What happens when you combine super foods together? Let's see!
Do you like energy bars? I do! But all those bars in the shops have lots and lots of added sugar and I doubt they are healthy, so I decided to make my own. I saw this recipe and fell in love with it immediately! Its easy, you can combine the ingredients, you don't have to use all of them, just the ones you have at home. The essential ones are the coconut oil, dates and pecans because they give the texture, and once you have the texture you can add any other super food. Try it, you won't regret it!
It even includes a dark chocolate!
For the bars:
1 cup packed pitted Medjool dates
¼ cup raw walnuts
¼ cup raw pecans halves
½ cup shelled pistachios, divided
¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tablespoon chia seeds
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (or cacao powder)
1 tablespoon melted virgin coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ cup goji berries (or dried cherries)
1 tablespoon warm water, if necessary
For the topping
1.5 ounces 85% dark chocolate (vegan, if desired)
To garnish:1 tablespoon shelled pistachios
1 tablespoon goji berries
1 tablespoon chopped pecans
Maldon sea salt, for sprinkling on top
Add dates, walnuts, pecans, only ¼ cup of pistachios to the bowl of a food processor. Process until chunky. Next add in unsweetened shredded coconut, chia seeds, cocoa powder, coconut oil and vanilla extract. Process again until mixture is chunky and slightly clumping. If mixture is dry, add 1-2 tablespoons of warm water. Next add in remaining ¼ cup pistachios and goji berries and pulse again a few times until pistachios are slightly chunky. Add mixture into a 8x4 inch loaf pan lined with parchment paper, pressing evenly towards the sides of the pan.Add dark chocolate to a small saucepan and place over low heat until melted. You can also microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until chocolate is fully melted and smooth. Pour over the bars, tilting pan so that the chocolate covers the bars evenly. Garnish the bars with 1 tablespoon of the following: pistachios, goji berries and crushed pecans. Place bars in the freezer for 30 minutes-1 hour to harden. Once ready to serve, sprinkle with Maldon sea salt then cut into 8 squares. Store safely covered in the freezer for up to 1 month. Enjoy!