[donotprint] I’ve been a bit lax lately about making my raw energy treats for during the week; in truth I had a little bit of a back log of goodies to keep me going so I haven’t really had a need to whip up a new batch.
It’s been while since I made raw bars as opposed to truffles. There are some bonuses to the bar…
- They’re bigger
- They last a little bit longer
- The flat surface is just calling to be spread with something yummy to take it to the next level
One of my favourite healthier treats in The Happy Pear are they’re raw energy bars so I decided to take it upon myself to create something along similar lines.
A simple dried fruit, seed and oat base, topped with a mix of cocoa powder and coconut oil. They came together in 10 minutes flat and then I just had to wait my patience for them to firm up and for the the chocolate topping to solidify before I could slice them.
I had every intention of making 16 little square bites but at the last minute I opted for 8 larger more substantial bars.
I haven’t been eating enough seeds of late so these bars are the perfect means for me to get my fill in one fell swoop. Power bars, loaded with superfood goodness. Goji berries are a tried fruit I don’t give enough attention to. Other than as a smoothie topping they tend to get forgotten about. A unique flavour and texture, they’re actually one of my favourite tried fruits owing to the fact that they’re not overly sweet.
Having consumed monumental amounts of dried fruit during my binge eating days I still tend to associate it with a best avoid sweet sickly feeling. Aside from that I’d always go for chocolate over jellies given a choice even as a kid; these days I’m all about the richness of dark chocolate without the distinct sugar undertone taste of the milk variety. It’s amazing how your tastebuds change and adapt both naturally and also the power you have to put a plan of action in place to curb the sugar cravings!
I’m totally in love with these bar. They’re not overly sweet, provide just enough of a chocolate hit and although thin, they fill the afternoon or early evening pre dinner void just perfectly. My brother was the first taste tester and within seconds of his last bite was asking me for the recipe….hint hint… “sister will you just make me another batch all of my own!” don’t you know!
What’s your favourite raw bar combo? [/donotprint]
Raw Power Bars
Servings – 8
Preparation Time – 35 minutes
- 1/2 cup (55g) oats
- 1/2 cup (65g) pumpkin and sunflower seeds mixed
- 45g (1/4 cup) goji berries
- 135g (3/4 cup) pitted medjool dates
- 1/2 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp (10g) Dutch unprocessed cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp (13g) extra virgin coconut oil
- Blend dates in a food processor to form a paste.
- Remove and process goji berries until they’re broken down in to tiny crumbles.
- Remove the berries and process seeds and oats together to a fine crumble.
- Add back in date paste and processed goji berries and process together. Add in water and blend until the mixture comes together. It will be slightly sticky but not overly so.
- Press mixture in to a non stick 8*8 inch baking tin (I use a silicon one). It will not fill the base entirely but will evenly spread across approximately 3/4 of it. Smooth the edge with a knife and take the time to press and manoeuvre the base until it is nice and even.
- Melt coconut oil in the microwave (heating for 30-40 seconds). Whisk together vanilla extract, coconut oil and cocoa powder. You’ll need to work quickly at this point. Gently pour over the bar base and spread using a knife or the back of a spoon. Place tray gently in to the freezer, ensuring it’s kept nice and evenly flat for 20-30 minutes.
- Remove and slice in to 8. Store bars in the fridge; that’s if they last long enough to make it necessary!