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Choco-Cherry Almond Energy Bars
Serves 8
I was tired of the supermarket collection of energy bars, so I found a recipe that I could adapt to my own tastes. This is a super versatile recipe, and I make every batch a little different. They are way better than anything you could buy at the store!
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Total Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
214 calories
29 g
0 g
11 g
5 g
1 g
62 g
22 g
20 g
0 g
10 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
62g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 214
Calories from Fat 95
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g
17%
Saturated Fat 1g
6%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 22mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 29g
10%
Dietary Fiber 7g
28%
Sugars 20g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
9%
Iron
10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1½ cups pitted, dried dates
  2. 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  3. 1/3 cup whole chia seeds
  4. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  6. 1/4 tsp almond extract
  7. 1/2 cup slivered almonds (unsalted)
  8. 1/2 cup chopped pecans (unsalted)
  9. 1/2 cup dried cherries
  10. optional: sprinkle of sea salt
Instructions
  1. Purée dates in food processor until a thick paste forms. Add cocoa powder, chia seeds, cinnamon, and vanilla and almond extracts. Pulse until all ingredients are combined. Add the almonds and pecans; pulse until nuts are well incorporated into date mixture. Stir in dried cherries.
  2. Spread large sheet of wax paper on work surface. Transfer date mixture to wax paper, and press mixture into 1/2-inch-thick rectangle. If desired, you can even out the edges by trimming them with a knife. Wrap tightly in wax paper, and chill overnight.
  3. Unwrap block, and cut into 8 bars. Sprinkle with a bit of sea salt (if using). Re-wrap each bar in wax paper and refrigerate leftovers in an air-tight container.
Two more variation ideas from Kristina
  1. Blueberry, Pistachio and Crystallized Ginger Bars: same as above but omit cinnamon; sub chopped pistachios for almonds and pecans; sub dried blueberries for dried cherries; stir in 1/8 cup chopped crystallized ginger after mixture is blended
  2. Cranberry-Orange Walnut Bars: same as above but omit cinnamon and almond extract; sub chopped walnuts for almonds and pecans; add 1/2 teaspoon orange zest; sub dried cranberries for dried cherries
Adapted from Dramatic Pancake
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calories
214
fat
11g
protein
5g
carbs
29g
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Adapted from Dramatic Pancake
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