Boost Energy with Cacao Superfood Bars

My name's Pamela, a music and fitness mad health food blogger (at  www.spamellab.com ) and recipe developer. After living in Manchester for the past few years, I've recently moved to Prestwich with my husband and one year old little boy and am a huge fan of Pres - it's great to have somewhere local offering tasty, healthy food! I have a big sweet tooth but am conscious about what I eat, especially refined sugars, which is where my #IndulgingInnocently theme comes from: I try and create loads of sweet treats made from nutritious ingredients to prove that you CAN have your cake and eat it!   

My name's Pamela, a music and fitness mad health food blogger (at www.spamellab.com) and recipe developer. After living in Manchester for the past few years, I've recently moved to Prestwich with my husband and one year old little boy and am a huge fan of Pres - it's great to have somewhere local offering tasty, healthy food! I have a big sweet tooth but am conscious about what I eat, especially refined sugars, which is where my #IndulgingInnocently theme comes from: I try and create loads of sweet treats made from nutritious ingredients to prove that you CAN have your cake and eat it!

 

RAW CHOCOLATE SUPERFOOD BARS

RAW CHOCOLATE SUPERFOOD BARS

SUGAR. Refined and added sugars can be hugely addictive and are found in most processed foods, even in products that are labelled as ‘healthy’ or ‘diet’ friendly. There seems to be no escape from the bad guy in the health food industry, which is being blamed for contributing to our obesity and tooth decay crisis, not only in the UK but around the world.

This is why it’s even more important to be choosing whole foods when it comes to leading a healthy, balanced lifestyle. But what if you have a sweet tooth and love chocolate?

That’s where cacao powder comes in. Best known as the raw base for chocolate, because cacao is a bean, it is packed with protein, has more iron than beef per serving, more magnesium than any plant-based food and contains more vitamin C than most other vegetables. It’s is also a powerful source of chromium, a mineral that has been known to reduce sugar cravings and improve insulin function in the body.

Cacao is also rich in zinc, helping to metabolise sugar and carbohydrates effectively, while also being a natural mood booster and one of the best natural antioxidants on the planet. WowThat’s why you might want to make your own chocolate, which is super easy to do and is simply made from three ingredients.

Check out our recipe for these energy-boosting, superfood-packed bars which are made up from an oaty ‘cookie dough’ base and topped with a basic raw chocolate mixture. Add whatever dried fruits, nuts and seeds you like on top and there you go, chocolatey bars that are sure to satisfy that sweet tooth the healthy way!

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RAW CHOCOLATE SUPERFOOD BARS

Makes 6 bars

Ingredients:

For the base -

  • 125g ground almonds

  • 125g oat flour (just whizz oats in a blender)

  • 100ml maple syrup

  • 30g coconut oil, melted

  • 1-2 tablespoons almond milk

 

For the raw chocolate -

  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil

  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup

  • 6-7 tablespoons cacao powder

 

Toppings -

  • Dried apricots

  • Freeze dried raspberries

  • Dried rose petals

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  • Chopped dates

  • Cacao nibs

  • Flaked almonds

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  • Goji berries

  • Pumpkin seeds

  • Bee pollen

 

Get making!

  1. First make the base: Mix together the ingredients to form a dough then press into a small rectangular tin to form a generous, even base. Set aside.

  2. Next make the raw chocolate: Gently melt the coconut oil then whisk in the maple syrup and cacao/cocoa powder to form a glossy chocolate sauce. Pour this over the base to cover.

  3. Now time to decorate! Sprinkle over your chosen toppings - stick to one or do a few different ones (arranging where you would cut into bars) in one layer to cover the chocolate. Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours to set.

  4. When ready to serve, pop out of the tub/tin and onto a chopping board, cut into bars and enjoy!

Keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

 

These will be available in Pres for the whole of September if you want to try first !

 

 

Madeleine Penfold