Healthy Protein-packed Energy Bars for Little Ones – Cocoa and Coconut Chew Bars

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These are delicious and so moreish! I can guarantee you that everyone will love these, from weaners to grandparents.

 

choc coco bars

 

You can make yours anyway you like but here’s my basic recipe (the measurements are a bit rough so let me know if you need any more guidance). I use a nutri-bullet to blend, or a spice grinder can work well too.

* 2 tbsp coconut oil melted with 5 tbsp of raisins or dates

* blend these up and add 3 tbsp of desiccated coconut and a little water or nut oil if it’s too stiff to blend.

* now mix in enough ground almond to make a stiff mixture (around 4 tbsp). I often add a sprinkle of Chia seeds at this stage as can help to bind it and make a nice crunch.

* add 1 tbsp of cocoa powder and mix well. You may be able to knead it, or squash with your hands at this stage.

* spread it out onto a piece of baking parchment or grease-proof paper to make a long sausage (or indeed whatever shapes you fancy – they make great Easter eggs!). Wrap up your sausage and chill for an hour or so. Slice into ‘bars’ and wrap however you like. I try not to use any plastics so we tend to use baking paper or simple store them in rows in biscuit tins. They’ll keep a week or more in the fridge.

 

Let me know how yours work out.

Other good combinations:

– apricot and ground hazelnut (to replace the raisins and almond)

– date and cashew

– cranberry and peanut