Raw Mexican Chocolate Energy Bars
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raw cacao or cocoa powder
freshly grated nutmeg
pinch of sea salt
pitted (1 1/2 cups)
pure maple syrup
rinsed (1/2 cup)
Add the walnuts to the bowl of a food processor. Process until finely ground.
Add the cacao, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, vanilla powder (if using) and salt. Pulse to combine.
With the processor running, add in the dates one by one until you have a sticky paste. Add in the almond butter and maple syrup and process again until combined.
Place a frying pan over medium heat. Add the rinsed quinoa and cook, stirring frequently, until dried out, fragrant and starting to pop. This should take around 5 minutes. Remove to a bowl.
Add the almonds to the frying pan and toast for a couple of minutes. Remove and chop roughly.
Add the cooled quinoa and chopped almonds to the date and cacao mixture and knead well with your hands to combine.
Press into a lined 20cm (8") square tin. Place in the freezer to set for about an hour. Cut into 12 bars and store in the freezer.
I used 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper as I like spice but they are a little pokey so reduce to an 1/8 teaspoon if you're sensitive to spice.