Chocolate date energy bars

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Full of goodness, these bars will be delicious with whatever nut butter you choose - if you can't use nut try sunflower seed butter instead and use oats instead of nuts

Chocolate date energy bars

SERVES

12

PEOPLE

PREP TIME

120

MINUTES

COOKING TIME

MINUTES

CUISINE

COURSE

Baking

Method

  1. Grease and line an 8-inch square baking tin.

  2. Put all of the ingredients, except the dark chocolate, into a blender and pulse until a paste is formed. You can add another drop of water if you feel it is too thick.

  3. Press the mixture into the prepared tin and put it into the fridge to firm up.

  4. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof dish placed over a saucepan of simmering water.

  5. Spread the melted chocolate over the date mixture and allow to harden.

  6. Sprinkle some more orange zest over the chocolate before it hardens if you wish

  7. Cut into the desired size with a knife dipped into hot water.

Ingredients

  • 400g Medjool dates, pitted

  • 100g dried mixed fruit

  • 200g cashew nuts, chopped

  • zest of 2 oranges

  • 50g almonds, chopped

  • 1 tbsp nut butter

  • 4 tbs cacao or cocoa powder

  • 1 tbsp melted butter

  • 1 tbsp water

  • 200g dark chocolate, broken into small even-sized pieces

Method

  1. Grease and line an 8-inch square baking tin.

  2. Put all of the ingredients, except the dark chocolate, into a blender and pulse until a paste is formed. You can add another drop of water if you feel it is too thick.

  3. Press the mixture into the prepared tin and put it into the fridge to firm up.

  4. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof dish placed over a saucepan of simmering water.

  5. Spread the melted chocolate over the date mixture and allow to harden.

  6. Sprinkle some more orange zest over the chocolate before it hardens if you wish

  7. Cut into the desired size with a knife dipped into hot water.

Execution Time: 0.313 s