nutritional information

Per Bar:

  • Calories: 195
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Total Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated Fat: <1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 31 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 2 mg
  • Fiber: 7 g
  • Sugar: 22 g
Vegan

Raw Chocolate-Chia Energy Bars

Makes 8 bars

30 minutes or fewer

Whole chia seeds add nutritional punch and crunch to these chocolate treats.
  • 1 ½ cups pitted dates
  • ⅓ cup raw unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup whole chia seeds, such as ReNew Life Ultimate ChiaLife
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract, optional
  • ¼ tsp. almond extract, optional
  • 1 cup raw slivered almonds or raw shelled pistachios
  • Oat flour for dusting, optional

1. Place dates in bowl of food processor; purée until thick paste forms. Add cocoa powder, chia seeds, and vanilla and almond extracts, if using. Pulse until all ingredients are combined. Add almonds; pulse until nuts are finely chopped and well distributed through date mixture.

2. Spread large sheet of wax paper on work surface, and dust with oat flour, if using. Transfer date mixture to wax paper, and use paper to press mixture into ½-inch-thick rectangle. Wrap tightly, and chill overnight.

3. Unwrap block, and cut into 8 bars. Dust edges and sides with oat flour, if using, to prevent sticking. Rewrap each bar in wax paper.

January 2010 p.37

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comments

Chia seeds are definitely enhanced nutritionally by soaking/germinating them. Add the fact that it will make the whole bar hold together better as they become gelatinous when soaked, and it's a win/win no brainer! I, too, would like to see the nutrition content for any and all recipes offered. Thanks, can't wait to try these - - - - -

donna - 2014-06-26 21:35:49

Oh, for the ones that are asking about adding water. I don't add water, I buy dates the day I plan on making them. I get the ones from the bins, but make sure they aren't dry though. Just pliable enough. Dates will give your processor a workout though, I have to stop and spread the mixture around. You could try the packaged dates like from del monte, but I find them to be too soft. They get mashed up in the heat towards the end of the ride.

Patrick - 2014-05-29 05:48:50

I have been using this recipe now for two years! Love it! They are a great alternative to prepackaged energy bars. I bring about 3 or 4 of these for my long bike rides (30-50 miles). They keep me full and provide enough energy to keep me going. Plus I can make enough for about 3 or 4 rides for what it cost me to buy prepackaged bars for 1 ride.

Patrick - 2014-05-29 05:40:37

How much water may one add?

Des - 2014-05-03 04:07:14

These look delicious.. I really have to give this recipe a go! - It's hard to get a lot of these ingredients down under in Australia - try this website .. I usually shop from there http://naturalfoodsonline.com.au

Michael - 2014-03-04 01:51:09

I am going to try these but am going to substitute pitted dry plums which I use in a lot of my no bake bars.

Buddhamom - 2014-02-19 14:43:12

Lovely brownie taste with a crunch. I also added a bit of water and rolled them into balls instead of bars for less faff. I think they will be a staple in my fridge for a chocolate fix.

Harriet Mitchell - 2014-01-29 15:04:21

Love these so much, making them for the 3rd time today with a friend! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I also did add water to the dates, it helped with the consistency. Thanks again!!!

Bobbi - 2014-01-19 17:10:27

These sound good and pretty easy. I think I will try them.

Andy - 2013-10-05 01:17:49

I'm going to try these.

Michelle - 2013-10-05 01:16:04

These are delicious! The only change I made was that I used walnuts instead of almonds because I realized I was out of almonds AFTER i had already put the other ingredients together! It definitely has a very dark chocolate taste, which I love!

Saylah - 2013-09-10 00:06:02

I made them and the the cocao was really strong. next time i am going to substitute a sweeter fruit for dates and see how they come out. I will mess with the recipe BUT I WILL GET IT RIGHT. Anyways thanks for the great recipe!

Dawg - 2013-08-26 15:02:48

They sound great and I get to use my food processor for something other than hummus. I would like to know the serving size and the calories. Thank You.

karla - 2013-07-16 00:25:12

These are delicious!!!

Faye - 2013-07-01 20:15:57