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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Chocolate Brownie Larabar Energy Bars!

So, I've been looking for a Larabar/Pure Bar- like chocolate energy bar recipe. I LOVE the Pure Bar chocolate flavor, and it is similar to a Larabar- dates, nuts, cocoa..... plus, it tastes like a brownie, and it's good for you! So it's an ideal late afternoon snack!

So here's what you need:
  • 2 cups chopped pitted dates
  • 2 cups raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 Tb vanilla extract
  • 2 or 3 Tb water

This is the coconut I used. I found it at a health food store.

Put the dates, cashews, almonds, cocoa, and sea salt in the food processor and pulse and process until it's the texture of coarse crumbs, then add the coconut and pulse once or twice to mix:

Then add the vanilla and 2 Tb of the water, and process. It should be like a moist dough. If you need more water, add a little at a time.

Pat the mixture into a pan (I used a 9.5 X 6.5) then use a spatula to press it in really well:

Chill for 20 or 30 minutes, then cut into bars. If you make 10 bars, each bar has 280 calories.

I wrapped mine in saran wrap and put them in the fridge for lunches and snacks this week:

I adapted this recipe from http://www.seasaltwithfood.com/


  1. another great recipe... and anything that tastes like chocolate is a winner..thanks :-)

  2. Could you tell me where you got the 280 calorie information from?

  3. Sure! I went to livestrong.com and created a recipe with the ingredients used. They have a program that calculates the calories per serving.

  4. You make me want to take up running just so I can eat them.


  5. You SHOULD take up running...... it is FUN! ( My hubby disagrees thoroughly )

  6. Just made these tonight for my kids school snacks. They gave it a huge thumbs up...thanks so much!!

  7. Holy! I just made these. This recipe is awesome! I halved it and accidentally added to many almonds and I put in less cocoa. They taste like brownies!