Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bars

I don’t know about you, but I love having a little afternoon treat with my coffee. It’s a few minutes of quiet time to break up the day, and it definitely gives me enough energy to get everything done. Recently, I have seen so many delicious looking recipes for energy bites and bars, so last night I decided to give it a try. After two blown fuses, I finally managed to blend up the gooey base enough to make it work. While it is a bit more decadent than your average energy bite due to the layers of peanut butter and chocolate, moderation is key. So as long as you’re not eating an entire bar every day, I’m sure you’ll be alright if you indulge in a bite or two.

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CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER ENERGY BARS

makes 8 bars

INGREDIENTS

base layer

  • 8 medjool dates
  • small handful of cashews
  • 3 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp pink salt

peanut butter layer

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter powder

chocolate layer

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (more or less depending on how sweet you want it)
  • 1/4 tsp salt

METHOD

Find a small rectangle container (I used a bento box) and place parchment paper inside with the edges sticking out to easily remove the bar later on.

Put all ingredients of base layer into food processor or small blender jar and blend until everything is mostly broken down.

Put mixture into the container you’re using and press down to flatten.

Refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight.

Melt coconut oil for peanut butter layer and stir in powder until well combined.

Pour peanut butter over base layer and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Melt coconut oil for chocolate layer and stir in cocoa powder, maple syrup and salt.

Pour over the other two layers and refrigerate for 30 – 60 minutes.

Use parchment paper to easily get the bar out and cut into 8 squares.

Enjoy!

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