Disclosure: I received products from Barlean’s free as part of #RecipeMakeover week. All opinions are my own.

Energy bars are quite a big trend these days. Many coffee shops or cafes sell a wide variety of energy bars in all shapes and sizes. But making energy bars at home is quite easy. All you need is some healthy ingredients and a food processor.Energy BitesSo today I have a healthy recipe for Enery bites made with cacao nibs, dates and Barlean’s digestive blend. Barlean’s is one of our sponsor for this week’s #RecipeMakeover event and they were very kind enough to send us their Digestive Blend and Butter flavored coconut oil. I used them both in this recipe.Cocoa Dates-Nut Energy BitesBarlean’s digestive blend has flax seeds, chia seeds, coconu and quinoa. It is organic and a great source of Omega-3 fatty acid, dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, amino acids and plant based protein. It is flavored with a natural pumpkin pie spice flavor which gives the nutrient-filled blend a delicious warmth of ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and cloves.

I stir this blend in to Greek yogurt along with tiny bit of honey and then top it with fruit and some granola for crunch — this has been my breakfast for the past couple of days and I totally love it. It is delicious and keeps me full until lunch time.Energy BitesThe recipe for these cocoa dates-nut energy bites is from Bon Appetit magazine. The orginal recipe used a combination of ground chia seeds, ground flaxseeds and ground hemp seeds. I simply subbed that with Barlean’s digestive blend and it worked beautifully.

The recipe also uses coconut oil which I subbed with Barlean’s butter flavored coconut oil. This gives the bars a nice buttery flavor without the strong coconut taste. These bites are perfect as an afternoon snack to boost the energy. Keep them chilled for up to 5 days or frozen up to 2 weeks.

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Cocoa Dates-Nut Energy Bites Yum
These cocoa dates nut energy bites are made with ground up cacao nibs, dates and ground seeds. These bars are very easy to put together and are great as afternoon snack.
Cocoa Dates-Nut Energy Bites
Course snack
Cuisine american
Prep Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp Cacao nibs
  • 5 oz. Dates (about 10~12), pitted
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil*, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup Nut Butter (I used Almond Butter)
  • 6 tbsp Barlean's Digestive Blend Or use 3tbsp ground chia seeds/ ground flaxseeds/ ground hemp seeds and 3tbsp Dry grated coconut
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp Almond Flour or Meal
Course snack
Cuisine american
Prep Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp Cacao nibs
  • 5 oz. Dates (about 10~12), pitted
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil*, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup Nut Butter (I used Almond Butter)
  • 6 tbsp Barlean's Digestive Blend Or use 3tbsp ground chia seeds/ ground flaxseeds/ ground hemp seeds and 3tbsp Dry grated coconut
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp Almond Flour or Meal
Cocoa Dates-Nut Energy Bites
Instructions
  1. Lightly grease a 81/2"x41/2" loaf pan; line with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on long sides.
  2. Take the dates in a heatproof bowl and cover them with boiling water. Cover and set aside for 10 minutes.
  3. Pulse the cacao nibs in a food processor until fine powder forms; transfer to a small bowl.
  4. Drain the dates and transfer to food processor. Add the nut butter and cooled coconut oil; process until the dates are completely pureed and the ingredients come together.
  5. Add the Barlean's digestive blend, salt and cinnamon; pulse to incorporate.
  6. Add the almond flour, ground cacao nibs and pulse until combined.
  7. Press the mixture into the prepared pan in an even layer compacting as firmly as possible. Cover and chill until firm, for about 1 hour.
  8. Uncover and use the sides of the parchment to lift bar out of the pan. Cut into squares. Cover and chill the leftovers for up to 5 days or freeze up to 2 weeks.
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