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Primarily Paleo Double Chocolate Macadamia Nut Energy Bars

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Everybody loves chocolate! At least that’s what my daughter and her friends believe.  Chocolate gets a bad rap though, with people believing it is “bad” for them. Chocolate in and of itself is not “bad”. That type of thinking is what has led us down the destructive path of seeking out and craving foods.

Chocolate is full of antioxidants that research implies to be beneficial to our health. Besides, it tastes great and doesn’t have to be full of sugar, preservatives, or chemicals such as found in most commercial candy products. The following cocoa powder and cocoa nib rich recipe will curb your cravings for the candy dish and is full of healthy fat from macadamia nuts to keep you fueled through your day.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw macadamia nuts
  • 2 cups pitted Medjool dates
  • ¾ cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup raw cacao nibs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt1. Line an 8×8” baking pan with parchment paper, leaving overhang on all sides.
    2. Add macadamia nuts to food processor and run it until a nut butter forms.
    3. Place macadamia nut butter in a separate dish.
    4. Add dates to food processor and run until they form a ball.
    5. Add cacao powder, ¾ cup coconut, cacao nibs, salt, macadamia nut butter to date puree and process until smooth (you may need to stop and scrape down sides a few times).
    6. Press mixture very firmly into prepared pan.
    7. Refrigerate until well-formed and cut into 12 bars or 24 squares.

 

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