I’m always trying to raise the bar
The snack bar that is!
Why, why you ask?
Because these raw bars are pure, good for you, and easy as 1, 2, 3. Actually, they take about 7 minutes but still!
Lately, I have been trying to incorporate some more raw foods into my diet. Dates are delicious but they are high in glucose so eat with caution (eat one a day). That is why freezing these babies is a good idea because then you will be less vulnerable to chowing down the entire batch because after all they are staring at you in the face from your counter. Nonetheless, they are healthy and better than processed junk.
I had never eaten cacao nibs before! Whaaaaaat. I am not even going to lie. They are bitter. Like, very bitter. BUT, combining them with sweeter foods is perfection.
I used natural sunflower butter for these bars, but almond would work just as fabulously. Even peanut butter would be a show stopper. I could eat just those three foods all day every day and be quite content.
Do you ever just have a bad day and stick a spoon in a jar of peanut butter? And plan on eating a few spoonfuls of it but then you finally look down because you were watching TV and its gone? I’m looking at you.
Nuts? I recommend almonds (what I used) or cashews would be so yummy.
Lastly, I used a ground mixture of flax seed, cocoa powder, and coconut. It is a power combo and so good in these. 1/4 of a cup was all I used.
3 tbsp natural sunflower butter
1 1/2 cups of medjool pitted dates (or take the pit out)
1/4 cup cacao nibs
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup of cocoa powder, flax, and coconut mix (I found mine in the organic section at Kroger). If you cannot find then I would substitute with 2 tbsp cocoa powder and 1-2 tbsp of ground flax.
Makes 8 (I squeezed out nine)
Bars should be 1/3-1/4 inch in thickness
- In a food processor or nutritbullet, pop everything in but the cacao nibs and grind.
- Place in a bowl and mix in cacao nibs. Lay out mixture and flatten. I use the bottom of a measuring cup to assist me with flattening out the mix. Let it harden in the fridge for a couple hours or you could pop in the freezer for 20 minutes or so if you are like me and don’t want to wait.