No-Bake Cacao Date Energy Bars Recipe
These energy bars are loaded with nourishing plant-based ingredients and they work well as packable snacks, breakfast replacement bars or even dessert if you’re into something healthy as a sweet treat. Full of bold flavor, chewy and super easy to make, they’re also vegan and gluten free!
Line a square baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
In a food processor, add the cashew nuts, coconut flakes, cacao butter and pumpkin seeds. Pulse for a few seconds until everything is broken down into small pieces.
Add in the dates, cacao powder, chia seeds, maple syrup and pinch of sea salt. Pulse for a few more seconds until all ingredients are well combined.
Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan and evenly spread out using a rubber spatula, keeping it about ½ to 1-inch in thickness.
Cover baking pan with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator until firm, about 2-3 hours. Once firm, gently uplift mixture out of the baking pan using the parchment paper and cut into bars.
Makes 8 bars
Submitted by Shanika Graham White of Orchids + Sweet Tea