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.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
additional:
2 hrs 45 mins
total:
3 hrs
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 bars
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Refrigerate until cold and firm, 2 or 3 hours.

  • Remove from the pan and unwrap. Cut into bars of your preferred size. Store in a zip top back in the refrigerator.

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

343 calories; protein 8.1g 16% DV; carbohydrates 36g 12% DV; fat 22.2g 34% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 229.6mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2016
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 thin layer of peanut butter on it yummy!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/06/2016
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 good but is bitter as others mentioned. I ended up putting a layer of chocolate on top because adding agave did not help. Should taste good as granola/crumbles on yogurt but overall was a bit disappointed in this recipe. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 8
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  • 2 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2016
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 thin layer of peanut butter on it yummy!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2016
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 just a slight touch of Raw honey for a bit more sweetness. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/05/2016
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 good but is bitter as others mentioned. I ended up putting a layer of chocolate on top because adding agave did not help. Should taste good as granola/crumbles on yogurt but overall was a bit disappointed in this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2017
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 roasted hazelnuts for 1/2 cup of the raw cashews. Takes longer than you think in the food processor. I though it wouldnt come together but I just kept going (and added another tbs of coffee) and it formed a mass eventually. Super tasty, cant recommend these enough. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2018
Wow! These are really good! I've tried lots of energy bars and these are by far the best. The taste a lot like RX Bars but they have more texture, which I really liked. I think if I had sprinkled some flaky salt on the top the would taste like salted caramel bars. I did add a tablespoon of honey since they seemed a bit dry. My only problem was my food processor is not big enough to make the whole recipe. I used half the ingredients and made it twice. I will absolutely make these again and again. Thanks so much Chef John Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2017
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 the bitter cocoa = fantastic!!! I also added peanut butter, pecans and chia seeds. Very happy with results. Thanks for the great recipe, Chef John!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2017
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 backwards -- wow. Love these. My guy even ordered up the expensive brand of chocolate Chef John recommends for future batches. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2019
Amazing. I didn t add the shredded coconut for my children don t enjoy it. They thought it tasted like brownies!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2018
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. Read More
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