Homemade Hazelnut Energy Bars
Jam-packed with hazelnuts, pecans, cashews, and chocolate these Homemade Hazelnut Energy Bars come together in minutes. They are an easy, no-bake treat filled with simple ingredients, perfect for a grab ‘n go snack that’s full of protein.
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Homemade Hazelnut Energy Bars
CALLING ALL CHOCOLATE LOVERS! Get ready for your new favorite chocolate snack!
Now that I have your attention, I have a little secret for you. These soft chewy chocolate bars of heaven are actually good for you! Don’t worry I have not become delusional, and this isn’t a sick joke.
These Hazelnut Energy Bars use fiber-rich and mineral-rich dates as a base to create a chocolatey snack that satisfies your sweet tooth and provides extra energy for your busy lifestyle.
So I know you’re probably still trying to fathom how something so chocolatey could be good for you, but I hope you’re ready for this even better piece of news. The recipe is NO BAKE, super easy to make, and loaded with quality ingredients that are easy to find!
You can eat these for a quick breakfast, a fun snack, or a delightful dessert! I won’t even judge you if you eat them for all three in the same day (I might do the same).
How to Make Homemade Energy Bars
I know it’s tempting to just grab any energy bars you see at the grocery store. It’s so convenient to just pick them up and have a quick and east snack any time you want, but did you know it’s almost just as easy and convenient to make your own?
For this recipe, you just need to roast the nuts in the oven until golden brown and process the roasted nuts until finely chopped. Place chopped nuts in a bowl and set aside, then process the dates, coconut oil, vanilla and cocoa into a paste. Next, add the nuts back into food processor and process with paste mixture until you have a sticky dough mixture.
Next, add the nuts back into food processor and process with paste mixture until you have a sticky dough mixture. Press the mixture into the parchment lined pan, cover and refrigerate. Once the bars are chilled, remove mixture from pan and slice into eight bars! Lastly, drizzle your chocolate over the energy bars and enjoy!
What are The Benefits of Energy Bar Recipes?
When it comes to energy and healthy snack bars, the ones we buy that the store can be a little misleading. They claim to be healthy for you, and boast about a few of the benefits, but are they actually good for you or just loaded full of sugar and preservatives?
Due to my reservations about a lot of the energy bars sold at the store, I’ve come to the realization that making your own is way better for so many reasons. You always know exactly what’s going into them, its way cheaper, and they taste just as good, if not better!
For this recipe, in particular, there are two main ingredients that come with a lot of great health benefits; dates and coconut oil. Dates are high in several important minerals including potassium, manganese, magnesium, and copper. They also provide significant amounts of calcium, iron, vitamin K and B vitamins, including vitamin B-6 and folate.
Coconut oil is a heart-healthy food that can help keep your body running smoothly and efficiently in a number of ways. The oil contains a combination of fatty acids, which contain antioxidant properties and help in the absorption of other minerals
Tips and Tricks For Energy Bars You’ll Want To Devour!
Skin the hazelnuts: If you’ve never cooked using fresh hazelnuts before, you might not know how to easily remove the bitter skin. It’s pretty simple as long as you follow a few steps.
Simply roast them in the oven, let them steam, and then rub them in a towel to remove the skin. If you’re like me and need more of a visual, here’s a great video on how to remove the skin from hazelnuts.
Drizzle the chocolate: You definitely don’t want to forget to add that drizzle of chocolate on top of these amazing hazelnut energy bars. Not only does it add that extra pop of flavor, but it leaves you with that professional store-bought look!
If you don’t have any pastry bags, dont fret. The easiest way to drizzle chocolate is to pour the choclate into a fold over sandwhich bag, and snip a small hole into the corner. It makes for the perfect DIY pastry bag!
Refrigerate the bars: Due to some of the ingredients in this recipe, the energy bars are best kept in the refrigerator. This is because they will become too soft if left at room temperature because of coconut oil.
While the refrigerator keeps them from becoming too soft, they still keep a relatively soft texture even right of the refrigerator. They will never be a hard crunch consistency. They will keep for about a week in the refrigerator and can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months.
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Eating healthy has never tasted so good! Every bite of these nutrient-packed energy bars is better than the next. Don’t waste any more time, and get started on your #NewYearNewMe by throwing together this energy bar recipe. I know you’re going to be just as obsessed as I am!
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- Prehead oven to 300° F. Place all of the nuts on a baking sheet. Roast the nuts in the oven for 15 minutes until golden brown. Remove husks from hazeluts while warm.
- Using a food processor, process the roasted nuts until finely chopped. Place chopped nuts in a bowl and set aside.
- Using the food processor, process the dates, coconut oil, vanilla and cocoa into a paste.
- Add nuts back into food processor and process with paste mixture until you have a sticky "dough".
- Line a loaf pan with parchment paper, let the excess drape over the sides of the pan.
- Using clean hands, press the mixture into the parchment lined pan. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
- Use parchment excess to lift and remove mixture from pan. Place on cutting board and slice into eight bars!
- Melt chocolate chips and shortening in microwave and drizzle over energy bars and enjoy!
- Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Bars are best kept in the refrigerator, as the bars will become too soft if left at room temperature because of coconut oil.
- KitchenAid 9-Cup Food Processor
- Le Creuset Heritage Stoneware 1 1/2qt Loaf Pan, White
- Ghirardelli Chocolate Unsweetened Cocoa
- Nutiva Organic,Steam Refined Coconut Oil
- Bamboo Cutting Boards
- Zwilling J.A. Henckels Chef's Knife
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