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Chocolate Goji Energy Bars

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Makes 8 bars

Whenever we want to fuel our workouts or an especially busy day, we appreciate a good energy boost. That being said, store bought energy bars are expensive AF, and we’re not into super processed food, anyway. Turns out, making your own energy bars is really simple! You can mix and match ingredients, but we are currently loving this chocolate-goji-maca combination, not only because they taste totally yummy together, but because all three contain natural energy boosting properties! BRB, grabbing an energy bar and heading to the gym!

Recipe courtesy of by CHLOE. Chef Contributor, Lauren Kretzer. 

INGREDIENTS

1 cup raw cashews

½ cup raw pecans

1 ¼ cup dates, pitted

¼ cup dried goji berries

2 Tbsp cacao powder

1 Tbsp maca powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp sea salt

1-2 Tbsp water

PREP

Pit dates.

Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.

COMBINE

Place raw cashews and pecans into the bowl of a food processor fitted with an S-blade. Process until texture resembles a coarse meal.

Add pitted dates, goji berries, cacao powder, maca powder, vanilla extract, sea salt, and 1 Tablespoon of water. Process until ingredients are incorporated and a soft dough comes together, about 15 seconds.

Dough should hold together when you pinch it between your fingers. If dough is still crumbly and not coming together, add an additional 1 Tablespoon of water and pulse to incorporate into dough until desired consistency is reached.

METHOD

Remove dough from food processor and press evenly into the bottom of the lined loaf pan, being sure to even out the thickness throughout the pan until it is completely level. Dough should be packed down tightly and evenly.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

NOTES + SERVING

Remove from refrigerator and lift out parchment paper containing dough.

Cut into 8 bars, about 1” in width.

Keep refrigerated in an air-tight container until ready to serve, for up to 7 days.