February 3, 2017

fitness

8 step easy approach to make the BEST chocolate energy bars

Here is a really simple 8 step approach on how to make the best chocolate energy bars

SO LETS FACE it: we all like a bit of chocolate

But you don’t need to undo all the hard work you’ve done in the gym over the last couple of weeks and months by binging on store-bought, sugar-loaded chocolate eggs.

Of course, everything in moderation is acceptable but there are alternatives out there for those of us who want to choose a healthier and less expensive option.

No doubt you will come across these treats and healthy snacks in most new, trendy cafes and stores around the country but what I’ve started to notice is the excessive prices being charged.

Paleo bars or chocolate protein bars can set you back between €2 and €4 but these recipes will make a batch and cost you a fraction of the price.

Ingredients

  • 200g mixed nuts (I use a mixed bag of walnuts, cashew nuts and hazelnuts)
  • 1 bag of desiccated coconut (150-200g)
  • 1 tea spoon vanilla extract
  • 100-150g of dark choc (I went with 85% but anything between 70-90% works)
  • 200g of coconut oil
  • 2-3 spoons of meridian nut butter (cashew or almond)
  • Handful of dried fruit (used raisins and mango this time)

Method

  1. Blend mixed nuts, handful of dried fruit and desicated coconut together.
  2. Add 200g of coconut oil and 2-3 spoons of nut butter to a heated pot and stir slowly on slow heat.
  3. Add one teaspoon of vanilla extract to same pot and stir.
  4. Add the blended mixture of nuts and coconut to the same pot, stir on low heat.
  5. Heat 100-150g of 75-85% dark choc into a separate pot.
  6. Apply all the ingredients from the main pot to dark choc and mix together.
  7. Coat a small amount of coconut oil onto baking tray and apply the chocolaty mixture onto tray
  8. Leave in fridge for two hours

After two hours in the fridge, I coated it with the remainder of the desiccated coconut and added chopped strawberries and blueberries.

 

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David Last is a personal trainer based in Dublin. For more information you can follow him on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. Or you can send him a direct message here.

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