Almond Power Bars with Chocolate Topping

Almond-Power-BarsThese nutrient-dense energy packed Almond Power Bars are made even more irresistible with a thick, healthy chocolate topping.

They are easily made with a nut combination of almonds, sunflower seeds and hazelnuts.

These addictive bars are not only raw, but vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, paleo-friend and with no processed sugars.

 

 

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5 Fast Facts About Almonds:

  • helps to regulate cholesterol and blood pressure
  • energy booster
  • loaded with calcium and fiber
  • 1/4 cup contains 8 grams of vegan protein
  • high in anti-oxidants

5 Fast Facts About Hazelnuts:

  • one cup contains 86% RDA of vitamin E
  • rich in heart healthy unsaturated fats
  • super high in B-vitamins: B1, B3, B5, B6 and B9
  • one ounce has 2.7 g of dietary fiber
  • one serving contains 90% RDA of manganese and 65% RDA of copper

5 Fast Facts About Sunflower Seeds:

  • rich source of vitamin E
  • finest source of B complex group vitamins
  • incredible source of folic acid
  • rich in magnesium
  • provides anti-inflammatory benefits

5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:

  • super high in lauric acid
  • rich in antioxidants
  • contains natural microbial and anti-bacterial agents
  • helps to improve metabolism
  • improves cholesterol levels

5 Fast Facts About Raw Honey:

  • contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
  • contains immune boosting anti-viral properties
  • super high in B vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6
  • contains natural anti-oxidants that block free radicals
  • high in minerals magnesium and potassium

5 Fast Facts About Cacao:

  • contains over 300 compounds including protein, calcium, copper, zinc and iron
  • super high in anti-oxidants
  • promotes cardiovascular health
  • contains essential fats
  • can help to decrease blood pressure

 

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Tip #1:  This would be an excellent recipe to use homemade almond butter with!

Tip #2:  You can use many different variations with this recipe…use your favorite sweetener, change up the nuts and even use peanut butter instead of almond butter.

 Tip #3:  If you want to reduce the amount of sweetener in the recipe, just use 2 tablespoons of sweetener for the nut mixture instead of 3.  I only used 2 tablespoons but if you want a sweeter bar, just increase it to 3 tablespoons.

 

Almond Power Bars (Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo-Friendly, No-Bake, No Refined Sugar)

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Ingredients

For the bar

  • 2 cups organic raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup organic sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup organic hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup organic almond butter
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut oil (melted/liquid)
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons organic raw honey (or maple syrup for vegan)
  • 2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract

For the topping

  • 1/2 cup organic raw cacao powder
  • 6 tablespoons organic coconut oil (melted/liquid)
  • 1 tablespoon organic raw honey (or maple syrup for vegan)

Directions

For the bar
Step 1 Add the following: almonds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts and almond butter to a food processor and process for approximately 10 seconds for a chunkier nut texture or approximately 20 seconds for a finer nut texture.

In a small bowl, mix the coconut oil, honey (or maple syrup for vegan) and vanilla extract and mix together until well blended.

In a large bowl, add the nut mixture and coconut oil/honey mixture together and mix together until well blended.

Put the mixture in an 8 x 8 glass baking dish (lined with parchment paper if you prefer), and put in the freezer for approximately 30 minutes or until firm.
For the topping
Step 2 Mix the coconut oil (melted/liquid), cacao and honey (or maple syrup for vegan) and stir until well combined.
Assembly
Step 3 Remove the bars from the freezer.

Pour the chocolate topping over the bars and VERY QUICKLY spread in a thin layer (it will start to harden once it touches the frozen bars and will be difficult to spread).

Return the bars back to the freezer for approximately 15 - 30 minutes to allow the chocolate topping to completely harden.

Transfer them to the refrigerator for about 15 - 30 minutes prior to cutting and serving to soften them slightly.

Store in the refrigerator or freezer because they will get very soft and lose their shape if left out at room temperature.

Enjoy!

Note

Recipe slightly adapted from:  http://www.beyondthepeel.net/2011/12/almondpowerbar.html

 

 

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9 comments to Almond Power Bars with Chocolate Topping

  • […] almost went nuts on the pastry bar. But I resisted the indulgence and right now I’m preparing these to fix my sweet […]

  • So stinkin’ good!!!! Thank goodness they are healthy because I CAN’T stop eating them! I didn’t have hazelnuts so I did pumpkin seeds instead – and added flax seeds. Also peanut butter instead of almond butter as that’s what I have on hand. These will be a new staple in my freezer. Thank you!

    • Karielyn

      Hi Vanessa! I’m so glad to hear that you liked them! One of the great things about this recipe is that it’s pretty versatile as far as the types of nuts and nut butters you can use.

      I love the combinations you came up with!

      And girl, there would be no freezer situation with me because mine wouldn’t last long enough to make it to the freezer lol!

      Thank you for trying out the recipe and letting me know that you enjoyed it ;)

  • Delish!- made these today. Next time, and there will definitely be a next time, I might add a little more almond butter or coconut oil to help the nut mixture hold together just a touch more. or, maybe blend a bit longer in food processor…anyway, they are fantastic and nice for a post workout, or mid day pick me up. I also added falx seed and sprinkled coconut on top while cacao topping was warm.
    Thanks!

    • Karielyn

      Hi there! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed them and oh my…I love the idea of the added flax seeds and coconut!! Especially while the cacao was still warm….mmmm what a great idea!

      Thanks for trying out the recipe and for taking the time to let me know you enjoyed it…I really appreciate it ;)

  • marre

    hello there, looks awesome!! can I soak the seeds and nuts before hand?

    Thanks
    Céline

    • Karielyn

      Hi there Marre! Yes, you certainly can soak/dehydrate the nuts ahead of time. In fact, I always soak/dehydrate all my nuts and seeds when I get them home and then they’re ready to go when I need them for a recipe.

      That’s probably why I forgot to add that step, but it is an important one. Although I’ve never soaked my hazelnuts before.

      Thanks for the question and I hope you enjoy the recipe if you give it a try ;)

  • Hi Karielyn!

    I am so excited to try this recipe! How long will these stay good in the fridge? What is the best way to store them if keeping them in the Freezer?

    Thanks!

    Heather

    • Karielyn

      Hi there Heather! They should stay good in the fridge for 1 – 2 weeks (in an air-tight container).

      I’ve never had enough leftover to freeze but I would store them in an airtight container (glass if possible) in the freezer.

      Thank you for your question and I hope you enjoy the recipe if you decide to give it a try ;)

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