protein powder or spirullina for an extra health boost! bookmarked this with my cookmarked.com account!

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  3. @Anonymous: Thanks for the suggestion.

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  4. Looks beautiful! I've made these without the choccolate and in little balls before. This is definitely happening next time- can't resist the chocolate, thanks!!

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  5. I can tell by looking that I would just love these! unfortunately, I can't seem to find moist Medjool dates around here. wonder if the dried out ones would process almost as well? definitely, definitely will be revisiting this recipe. thanks so much!

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    1. You can soak half the dates in water for an hour to provide moisture if your dates are really dry. This works with any dried fruit.

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  6. What a great recipe! Congrats on the Top 9 today!

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  7. @Dmarie: You can soak the dried dates with water for an hour, or until they soften before you process them.

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  8. I just made these and they are AMAZING! I don't have access or the funds for medjool dates, so i just used the ones i could find (as long as they had no added sugar)and soaked them for an hour to plump them up. I also used dark cocoa powder because thats all i ever have on hand, and added a tablespoon of agave to sweeten it a litte. DELISH! I cut them up into 8 bars and wrapped them up and threw them in the fridge. Now i have pre workout snacks for the whole week! Thanks! Next time i'm going to use less cocoa since I use dark and mix in some chia and hemp seeds at the end. Thanks for the great recipe! I'll be making this weekly.

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  9. @Bethany: Fantastic! I am glad you like the bars. I like the idea of adding some Chia and hemp seeds too. I will try it next time. Thanks.

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  10. i made something similar tonight with 1 cup almonds, 1 cup dates (any kind), 4 T special dark cocoa, 1 t vanilla extract. soo tasty. i can't stop eating them. going to try your recipe next.

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  11. I made these a few days ago and now I grab one for breakfast on my way out the door in the mornings. They're so good! I love that there's no oil or anything but yummy goodness in here. I posted my tweaks on my blog (with several links back to you, of course). Thank you for sharing!

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  12. @Anna: That's fantastic! Thanks for the link, and it's good to know that you enjoyed the bars.

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  13. I made these today and halved the recipe which was a horrible idea... I should have made the whole recipe x2!! I absolutely love these bars.. they are so easy to make, take no time at all, and you don't even have to bake them. I will be making these over and over again, thank you!! :)

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  14. How long will these keep for in the fridge?

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  15. so so tasty!! i have just started and raw food diet and was getting VERY bored of plain, single food. but these are AMAZING!!!
    and the possibilities are endless... thank you for getting me excited and inspired :)

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  16. These are MAGICAL! Had to send your recipe around the office :)

    YUMMY

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  17. So good! I didn't have cashews so I used pumpkin seeds & sunflower seeds, as well as Hemp protein powder & a banana too plus chai seeds!!! Yum!!

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  18. Can I use almonds with the skin on? Thanks for this yummy sounding recipe!! Going to try very soon!!!

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  19. I made #2 today, and doubled the recipe. I had to sub half the dates for raisins. They turned out nicely! The only thing is that they are a little sticky on the surface. But, they are all individually wrapped in plastic, so one can hold them that way and not messy the hands. Thanks!

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  20. Do you have the calorie count for this bar?

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    1. Sorry, I don't have the calorie count but will post it once I have it. Thanks for your comment.

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  21. Waiting for these bad boys to come out of the fridge. I'm so excited!

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    1. I'm the developer/creator of this recipe. It's tried and tested by me before I posted it on my website. Thank you for letting me know about the natural delights website. They posted their recipe sometime November 2011 and copied word for word from my recipe. Here is the proof: http://web.archive.org/web/20111122205842/http://www.naturaldelights.com/recipes/snacks/medjool-date-raw-energy-bars

      Please get your fact right before you start accusing people! The recipe is mine, and I have asked them to remove from their website, which they did. I hope you learn a lesson from this, don't jump into conclusions, do your homework!

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  23. It's common courtesy to at least say who the original creator of the recipe is: http://www.naturaldelights.com/recipes/snacks/medjool-date-raw-energy-bars/


    FYI- the other recipe is good too.

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    1. Please get your fact right before you start accusing people! The recipe is mine, and I have asked them to remove from their website, which they did. I hope you learn a lesson from this, don't jump into conclusions, do your homework!

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  24. Hey Angie, I tried these at home and everyone loved them. The recipe stayed sticky and clings to the foil. Had to eat them with a spoon. Could you tell me what could have gone wrong?

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    1. I guess the mixture might be too wet. It should be sticky enough to hold the dough together. Maybe reduce the water, or add extra almond, and lined the tin with plastic wrap. Hope this help, and thanks for trying the recipe.

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  25. Love these! My first time making anything with dates. They're like delicious energy brownies without the guilt. I've added in different kinds of nuts and it has always come out fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  26. I've made these 2x now since finding your recipe, they are so good! I am out of coco or I would be making another batch right now! I have found that using homemade vanilla extract from vodka and vanilla beans tasted much better than the extract from the store, much less alcohol-ly taste. The first time I also added some sunflower seeds and those were really tasty as well. I read some of the previous posts and did not find a problem with sticky-ness. I agree, probably too much water in the mix.
    Thanks for the recipe, it will be an ongoing favorite for the rest of my life. :)

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    1. Fantastic! I'm glad you like the recipe and thanks for the feedback.

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  27. Hi Angie;
    I was about to make the recipe but sat down to do a calorie count and found that the batch is a total of 2950 calories, which works out to 369/bar for 8 bars.I am trying to lose weight and have to deal with diabetic issues, so I need to make these a bit more user friendly. Any suggestions? My first thought is to change the cashews... Thanks!

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    1. Hey Les Walsh, I'm not sure if you swap cashew with other nuts will change the calories.

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  28. These were so great! Thank you so much!

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  29. Yum Yum Yum... A friend sent me this link yesterday, made them last night. THANK YOU : )

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  30. My boyfriend is a super picky eater when it comes to healthy food. I like the fact that most of the ingredients he isn't fond of are pulverized, so he would never know the difference. Sometimes you have to trick those silly picky eaters. I can't wait to try this recipe out, they look delicious! Thank you for sharing!

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  31. Amazing! Thanks! This is the first time I have tried making anything like this. I think they might also be nice with dried figs instead of dates... Might need to soak the figs a bit first to get them sticky though. Crunch on!!

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