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Almond Cacao Energy Bars

Simple Pleasures: No-Bake Almond Cacao Energy Bars

almond cacao energy bars garnished with chocolate chips

Inspired by a breathtaking hike in the Superstition Wilderness, I crafted these No-Bake Almond Cacao Energy Bars to capture the essence of adventure in a delicious, energizing snack. Perfect for satisfying that chocolate craving with a hint of nutty, buttery flavor, these bars are a testament to the beauty and inspiration of nature.


No-Bake Almond Cacao Energy Bars Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond meal

  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder

  • 3/4 cup sunflower butter

  • 1 cup Medjool dates (about 10-12), pitted and soaked

  • 1/4 cup cane sugar

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

  • 1/4 tsp salt (optional)


Instructions:

  1. Prepare Dates: Blend the soaked and drained Medjool dates in a food processor until smooth.

  2. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, mix almond meal, raw cacao powder, cane sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

  3. Combine Ingredients: Add date paste and sunflower butter to the dry ingredients, mixing until you achieve a uniform, sticky dough.

  4. Press and Set: Press the mixture into an 8x8 inch pan lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

  5. Cut and Serve: Remove the chilled mixture, cut into bars, and enjoy!


Nutrition Facts (per bar, estimated):
  • Calories: 200

  • Protein: 5g

  • Fat: 11g

  • Carbohydrates: 22g

  • Fiber: 4g

  • Sugar: 15g


Serving Suggestions:
  • Post-Workout: Great for muscle recovery and quick energy replenishment.

  • Snack Time: Perfect with a cup of tea or coffee in the afternoon.

  • Dessert: Serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt or a sprinkle of chopped nuts for an extra treat. Garnish with coconut flakes, vegan chocolate chips, or hemp seeds too.


Storage:

Keep the bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. They can also be frozen for longer storage—just thaw for a few minutes before enjoying.


Health Benefits:
  • Almond Meal: Rich in vitamin E and magnesium, which are crucial for heart health and energy production.

  • Raw Cacao: Packed with antioxidants and can improve mood and cognitive performance.

  • Sunflower Butter: A great source of protein, healthy fats, and vitamins B and E.

  • Dates: Provide a natural sweetness and are high in fiber, which aids in digestion.

  • Cane Sugar: Offers a quick energy boost, making these bars a great choice post-exercise.


If you're curious about the hike that inspired these bars, check out my post "Journey to Weaver's Needle," complete with a link to my captivating video that captures the scenic vistas and thrilling experiences of the trail. You can find it [insert link here] for a deeper dive into our adventure!


Try whipping up a batch of these tasty, nutritious bars and let them take you on a culinary adventure!


Disclaimer: The insights and recipes shared here come from personal experience and research, not from a medical or nutritional expert. For any dietary or health modifications, please consult a healthcare professional. Embrace this information as part of your wellness journey.


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