Cherry and cocoa energy bars

 

I was planning some snacks for a road trip Cosimo are taking at the end of the week when I got a hankering for the cocoa cherry bars I demoed in my meal prep tutorial a while back. That’s when I realized I had never given this recipe its own stand-alone page, which it very well deserves.

Similar in texture to energy bites or truffles, this no-bake energy bar comes together even faster as it requires no messy ball-rolling. Simply make the mixture, press into a rectangle and freeze for 10-15 minutes.

The only downside? I made these on Tuesday for a trip we are taking Friday. Let’s hope they make it there…

Cherry and cocoa energy slice
Serves 8
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup pitted dates (if dates are very dry, soak in warm water 5 minutes)
  2. 1/2 cup dried cherries
  3. 3/4 cups walnuts
  4. 2 tablespoons raw cacao.
  5. 2 tablespoons cocoa nibs
  6. 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut (plus 1 tablespoon for topping)
Instructions
  1. In a food processor fitted with a steel blade, pulse the walnuts until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Add the dates and dried cherries to the food processor and blend until reduced to a coarse paste.
  3. Add the walnuts, cocoa powder, cocoa nibs and shredded coconut. Pulse until combined.
  4. Transfer mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap and form into a log. Using the wrap, flatten and shape the log into an 8x3 inch rectangle (20cm x 7cm). Sprinkle the top of the log with shredded coconut and pat it into the log so it sticks. Wrap and freeze 10-15 minutes before cutting into bars.
  5. Store airtight in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
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