These raw cacao bars may only require four ingredients and five minutes to make, but they are so tasty anyway. Perfect for on-the-go snacking or dessert.
Raw cacao bars, anyone? I don’t know about you but my answer is always yes.
These raw cacao bars may only require four ingredients and five minutes to make, but they are so tasty anyway.
All you need to make these wonderful (and addicting) things are four simple ingredients that you may already have in your cupboard:
Raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
Thanks to the almonds and walnuts these raw cacao bars are packed full of omega-6, protein and fiber. Almonds also have a good amount of vitamin E, which aids your body’s immune system. So these cacao bars are not only delicious, they’re also good for you.
This recipe calls for raw cacao powder but you can easily substitute it with cocoa powder. Be aware that they are not the same though. Raw cacao powder is raw (obviously). In other words, it hasn’t been processed. This means it still contains really high levels of calcium, fiber, iron, and antioxidants.
Cocoa powder (even if unsweetened), on the other hand, isn’t raw, as it’s been exposed to high levels of heat during processing. Its levels of nutrients are lower than that of raw cacao powder, but it still has a pretty impressive amount of antioxidants.
I find that the chocolate flavour is more intense when using raw cacao powder, which is why I prefer using it to cocoa powder. But feel free to use either one.
Now, let’s get back to the cacao bars. They are easy and quick to make, delicious and (terribly) addicting.
These cacao bars are perfect for on-the-go snacking or dessert. I love bringing a piece or two with me to university. They’re easily packed and last for at least a month when stored in the freezer.
If you give in to the temptation (which is obviously the point of this post) and try these 4 Ingredient Raw Cacao Bars, please leave a comment below or even better, snap a quick picture of them and post it on Instagram, tagging it with #themostlyhealthy 🙂
- 1 cup walnuts (100 g)
- 1 cup almonds (160 g)
- 16 medjool dates (250 g) *
- 1/2 cup raw cacao powder (40 g)
Add the nuts to a food processor and run it until the nuts are slightly crumbly.
Add the dates and unsweetened cacao powder and process until everything is mixed well together. The mixture shouldn’t be completely smooth, but there shouldn’t be any huge pieces of nuts or dates. If you find it too dry, add a bit of water to help bind it together.
Press the dough into a 20x20 cm baking dish (8x8 inch) with a spoon or your hands.
Place it in the freezer for a few hours before serving (at least 30 minutes). Cut it into 12 pieces using a sharp knife.
It’ll stay fresh for a week or two if kept in the fridge and a month if kept in the freezer.
* if your dates are very dry, soak them in hot/boiling water for 5 minutes.