Energy Bars - Quick & Easy to Make

in GEMS4 months ago

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In the spirit of being good to myself, I made these energy bars. I received a coupon for medjool dates (which are decadent bites of amazing, thank you nature), and so naturally I went straight to my food processor with them to create these chocolatey, peanut buttery treats that make me think I'm eating delicious junk food even that I know they're made with nothing but good things. Thank you, medjool dates.

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Because while chocolate cake is delicious, it's simply inadvisable and bordering on insane for me to continue making pans of cake. But with these treats, I can have my all-natural energy bars that taste like candy and eat them too.

Energy Bars Recipe

These bars are quick & easy to make, and even though they're made without sugar they still taste rich and decadent. Feel free to leave off the chocolate topping for a snacking bar that's not so rich.

Base:

1 1/2 cups roasted unsalted peanuts
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
pinch of salt
2 1/2 cups pitted medjool dates, packed

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Chocolate Topping:

1 cup chocolate chips
1 tsp coconut oil

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Place peanuts, coconut, and salt in a food processor and pulse until finely ground.

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Add the dates and process until the mixture begins to clump and holds together when you pinch a bit together between your fingers.

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Line an 8x8 or 9x9 inch pan with parchment paper, then dump the mixture into the pan. Press into the pan with your hands, and flatten it with a small rolling pin or a glass. Place in the freezer or refrigerator to set.

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Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a pan over very low heat until smooth. Pour over the set base and smooth with a spatula. Place back in the freezer or fridge until the chocolate is set. Once set, remove from the pan, transfer to a cutting board, and slice into squares. Store energy bars in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. In the freezer, they'll last up to 2 months.

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