The temperatures are getting warmer and I don’t like using my oven as much. I like to keep the house as cool as possible without needing to use the A.C. With the price of hydro these days, it gets really expensive. So to help keep the house cool, I like to make no-bake treats when possible.
As most of you know by now, I love chocolate! These are not only chocolatey, but are great for you! Naturally sweetened with dates and add in the seeds, nuts, flax and raw cacao, you are getting filled with antioxidants as well as healthy fats.
You can have them plain or top with chocolate chips, melted chocolate, unsweetened coconut or anything else you can think of. Mix up the nuts and seeds to make these bars your own great flavour!
No-Bake Chocolate Energy Bars (Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Grain Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)
1 1/2 c. dates- soaked in boiling water for ten minutes
1/2 c. almonds
1/2 c. sunflower seeds
1/3 c. pistachios-shelled
1/3 c. ground flax
1/3 c. raw cacao or cocoa
1/2 c. almond butter (or desired nut butter)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. sea salt- optional
1/2 optional toppings- unsweetened coconut, chocolate chips, melted dark chocolate
Soak dates and set them aside. Put nuts, seeds, and flax into food processor and pulse until chopped or ground(the texture is up to you).
Drain dates and add to the food processor. Also add in cocoa, almond butter, vanilla and sea salt. Pulse processor scraping sides frequently, until completely mixed.
Press mixture into an 8″ x 8″ dish. If using optional toppings, add now. For everything except the melted chocolate, press into bar mixture.
Let harden in the fridge. Cut into 2″ x 2″ squares. Keep refrigerated or frozen.
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