Raw Bars with Cacao Nibs

These no bake, high-protein, high-fiber bars are based upon Melissa Diane Smith’s recipe for Amaretto Protein Bars in her book ‘Going Against the Grain’ and are easy to make.  Roasted cacao nibs add extra chocolately flavor without the sugar. These make a great snack, a healthy dessert or a breakfast on the go!

Ingredients:

2 cups raw almonds

1/2 cup flax meal (flax seeds ground in coffee/spice grinder)

1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1/2 cup unsalted almond butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup coconut oil

stevia to taste

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 cup cacao nibs

 Procedure:

Place almonds, flax meal, shredded coconut, almond butter and salt in a food processor and pulse to combine.  No need to pulverize everything, some big almond pieces add texture and crunch!

In a small sauce pan, melt the coconut oil over very low heat.

Remove the liquid coconut oil from stove and stir stevia, and vanilla into the oil.

Add the coconut oil mixture to the food processor and pulse until the ingredients form a coarse paste.

Press the mixture into an 8 x 8 glass baking dish

Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour, until mixture hardens.

Remove from refrigerator, cut into bars and serve or store.  These keep well in the freezer or refrigerator.

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15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karen Salenius
    Sep 22, 2010 @ 17:55:58

    Hi,
    I am interested in the nutritional information for the almond bars.

    Reply

  2. Amy Huebner Health Coach
    Sep 24, 2010 @ 16:39:24

    Oh, good question! I will have to calculate myself since I can’t find any info from the original source for this recipe. Give me a week and I’ll get it done!

    Reply

  3. Amy Huebner Health Coach
    Sep 28, 2010 @ 15:33:51

    Here’s the nutrition information for the Almond Bars. This is based on cutting an 8 x 8 in glass pan into 25 squares. I did the calculating myself using http://www.nutritiondata.self.com which is a really useful site!

    Per bar there are 160 calories, 14.7 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of fiber, 2.2 grams net carbohydrates and 3.6 grams of protein.

    Reply

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  7. Christina Bethke
    May 17, 2012 @ 17:45:36

    Hey Amy, when do you add the cocoa nibs in? Thanks

    Reply

  8. Amy Huebner Health Coach
    May 19, 2012 @ 13:51:23

    Christina, I add the nibs in at the very end so they don’t get chopped up too much. Hope you enjoy them!

    Reply

  9. Christina Bethke
    May 23, 2012 @ 13:40:36

    I didn’t have nibs, but I chopped up some bakers chocolate and put them in with the initial mix. Wow, I love these bars. Thanks so much for sharing this amazing recipe. They have been perfect to snack on during my vacation. I look forward to fining the nibs and using those in this recipe! Thanks again for sharing your recipes. Oh, and I also put coconut flakes on top and shaved more bakers chocolate on top. Loved them!

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  10. niki brown
    Jun 09, 2013 @ 15:33:40

    Thanks for this great recipe! I’ve made it a few times, and everyone loves it. Can you tell me how you could adjust this recipe so that it could be brought along on one’s travels? Would baking it at a really low temp (like 50 degrees celsius) for a long time help? I’d like to make it for our next holiday, but they just don’t stay together when they get warm. Thanks!!!

    Reply

    • Amy Huebner Health Coach
      Jun 10, 2013 @ 15:22:18

      Hi Niki,

      Happy to hear you like the recipe! The coconut oil does liquefy when it gets warm so I have kept mine, cut into servings in the freezer. They stay together longer when they start out frozen when we travel, especially when I keep them in the cooler. You could try baking them but I have not done that so…if you try it, let us know what happens!!

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