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Chocolate Chip Energy Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dates
  • 3/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup natural
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Soak the dates in warm water for twenty minutes (this makes them easier to blend!). in a food processor or blender, chop the almonds.
  • You can grind them into a flour or leave some a bit chunky for texture.
  • Pour the almonds into a bowl and add in the cocoa powder.
  • In a food processor or blender, blend the dates, vanilla and water until a paste forms.
  • Scoop out the paste into the almond mixture and mix to combine.
  • Stir in the mini chocolate chips.
  • Line an 8x4 pan with parchment paper. Pour the mixture into the pan and using another piece of parchment paper, press the mixture into the pan until even.
  • Top with additional chopped almonds, if desired.
  • Place in the freezer for one hour to set.
  • Remove from freezer and cut int o five bars.