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Mocha Cherry & Chocolate Chunk Energy Bars

Cherry, chocolate and coffee is really one of the best flavor combos ever. (See also: my Mocha Cherry Coconut Milkshake. mmmm) These little guys have a texture similar to LaraBars (maybe a little drier) and have a little chew from the cherries and a little crunch from the nuts and chocolate. They’re great before CrossFit*, as a snack, with coffee for breakfast, as a little dessert. Okay, basically I like them all the time.
 
*I ate one as I headed out the door to Top Tier CrossFit earlier this week – here’s my post about what I eat before each workout, depending on the workout
Mocha Cherry  Chocolate Chunk Energy Bars
 
I wrapped mine in plastic wrap so I could throw them in my gym and work bags easily, but you could also just stack them in a tupperware. These will be fine at room temperature but I recommend storing them in the fridge for a slightly firmer texture, which I prefer.
 
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You could also form these into balls, but I kind of prefer the bar format for some reason. And because they’re just all cute in little square shapes wrapped in saran wrap. 
 

Mocha Cherry & Chocolate Chunk Energy Bars
  • 20 medjool dates + 5 extra (pits removed)
  • 1/3 cup unsalted almonds (I used dry roasted) + 2 T extra
  • 1/3 cup almond butter 
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder (I used Vega Sport Chocolate Protein Powder)
  • 1 packet Starbucks VIA® Instant Coffee
  • 1/4 cup very hot water
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 2/3 cup dried cherries (unsweetened)
  • 2/3 cups dark chocolate chunks (I used Trader Joe’s) 
  1. In a large food processor, combine the dates and 1/3 cup of the almonds until combined. Don’t blend it all the way to a paste. It should still look chunky. 
  2. Add the almond butter, oats, protein powder, instant coffee, and pulse until combined. It should start to look like a dry batter. Be careful not to over mix – you should still see pieces of oats and nuts. 
  3. Add the hot water, coconut oil and vanilla extract and pulse again. 
  4. Add the dried cherries, the 5 extra dates, and the extra 2 tablespoons almonds. Pulse until combined and you still have fairly large chunks of the cherries, dates, and almonds. This helps give it a good texture – a little chewiness!
  5. Place a piece of parchment on a cookie sheet and lightly spray with non-stick spray. Dump your batter on the parchment paper and using your hands, press out into a large rectangle(ish) shape. It should be about 1/4″ thick. 
  6. You can mark out your cuts now while it’s still a little soft, but don’t cut all the way through. I made them small because I can’t stomach much with my pre-workout fuel and because I like a small afternoon snack, but you could certainly cut these into longer bars, more like Larabars. 
  7. Refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes. Cut into bars and try not to eat all of them immediately.
 I used my dough scraper to cut them into squares. 
 
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3 Comments

  • Reply
    christina
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    um hello YUM. we should do a blogger snack trade! idk why i just said blogger like we aren’t besties..hahaah

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    Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
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    These sound delicious! This would be a perfect snack to have at my desk!

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    Chicago Jogger
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    I agree with you on loving that flavor combo 😉 Pinned to my snacks board!

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