Monday, 18 March 2013

super food energy bars with cacao


These are chock full of super foods to provide your body and mind with long-lasting energy to get through your busy (or leisurely) day. What have they got? Chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, cacao nibs, raisins, dates and coconut. You can't beat this recipe as far as nutrition goes. Try to find organic varieties of each ingredient - and of course raw! 


I was snacking on the mix as I made the recipe and immediately felt a difference, they gave me enough strength to get through a workout and then they made an excellent post-exercise snack, paired with my green protein smoothie. I had a bit of extra mix that I shaped into tiny cupcakes and I thought... hey, I could top these off with dark chocolate to make it a sweet super food treat. Done. 


If you want real, raw, cruelty-free, high quality, efficient and delicious energy bars - you've got 'em right here. Don't look at those sugar- and refined protein powder-filled candy bars in the grocery store that for some inexplicable reason happen to be called "power bars". It's a joke. The best brand on the market is the Larabar (or the Clif bar for more protein) but you can make better recipes yourself, plus add in a bunch of other awesome ingredients. You've got the power! Get it...


super food energy bars with cacao: makes about 15 bars

1 cup walnuts
1/3 cup chia seeds
1/3 cup ground flax seeds
1/3 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup cacao nibs
1/4 cup coconut flakes 
3/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup dates 
1-2 tablespoons melted coconut oil, if needed

Throw the dry ingredients (keep a little bit of each ingredient to add in a second) in your food processor, then add the dates and raisins and process until everything it starts to stick together. If too dry, add more dates or coconut oil. Put in the remaining dry ingredients you left out and mix in with your hands. Press into a lined pan and set in the fridge for an hour or more. Cut into bars and store for up to one week. If you have extra, shape them into cupcakes and top off with raw chocolate.

160 comments:

lysa jordan said...

Yum ! they look perfect, I love snack like these, full of good stuff on the go...I would love one bar for my next class!

Winnie Yam said...

Looks delish! Problem is i can't stop eating them.

Emily von Euw said...

Hahaha is that REALLY a problem, winnie ? ;)

Emily von Euw said...

Thank you, Lysa!! <3

TheCookieFairy said...

I wish they sold this kind of food in shops!

Susanne Drazic said...

YUMMY! I'm making these this week! Thanks for sharing this recipe. : )

Unknown said...

Gorgeous! And I love the fun presentation with parchment and twine. So lovely :)
I really enjoy reading your blog, and am always excited to see your new recipes. The trouble I come across nearly every time I read a recipe from a person who advocates the raw vegan diet and lifestyle is the heavy dose of haterade. I whole heartedly agree with your sentiment that "energy" bars are anything but that, providing a space age stew of all that is processed to individual components and reconstituted, and that this extends into the far reaches of nearly any "food" product. However, having to navigate the seething remarks (yours not being nearly as concentrated as they come) sheds a light of fear and aggression on raw veganism. In my experience, this underlying message (along with misinformation) is enough to unearth feelings of disdain. If individuals who chose to speak out about raw veganism spoke from a reference of earthly beauty and power, rather than lashing out at whatever scientists these days are considering edible, people would approach the concept with joy and excitement for what is to come instead of shame for what they might have already thought or eaten. All that being said, I always look forward to see your latest creation, as they are beautiful and delicious creations.

Christina Flynn said...

How do you make the raw chocolate? These look amazing and I love your photos. And can I use cacao powder instead of cacao nibs for this recipe?

Katrin - therawfoodsisters.com said...

Like always these looks divine!!! What I notice I have all of the ingredients. have to make a try!!!

Anonymous said...

Could I make those i a vitamix?? Don't have a food processor...
Ernie

Emily von Euw said...

Oh I forgot to link the recipe! Thanks for noticing, Christina.

Emily von Euw said...

Hello! Hmm... I don't mean to be offensive in my posts! I'm usually just joking around and mean the best for all people. I do understand what you're saying. I really dislike the hostile attitude that you can find in the raw world (but also in any community, some people are just hot headed and judgmental I suppose...) It saddens me when I see someone rudely saying their way is best and agave nectar or pasta is "poison" etc. C'mon, people. Lighten up. We're all on our own journeys, trying to make more informed decisions and live our fullest and happiest lives! =)

Emily von Euw said...

Hmm.. yes that would work - just keep an eye on it so it doesn't lose it's chunkiness, unless you want that of course. Personally I like big pieces of cacao, walnuts and stuff in mine though =)

Emily von Euw said...

Woo! That's always the best realization.

Emily von Euw said...

Haha too true! I think I have some raw bars out there though... in health food stores, etc.

Winnie Yam said...

Even though it's all really good for you... Should I eat all 15 bars of energy bars over several hours? I guess that's better than eating 15 bars with ingredients I can't pronounce. All your recipes are REALLY simple and yummy. I <3 your blog! Your blog is the only blog that I religiously check regularly.

DC Celine said...

Emily, we have a severe nut allergy in our house, and I'm on a diet that doesn't allow grapes at the moment (high-maintenance, I know), so I subbed sunflower seeds for the walnuts and figs for the raisins. I ended up adding the coconut oil, and while they pressed together, they didn't stay together - crumbled apart (and I'm now adding that mix to smoothies). Could it be that the walnuts and/or the figs don't have enough moisture? They're a hit with our 5.5 year old, though, who helped make them. She just ate it with a spoon this morning.

Emily von Euw said...

Oh no! Is there a reason you can't use dates? They would work well to combine the ingredients, along with the coconut oil. Smart using sunflower seeds instead =) and I am glad your little one liked it anyway!

DC Celine said...

I actually did - I used dates + figs, just subbing the figs for the raisins. Also realized I didn't use all of the oil - just 2tsp, vice 1-2T, so maybe that's it. May also try to use unsweetened cranberries or dried cherries, as she loves them both.

DC Celine said...

Also, maybe I missed it in the recipe, but it might help with getting the "press out" part right if you added a size of pan. I'm SO looking forward to having one of these tomorrow, btw!

Michael and Liane said...

I just made these today. They are delicious, healthy and simple to make. Thank you!

Emily von Euw said...

Wonderful - thank you ;)

Emily von Euw said...

Oh thank you!

Emily von Euw said...

:D

Anonymous said...

These look amazing! Do you store them in the fridge? Or can you keep them in the pantry?

The Restless Knitter said...

These look amazeballs. I'm about to whip them up now. I don't have any hemp seeds but I'm sure I'll find something to sub them with.
I'm not raw or vegan, but I LOVE your recipes. they always look amazing and are so inspiring. Thank you! :-)

The Restless Knitter said...

Ok. These actually ARE amazeballs :-D
I added in some sunflower seeds and some raw cacao. I can't wait for them to set!!!

Emily von Euw said...

LOL thank you :D I would've added sunflower seeds if I had had any!

Anonymous said...

Hello, I am slowly slowly becoming more aware of all these healthy options, clean natural ways of eating, living and experimenting with cooking (its such an amazing process! But can be overwhelming and very easy to get frustrated with ones self as it does take time and a lot of growth and adjusting) But one thing i'm still super unsure about is the ratio between portions of natural sweetener compared to processed.. I realise a variety of everything and a reasonable portion is acceptable but with all the awesome recipes, when I get going and make heaps and have some of the servings atleast once a day, I question if I should be.. Sorry if this is confusing! I'm talking likeee dates, honey, nuts and fruit in the form of cakes/tarts/bars/snacks compared to sugar/processed cakes/nuts/bars. Should I treat and eat the healthy options as if they were unhealthy? (besides feeling %100 guilt free)save these things for treats you might choose to have once or twice a week? (I am a little on the weight watching/stricter side, but I dont like the idea of over-eating.. only problem is i'm not sure if i am!)
Thankyou, can't wait to make these! Been making raw hemp bars and have had them for so long it would be interesting to see if my energy levels would differ if i give these a go for a while:)

Emily von Euw said...

Hi there! Okay, so here's the deal: nuts and seeds are very good for you, in moderation. They DO have a high fat content but PLEASE don't make this scare you. They are super healthy fats that your body needs! In fact, a handful of nuts every day has been proven to help weight loss. In my recipes, I usually make each serving equal one serving of nuts/seeds/coconut oil so you don't have to worry about over-eating that kind of stuff unless you eat like an entire cake... even if you did, I still wouldn't worry lol.. Just work out and drink lots of water and juice the next day =)

As far as dates... honestly don't worry about eating too many, pair them with other fruits to get a filling meal. If they are in my recipes, you also won't be eating too many.

In short: if you are making my recipes, eat one serving per day and you are NOT overeating. In fact, you are getting your necessary nutritional requirements for several vitamins, nutrients and minerals =) Just don't eat any other nuts on the same day, because you got your intake in the recipe. Make sense?

Anonymous said...

thankyou so much :) it makes a lot of sense! puts a lot into perspective for me:) and lifts a weight off my shoulders so I can just enjoy what im putting into my body.

Thanks again.

Emily von Euw said...

Great to hear =) Good luck, stay in touch please!

Heather said...

Can I substitute anything for the coconut oil? Can I omit it? I don't have any and wanted to whip these up for tomorrow. Any suggestions?

Emily von Euw said...

Sure! The best option would be cacao/cocoa butter, but if you don't have that - use more dates. =)

kristina said...

Hi there, I want to ask, can I add intead cacao nibs cacao powder?

Emily von Euw said...

Yes, that's fine! =)

Kristina said...

Hi again, I tried to make this energy bars, the taste was delicious but the mass I got was dry, a part got freezed in the fridge (I put them for all the night). When I was making bars some bars were crumbling, so what did I wrong?

Emily von Euw said...

Hmm if your mix is ever too dry with my recipes, just add more dates or raisins to help everything stick together =)

Kristina said...

Okey, next time I'll do that, because all products I divided over half, that's why I think I got little bit too dry mass.
Thank toy anyway!:)

Lindsay said...

Soooo delicious. I am new to the vegan world am I use your site often! Keep it up I am inspired :)

Anonymous said...

I made them used fresh hard coconut and two TBS of Cocoa... ohh my God! my husband wants me to make it every day..

Larissa Rose said...

You are such an amazing young women and role model for teenagers Em. Your soul is evolving beautiful. Love for my daughters to further harness your ways. They are already on the road to where you are going.... I will expose them to your blog

Emily von Euw said...

yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! :) thanks so much, i really appreciate your kindness! xo

Randi said...

Oh man - I am in LOVE with this site! Since I went veg I always wanted to eat more raw food but most of the recipes I found earlier all had at least like 25 different ingredients! You are an inspiration and I will DEFINITELY be making this tomorrow :D

Anonymous said...

Hi I just want to say all your recipies look amazing!

Do you use fresh dates or dried dates in this recipie? I have tried to process dried dates in my food processor before and It didnt really work.

Emily von Euw said...

Hmm, they should be dried but still gooey and and easy to pull apart.

Cara said...

These look divine! I want to make them and give them as a gift. How long will they keep?

Emily von Euw said...

Probably up to 1 week :)

Kobi Kenzo said...

ugh....what is not to love? These look perfect and i am sure taste amazeballs :) Thank you so much for sharing! le sigh...

Mickey Walker said...

Mmmm, these I must try. I've been looking for a great bar to grab on the go, to keep as a snack at work, or post workout. I'm thinkin a little sprinkle of sea salt on top of those cacao ones would be amazing! Thank you! I'm also curious what type of camera you use? I'm looking to get one, and these are some lovely shots!

Emily von Euw said...

Thanks! I use a Canon T2i and love it :)

vacationmomma said...

Just wanted to tell you how delicious this recipe is. I decided to make mine into balls...the recipe made 16 balls the size of a meatball. I had everything in the pantry so it was a no brainer to make! Thanks.

Shirley Garrity said...

I cannot find hemp seeds anywhere and I dont know what cacao nibs are...please help!

Emily von Euw said...

Uh oh! You can use more of the other seeds instead of hemp. Cacao nibs are simple chunks of the cacao bean.

Robien said...

Hoi Emily, your side inspires me A LOT, all ingredients and pictures make me very happy! Just made these bars, they're in the fridge right now - can hardly wait!

Araceli said...

Hi Emily!

Just curious, what do you mean when you say a "lined" pan. I noticed this in a few recipes but I am not sure what that means. lined with what?

Emily von Euw said...

Hi! I usually use parchment paper, coconut oil or tin foil to cover the inside of a pan so the recipe is easier to take out later, and everything stays cleaner. :)

John Halloran said...

Great stuff! Made them today! Thanks!

Rach_the_vego said...

Thanks for this recipe. I made the chocolate using dates rather than other sweet stuff and used sesame as I had no hemp seeds (not sure where to get them here - haven't looked really). Just chopped them into about 80 small squares.....the off cuts were awesome.
Rach

Amber Lee Corp said...

I made these again tonight, made them on Sunday and my husband and I love them. They give us so much energy! I bought my dates at Whole Foods, organic, do you buy yours in bulk? I have to drive 3 hours round trip to Whole Foods and Trader Joes so I am hoping to find a good bulk place online that sells organic ones. A lot of your recipes use dates so I need to stock up :) Dates are So good also, I hadn't had any for years until the other day.

Emily von Euw said...

Hi! I do buy nuts and oats in bulk, and sometimes dates as well. I use Upaya Naturals (for Canada) :) You can go on their website to check out their products.

Anonymous said...

Hi Em, I love the idea of these bars but I am allergic to nuts and each recipe I open that I think I like the look of always has nuts in it! Do you think there's anything I can use as a substitute for this recipe? Thanks! Claire

Emily von Euw said...

No problem! For all my crust recipes, you can use oats, seeds, or buckwheat instead of nuts. For my cheesecake/pudding/other creamy recipes that call for nuts or cashews, you can use a mix bananas, dates, young coconut meat, coconut oil and/or avocado :)

Jessica said...

I just made this.... OMG! I'm trying so hard not to eat them all.... hahahah I used a bit of organic maple syrup because it was dry and I didn't have that many dates left and I need them for my almond milk xD

But nonetheless <3 i'm in love with this recipe.

Anonymous said...

Excellent! Thank-you :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, this looks wonderful, only thing I haven't got coconut oil. Could I use olive oil /vegetable oil, or would it just make the whole yummy thing taste nasty? Thanks Siobhan

Emily von Euw said...

Don't use those (they don't harden at room temperature). Add more dates and you should be okay.

Em

Foodpick said...

This is great for my break time.I'm goin' to make this one later.Thank you so much for sharing this stuff.

kmac271 said...

could i leave the nuts whole if i sub almonds for walnuts? will they still stick together?

Emily von Euw said...

Chop them as finely as you can and I think it will be okay... but leaving them whole will probably not work. Can I ask why you asked?

kmac271 said...

I just like the crunch of whole nuts! :)

Anonymous said...

Substituted coconut oil for peanut butter and it's delicious...!

Anonymous said...

What's the calorie count on these (approximate)? I'm trying to shed some pounds and am always searching for foods that will fill the tank and keep me energized. I know some protein bars can have 400+ calories. Just wondering if this is a healthy, energizing snack option, or a meal replacement. Thanks.

Emily von Euw said...

If you only have a small bar that fits in your hand it's probably around 200 calories, if you have enough to make you full, then it's a meal :) I don't count calories myself so I can't give you a number though.

ShawnaCPM said...

I love these! I skipped the raisins and added raw sunflower seeds. Everyone who has tried them, thought they were great. I even dressed some up in brown paper and twine and gifted them to a friend.
I live in a large country that measures distance by days of travel. I've spent quite a bit of time on the road in recent weeks and these have really saved me. A crumbled bar in yogurt makes a perfect breakfast.
I keep a bar in my purse, so if I am out and miss a meal, I have a safe and satisfying snack. All I really need with it is water.
Thanks for a satisfying, healthy option, especially for travel!

Anonymous said...

I love these! I made them into balls instead. Do you know what the nutritional information is for these?

simplenomnoms said...

I made these the other day, and I do not know how you did not eat this all in one go... I didn't but it was a very close call, the first time I tried Chia seeds too... Gooy, weird and DELICIOUS! Your blog is amazing, I skipped the raisins, because I've very particular with them, but I added more Cacao Nibs :3 because they are amazing, heehee. Thank you for your recipes, really, they are amazing :O

horus said...

The best raw bars ever! and one little bar is so filling .....

Your recipes are the tasty and simple....

Loving your website....thank you XXX

Anonymous said...

These look so good. Could you tell me if you use whole hemp seeds or just the hearts? I just bought whole ones for the first time. They're so much less expensive the the hulled ones. Do you think it would matter for this recipe?

Emily von Euw said...

Well if you enjoy them whole, then use them like that! It will certainly be fine, as long as you like the taste :)

Bridget Nielsen said...

Hello!! I have to tell you your website SO inspires me!!! I grew up vegetarian and have been vegan for a year... I haven't had recipes to really excite me since my recent conversion until I found your website. I'm an artist so your pictures and recipes are satisfying on soooo many levels :) I hope you see my other recent comments about the other things I've made from your site... I'm making at least one of your recipes per week!

I LOVE this one!! I seriously get a body buzz eating a half bar~ it's insane and it tastes soo good!!

Yummm Thanks!

massha said...

ooooh my gooooood. They are so great! It is my first recipe I did from your blogs and now sitting and thinking how not to all bars I made at once :D

I am sweet addict, couple of times I tried gave up sweets and it worked for sometime, until I was deciding to eat a little bit again and it never worked. I tried to switch to eating dried fruits or honey, but I was always getting tired of the same taste... until I found your blog (actually one friend showed it to me). And I now I am saved. I can eat sweets and instead doing bad to me, they will do good to me and I can eat as much as want and not to get bored. Simply perfectly awesome! :) thank you a lot!

Anonymous said...

has anyone figured out how many calories these have per serving; assuming 16 bars from the basic recipe? thank you

Anonymous said...

Unsure if anyone has asked this question, but is there a nutritional difference between cocoa and cacao powder? I am interested in ordering raw cacao powder online, but I want to know if it is actually necessary.
Thanks! And keep up the great work!
~Cali

Emily von Euw said...

If it's too expensive then don't worry about it, but otherwise I'd definitely recommend cacao powder. It's much less processed and thus retains significantly more nutrition, as well as higher quality. Here's a great post about it: http://nourishmylife.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/raw-cacao-vs-cocoa/

Rich Hall said...

I didn't have any hemp or chia but I made them anyway! Broke our old 300W hand blender in the process, switched to a bigger food processor and they've turned out great!
I spread peanut butter on top of mine.. so goooood :D

Awesome site btw, didn't realise it was a blogspot until now. Good job *thumbs up*

Tari Allen said...

These look awesome, do you think they would store longer than a week if vacuum packed and frozen?

Emily von Euw said...

Oh definitely - they'd store for ages!

Tari Allen said...

Thank you Emily, made them and love them! Thanks you for this spectacular site...Kudos..;-)

missdolkapots said...

Can you replace the dates with figs?

Emily von Euw said...

Yep :D

Anonymous said...

I made a batch of these last week and pushed dark chocolate covered cocoa nibs into the top. They are ingenious and they are fabulous! Thank you!!

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KyoKyo said...

quick question what can I use instead of hemp seeds I am allergic to all hemp products. And, I don't use Quinoa

Emily von Euw said...

Any other seed or nut :)

Jodi Beaugrand said...

Thanks for this great recipe! I've made it a few times and made many different variations trying new things each time. I make cake pops for friends and family and I've taken your recipe and altered it slightly and have been able to come up with "energy pops" for my friends who don't want the sugar pops I make. Truly divine and they can't stop asking for me to make them! So a big thank you (on our Canadian Thanksgiving day) for your share which allowed me to create my latest yummy pop treat! Much love, Jodi

Renata said...

Thank you for this wonderful recipe... I am so happy I found your blog !!!

kathy jones said...

These are so delicious and healthy. All my extended family and runner friends are enjoying making them too now! Thank you so much for all you do!

Theodora said...

These look so delicious! Can you freeze them?

Sarah Piscina said...

Hi Emily, I have just made these and they are truly delicious. As per Theodora, just wondering what your thoughts were regarding freezing them?

Emily von Euw said...

Definitely!

Emily von Euw said...

Totally okay!

Anonymous said...

Great recipe! Any tips for chopping up dates? I have a hard time with it using my small blender and food processor. They are just too sticky. Also is there an alternative binder for this?

Emily von Euw said...

Oh weird... No tips from me, sorry! I've never had that problem. You mean instead of coconut oil? Cacao butter or cocoa butter would work.

:)

Anonymous said...

Hello made these using the measurements etc and coconut oil but they are very crumbly can I remix and add something else to make them "stick" together more? I did chill in the fridge, perhaps a smaller pan. What would work now? Have spare coconut oil plus the raw chocolate which has not set either, ideas please.

Emily von Euw said...

Try using more coconut oil and dates :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you, writing from New Zealand. Totally loved the sushi with beansprouts fed the office for lunch yesterday. A very tasty combination. Thanks for putting up your ideas. Will keep eating them!!

Anonymous said...

Looks so tasty!!! :D

PS - to commenters above - for the love of God stop saying 'delish' that words so annoying lol

Claire Hanley said...

Yum. Just made these to take with us skiing. Don't know if they'll make it up the mountain.

Dina H said...

Ok just made these. Yummy!!! I did add a tsp of cinnamon - it's Christmas time, a tsp of maca for minerals and cayenne just to add a little kick. So easy to make, took me minutes. Thanks for sharing. Perfect for kids too.

Emmy said...

How long does these last for?

Emily von Euw said...
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Emily von Euw said...

A month or more if refrigerated :)

Dudman - Less Dud More Man said...

Hey Em - I need to cut out the raisins and the dates - what do you recommend I substitute with - or just leave as is? My raw diet needs to become more restricted, doctors orders. Catherine

Emily von Euw said...

A MORE restricted raw diet? What can you eat? Any dried fruit will do... you just need something sweet and sticky to hold it all together.

Anonymous said...

What are cocoa nubs?

Emily von Euw said...

http://navitasnaturals.com/product/439/Cacao-Nibs.html

Christian Thomas said...

Do we know calorie content?

Jeanelly Concepcion said...

This looks amazing! No sugar, no carbs, all raw. I am so gonna make this! Thanks for the recipe!

Jeanelly
www.thefashionlotus.com

Mandy Dugas said...

Mmm!! These do look great. I made energy balls just like these but didn't add flax seeds because I don't have a coffee grinder to grind them and since we can't digest flax seeds I left them out, but they sure do have lots of health benefits! Your pictures look amazing. Great job on this post!!

-Mandy
http://www.mandyshealthylife.com

Karen Blackwell said...

I made these at the behest of my hubby. Thought he was a little nuts - homemade granola bars...really? OMG they are soooo yummy! I can NOT stop eating them. Couldn't find cacoa nibs in our little town so I subbed in some dark chocolate chips. Added the extra dates and chucked in some cranberries to get them to stick together. I'm heading back to the store today and get more dates to make a double batch for the weekend. Holy cow these little guys are good! Take the crumbles and put 'em on some yogurt. *nummy num num*

Nela Vinklerova said...

Amazing!

I don't eat raw, I don't even eat vegan, but I am trying to add healthy food to my life and this is definitely staying, because I love these, they are incredibly yummy!!!

Sarah@Baking Recipes said...

The So Delicious definitely has a energy bars with cacao.I like it better than any of the other nog’s I’ve tried but if someone doesn’t like coconut they might not like it.

Anonymous said...

Made these this morning and added cinnamon, cardamom and clove for a little chai flavour. With the cacao and coconut, it's out of this world. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes. I make a new one everyday. : )

Anonymous said...

These came out great but if I would suggest grinding the flax and chia seeds before putting them in the food processor.

Anonymous said...

I made these last night and it went in the tin no problem but didn't stick together when I cut it and went all crumbly. Do I need to use more coconut oil? I also didn't put hemp seeds in as they weren't available, would that have made a difference? Many thanks

Emily von Euw said...

Hmmm next time try processing the ingredients more, so you end up with a finer consistency; that way it will hold together better.

Tera Cornel said...

These look wonderful, I cannot wait to try this recipe. Your pictures are just gorgeous throughout your entire site too :)

Jacob Abramson said...

Hi Emily! These look like great snacks while I work (pretty intensive manual labor type of gig)... anyway, all I have is a cheap blender and no food processor yet. I am looking to spring for the upgrade... any recommendations?

Emily von Euw said...

Hey, Jacob!

I have one from KitchenAid and it works very well. Apparently CuisinArt is also an excellent choice. Cheers!

Naomi Axe said...

I made these last night with the raw chocolate on top- absolutely delicious! I had some chocolate leftover which I spread onto baking paper and put in the fridge. Although it is really tasty it didn't quite harden...any guess as to why?
Thanks for the great recipe and awesome blog!
Naomi.

Shimon Aaron Detwiler said...

Any Idea how many calories would be in one bar?

Emily von Euw said...

Not sure, I don't count 'em buuut it'd be quite reasonable. Maybe 100?

Leslie Astor said...

Hi Emily,
Your blog is beautiful. I made these bars but they didn't really stick together very well, even though I did use a couple of tbs.'s of coconut oil and a few extra dates. Do I just keep adding more and more of those until I get them to stick together or am I maybe doing something wrong?
Thanks,
Leslie

Emily von Euw said...

@Leslie - yep! just keep adjusting until it works for you ;)

Ksenia said...
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Ksenia said...

Great recipe for anyone's diet! They came out so yummy!
But I had the same problem as Leslie, they didn't stick together too well and were really soft. Still very very awesome bars! I will now stop buying the "energy chunks" from Moms organic market :-)

Danielle Baiz said...

Hi there Emily! So happy to have found your blog a month into my Vegan adventure. I made this recipe 3 times,,each time adding more and more dates and coconut oil until I got to the point that I had two cups of dates and two heaping tablespoons of coconut oil. The bars were still very crumbly and by the time my fiance transported them to work they were all crumbs. ;( I read in your comments that someone added maple syrup.. and as much as I hate to modify your recipe, it worked! I know its not ideal, especially because of the additional calories..but I just found it was the only thing that worked. If you can suggest anything else I will be open to trying it. Regardless, thank you for all of the time and effort you put into these beautiful recipes!!

Also, do you have an instagram? Would love to tag you photos when I make your recipes. For now, it seems that a lot of insta users have been using the hashtap #thisrawsomeveganlife

Emily von Euw said...

@Danielle Baiz - yay me too :D and woooow thank you for letting me that #thisrawsomeveganlife in insta is a thing! I don't have an iPhone but now I'm thinking of getting one ;)

Danielle Baiz said...

Yes! You should definitely get an iphone and instagram account. As of today, 271 users have tagged their instagram posts with the hashtag #thisrawsomeveganlife I'm sure you would thoroughly enjoy seeing all of the people out there who are attempting your recipes on a daily basis. Myself included! Not only that, it is yet another great way to gain exposure for yourself and your rawsome recipes :D

Garrick said...

My wife, 3year old and I loved the bars, thanks! How long will they last kept out? In frig? In freezer?

Emily von Euw said...

@Garrick - thanks! They will keep for a couple weeks in the fridge, and a couple months in the freezer :) They'll still be edible after that, but they taste best consumed before.

Emily von Euw said...

@Garrick - thanks! They will keep for a couple weeks in the fridge, and a couple months in the freezer :) They'll still be edible after that, but they taste best consumed before.

Garrick said...

Thank you so much.

Sophie said...

These are fabulous, I made them for my sister's birthday and she loved them! Thanks for the awesome recipe, they're perfect to throw in a bag for uni :)

Anonymous said...

i can't wait to try these. Emily what can i use instead of oil?

Emily von Euw said...

@Anonymous - more dates :D

jeff said...

How do you keep them from being too dry. There is only so much coconut oil you can use before it effects the taste

jeff said...

Also what size pan did you use? I have a 9X14 pan and the bars are really thin. Yours look thicker

Emily von Euw said...

@jeff - I used a 9X4 pan :) And you can use more dates or raisins to keep 'em gooey!

Ayisha Miller said...

Yummy! So going to try these next week!
I have a question though, I'm newly vegan (from easter this year) and I've heard a lot of mixed information about agave nectar and it's positives and negatives. I was wondering what your opinion on the use of agave in recipes is? Is there something better to use?
Thanks! <3
P.s I LOVE all of your amazingly blissful creations!

Emily von Euw said...

@Ayisha Miller - now I do not use Agave, I usually use maple syrup, coconut nectar or date paste. Honestly since you are having it in such small amounts I can't imagine it would have any kind of substantial impact. But at this point people are favouring coconut nectar for the health benefits. Maple syrup is more affordable though, and is still fairly nutritious. Date paste is definitely the most whole foodsy, but it doesn't have the same texture. t say: see how the food makes you feel!

Ayisha Miller said...

Thank you! That helps a lot. I'm loving being vegan, I feel so happy, light and healthy. 100% positive that I'll never go back! :)

Karolina K. said...

They look delicious!

Alexia said...

I love it. Have been using this recipe, and these bars as a snack between meals for two months now, and i can feel big changes. I have more energy, better concentration and the list is endless. Thank you for sharing this super bar!

Carmen A. W. said...

dear emily, thank you so much for this delicious recipe. my mom has alzheimers and my dad is her primary caregiver and doesn't always have time to give her the most nutritious of snacks. i made these, with cranberries instead of raisins and no hemp seeds (couldn't find them) and did add organic coconut oil, topped them with dark chocolate (some without) and OMG! first, sooo delish. secondly. that and some homemade green juice made mom feel so good yesterday. thank you! thank you! thank you! p.s. you are adorable :)

Eliza Taylor said...

so I just finished making these and stored them in the fridge for 2 hours. I followed the directions EXACTLY and even added 2 Tbl spoons of coconut oil. They are delicious but they are falling apart and not sticking together like a solid bar. I mean they are in bars, just as soon as you take a bite they start to crumble... any suggestions?

Sarah Mac said...

Hi Emily,

I have just discovered raw food and your blog...your blog is beautiful. Anyway, probably a stupid question - dates...do you use a certain type? Medjool? Or dried ones? Or does it not matter.

Thanks so much!

Emily von Euw said...

@Sarah Mac - medjool is what I usually use, but any kind will work.

Emily von Euw said...

@Eilza Taylor - if that ever happens just add more dates or water ;)

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