Monday, August 12, 2013

Chocolate Nut Energy Bars

If you're a fan of the energy bar, here is a recipe that I like.  In the very humid summer weather, these get a little soft.  I keep them in the fridge.

Vegetable oil spray
1/2 cup cashews
1 1/2 cups pitted dates
1 cup pitted dried cherries
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup raisins
1/2 cup toasted almonds
1/2 cup oatmeal (not steel cut)
1/2 dark chocolate bar
Sprinkling of coconut (optional)

Take a baking sheet and line it with tin foil.  Spray it with vegetable oil.

Pulse the cashews in a food processor.  Don't over process, just until broken into small pieces.  Put in a large mixing bowl.

Pulse all of the fruit until it becomes a paste.  Add to the mixing bowl. Add oatmeal and mix well.

Add 1/2 the almonds.

Mix with your hands and press into the oiled baking sheet.  If you find it hard to work with, run your hands under cold water and shake excess water off your hands.

Press remaining almonds onto the top of the mixture. If using coconut, sprinkle on top now. Put in the freezer for at least 1/2 hours.

Cut into strips.  Depending on how large you cut them, you should get around 16.  Melt chocolate in a microwave or double boiler keeping a couple of chunks out.  When the chocolate is melted remove from the microwave or double boiler, stir and add the remaining chocolate.  It should melt from the heat of the chocolate.  Drizzle over bars.

If you don't eat them all at once, wrap them individually and store them in your freezer.

I wanted something that held together better so I tweeked the recipe.  I added a tablespoon of light corn syrup and 1/4 up of hersey's unsweetened cocoa.

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