A few weeks ago, I mixed up a test batch of peanut-butter & chocolate bars and Eric said they were his fav bar yet. I took the basics from that recipe and refined them a bit and boy, oh boy – the results are to die for!
Hope you enjoy & get lots of good energy from these bad-boys!
PS – I recommend using a food processor to make these. If you don’t have one, a blender works but you’ll have to use a rubber scraper periodically to keep it from caking to the sides or bottom. Also, chopping everything by hand works – just make sure the dates get chopped ultra fine so whatever moisture is in there can squish out and be the yummy glue that holds these together. :)
[This recipe makes 8 1×1 square bars, more or less depending on how you slice em]
8 oz dried, pitted dates (about 2 cups packed)
6 tablespoons almond butter* (can sub peanut butter)
3 tablespoons agave nectar (can substitute 5-6 tablespoons honey to taste)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons quinoa (uncooked)
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 heaping tablespoons cocoa powder (can sub out 1 tablespoon cocoa powder for 1 scoop choc protein powder for extra protein)
1/4 cup raw almonds
1 tablespoon white chocolate chips**
*Note: If mixture is too crumbly to squeeze into a little ball by hand, add 1 tablespoon of nut butter at a time, pulse, and recheck consistency.
**Optional: you can add about 1 tablespoon worth of choc chips or extra nuts but no more than that – the mix will be too dry and crumbly.
- Pour almonds and dates into a food processor or blender. Pulse until they are in small pieces and then add all other ingredients.
- Pulse until mixture is crumbly and slightly moist. You can check the mix by pressing some up against the side of the bowl: If it gets hard packed, then it’s ready. If it packs slightly but feels dry and falls apart if you pick it up, add a little bit more nut butter. Should look like the pic below:
- Once you get the consistency right, pour the mixture out onto a sheet of parchment or wax paper. Use your hands to press the mix into a big ball or log in the middle of the paper. Fold the edges of the paper over the mix press down firmly with your hands.
- Roll out until you get the size and shape you want & then slice them up. I cut them into 8 1×1″ squares. Store them in foil, plastic baggies or an airtight container. Enjoy!