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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:


  • 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)


  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.


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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