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Chef John's Chocolate Energy Bars

Rated as 4.77 out of 5 Stars

"If you compare these chocolate energy bars to similar fruit/nut bars sold at the store, I think they taste better, are nutritionally superior, and probably cheaper to make at home. The only problem is they look so good it takes your brain a millisecond to process that they're not going to taste like the fudge brownies they resemble."
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Ingredients

3 h servings 343 cals
Original recipe yields 12 servings (12 bars)

Directions

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  1. Place cashews, almonds, coconut, dates, cocoa, coconut oil, vanilla, cold coffee, cayenne and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse on and off to start. Process about 1 minute; check to ensure mixture is sticky and moist enough to stick together. Add more coffee if needed. Continue to process until mixture becomes a chunky mass.
  2. Line a baking pan with plastic wrap. Scoop mixture into pan. Press down with a spatula until mixture is even. Place a layer of plastic wrap on the surface and smooth again with your hands.
  3. Refrigerate until cold and firm, 2 or 3 hours.
  4. Remove from the pan and unwrap. Cut into bars of your preferred size. Store in a zip top back in the refrigerator.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • Try your hardest to find Medjool dates, but if you can't, any dried date should work, as long as it's soft and sticky enough. If the ones you're using seem too hard and dry, simply soak them in water until they soften up a bit.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 343 calories; 22.2 g fat; 36 g carbohydrates; 8.1 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 230 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Followed recipe exactly as directed. Super easy and super delicious! Used a 9x14 pan, spread out on the thinner side, but that's the way we like it. Very fudgey consistency. My hubby spreads a t...

Most helpful critical review

A little disappointed because it did not stick together to form a bar, instead crumbled and fell apart. I guess I should have played around with the water/coffee a bit more. The recipe is pretty...

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Followed recipe exactly as directed. Super easy and super delicious! Used a 9x14 pan, spread out on the thinner side, but that's the way we like it. Very fudgey consistency. My hubby spreads a t...

These were delicious! I have a very picky family and these were a hit. This recipe was so easy and I highly recommend using the exact coco powder he used. Made them even better! I did add ju...

A little disappointed because it did not stick together to form a bar, instead crumbled and fell apart. I guess I should have played around with the water/coffee a bit more. The recipe is pretty...

My husband was watching Chef John's YouTube channel and saw this one. He knew I would love them. He asked me to get the ingredients. I did and he made me a batch. Just wow. I can even say it bac...

Very versatile. Will try kneading in dried fruit of mini chocolate chips next time. Also made cutting the nuts in half and they turned out great! Thank you.

Fantastic and Whole30 approved bar. I rolled mine into balls and coated them with the extra shredded coconut. Ended up looking like truffles and tasting like an almond joy! Subbed 1/2 cup of roa...

These bars are incredible! I will never buy pre-packaged again! I did not have the dates so I used raisins and still just as moist and chewy. The natural sweet from the raisin, balanced with t...

These are a quick fix energy bar that does the trick. My husband took them on a trip to the boundary waters and said they were just what they needed for a healthy snack on the trails. I cut my b...

Super easy and delicious! I added 1 tsp. of honey and used cold brew instead of espresso. I used a 9x13 pan and it gave just the right thickness. It turned out perfectly and I definitely plan on...