Dates, walnuts, and cacao powder come together in a delicious, raw, and healthy chocolate snack that is a great source of energy especially when you hit that mid-day slump.
A Healthy Chocolate Snack
Often I find myself craving chocolate. Most snacks that involve chocolate are NOT healthy. Even though there’s articles about chocolate being healthy, it’s only relevant to cacao in the rawest form. So, really dark chocolate.
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Cacao powder mixed with a natural sweetener, such as dates, can provide that satisfying chocolate taste. Cacao powder will have minerals and it is not mixed with refined sugar. Dates have fiber and will provide a longer lasting energy supply rather than a quick rise in glucose and a crash. A healthy chocolate snack is the result and it does not have to be baked.
The recipe comes together in a matter of minutes. The ingredients are easily interchangeable in the nut category. If you have almonds available instead, the flavor may be different yet still delicious.
Cacao Date Bars Recipe
- 2 c pitted dates
- 1 1/2 c walnuts
- 1/3 c cacao powder
- 1/2 c puffed brown rice cereal (or equivalent)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, solid
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Add all ingredients to a food processor
- Process until clumpy and able to form together well
- Press into a loaf sized pan or equivalent
- Refrigerate for approximately 2 hours before cutting bars
Fresh Flavors: Dates, cocoa powder, and walnuts processed together create a healthy chocolate snack.
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