I promise you it takes longer to spell the name of these bars than it takes to make them (
or eat them ).
I’ve been experimenting with raw energy bars since Easter with various results. There’s one Middle Eastern variation that I perfected and that was supposed to be blogged by now, but I never got to taking pictures of it. Every time it seems to vanish before I layered a few bars and snapped a few blog worthy shots. Not to worry though, we’ve been relying on it a lot for energy during our walks. So when this chocolatey batch is all gone, the Middle eastern aromas will take over.
This recipe is inspired by Chocolate Covered Katie’s original fudge babies. I’ve made a couple of variations of her fudge balls and they were a hit. So, I decided to vary some more and these were born.
If you’ve never made raw energy bars before, it’s simple.
Really. Really simple.
You’ve got this magic ingredient.
It’s called dates.
You start with it and then everything can go in.
You don’t have to love it on its own. It’s just there to make healthy bars work. Haven’t I told you it’s magical?
And since these bars do not involve baking or any baking ingredients such as eggs, you can taste and adjust and play as you go. Or your daughter can taste and play as you adjust.
Whichever. It’s all good. It’s all real food. It’s all healthy. It’s all about happy family moments in the kitchen.
Healthy raw chocolate fudge energy date bars
Ingredients ( 8 bars or 16 squares)
– 1 cup date paste
– 1/3 cup dried apricots
– 2/3 cup walnuts
– 1/3 cup hazelnuts ( alternatively, you can use 1/3 cup almonds or all walnuts or all hazelnuts)
– 1 tablespoon flaxseed
– 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
– a pinch of fine sea salt
– 1/2 to 1 tablespoon water
– 2 tablespoons Goji berries ( optional, can substitute dried cherries, works perfectly with chocolate)
– 1/3 cup rolled oats
Put first 7 ingredients in your food processor and pulse for a few seconds. Add the water and pulse twice again. The water is just to moisten and bind everything together.
Add the Goji berries and the oats last and pulse once or twice. You do want some specks showing.
Transfer to bowl and bring the whole thing together with your hands till it forms one homogeneous ball.
Place your mixture in a rectangular baking dish* ( either greased with a bit of oil or lined with parchment paper). I used my Pyrex 20×16 cm baking dish.
Spread and flatten the mixture with your hand or the back of a spoon.
Then place in the freezer for 20 minutes till it firms up.
Cut it into 8 bars or 16 squares and place in the fridge in an airtight container. Keep them stored in the fridge as they will soften a bit while at room temperature.
I prefer the squares for portion control and portability because my girl loves them too.
Bon appetit :)
Have you made raw energy bars before? What’s your favorite variation?
*Alternatively, you can use a square dish but the size will affect the thickness of the bars. Rolling them into balls is also perfect for bite-sized goodness.