Chocolate-Cashew Snack Bars

Allergen Information: Contains Tree Nuts.  Gluten free & Dairy free

Special Equipment: Food Processor

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One of my favorite breakfasts or go-to snacks when I was a teacher was a Quaker Granola bar.  Only 90 calories. Held me over for about 20 minutes until I wanted another one. 90 calories quickly turned into 180, and sometimes 270.

These days, I’m not one to talk about calories because I don’t count calories EVER.  But back then, that’s all I cared about.  Who cares that the bars were full of sugar, corn, and soy?  No wonder they never really satisfied me or gave me the energy boost I needed.

This recipe is another example of how you can still have something (similar) you enjoy—just cleaned up a bit.  Well, a lot.

Take a look at the ingredients….Think about this for a minute—why must there be that many ingredients to make a product that really only needs 4 or 5?

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Cost & Shelf life. Two things that have nothing to do with YOUR HEALTH. I understand that most people are more concerned with cost than health, and it makes me sad!

The only thing (at the beginning of my journey) that spoke to ME was education.  When I stopped looking at the FRONT of the package and started reading the BACK, I was appalled.  I took it one step further and started looking up each ingredient listed.  Now I know why I had so many health problems.

LarabarsThese snack bars are a mock of my favorite “approved” bar that I have on hand in a pinch, Larabars.  If I’m too busy to cook breakfast or my morning doesn’t go as planned, I’ll snack on one of these and some fruit!

They have only a few REAL ingredients and are non-GMO approved.  I buy mine at Kroger 10 for $10 in the Organic section, but also love to make them.

I always have cashews and dates on hand, so these are always a snack I can make on the weekend for the coming week!

For this recipe, you’ll need raw cashews (which just means they haven’t been roasted).  I buy mine in the bulk section of Earth Fare.

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Step 1: Cut the pits out of the dates by cutting them in half and removing the pit

Step 2: Put the cashews in the food processor and pulse it until the cashews are in small bits, but not powdery

Step 3: Add the dates and pulse until combined and stuck together

Step 4:  Add the coconut and chocolate chips and pulse until combined.  Add 1 teaspoon of water, pulse until combined.  If needed, add one more teaspoon of water.  You want them to be sticky, but not watery.

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Step 5: Take the mixture out of the food processor and form a ball on a counter lined with parchment paper.

Step 6: Roll or use your hands to form a large rectangle

Step 7:  Cut the mixture into large or small bars, however you prefer & store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

 

 

Chocolate-Cashew Snack Bars
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 10 medjool dates, pitted (more if necessary)
  • ¼ cup coconut flakes
  • ¼ cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips (see note)
Instructions
  1. Cut the pits out of the dates by cutting them in half and removing the pit
  2. Put the cashews in the food processor and pulse it until the cashews are in small bits, but not powdery
  3. Add the dates and pulse until combined and stuck together
  4. Add the coconut and chocolate chips and pulse until combined. Add 1 teaspoon of water, pulse until combined. If needed, add one more teaspoon of water. You want them to be sticky, but not watery.
  5. Take the mixture out of the food processor and form a ball on a counter lined with parchment paper.
  6. Roll or use your hands to form a large rectangle
  7. Cut the mixture into large or small bars, however you prefer & store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Notes
You may use your favorite chips here (preferably a good dark chocolate kind) if you don't have this brand or don't need to worry about allergies. Enjoy Life chocolate chips are free of the top 8 allergens and are usually the choice for us Allergy folks 🙂

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