Recipes, Snack, Treats

2 food processor recipes

April 5, 2012

Hello! Hope everyone is having a great day?!

I had a couple of recipe requests in the comment section for yesterday’s post so I thought I’d start sharing. Today’s recipes are so simple I don’t even want to call them “recipes”. The first recipe merely involves 5 ingredients and a food processor…I’m talking about my scrumptious and super healthy Chocolate Fudge Brownie Energy Bars.

The reason I initially set out to make these bars is because I had never before had Lärabars. I’ve read about them on several blogs and from what people are saying they taste amazing without any of the extra additives you find in so many cereal and energy bars these days. I am always on the outlook for healthy snacks and it was only a couple of weeks ago, that I found a similar product to Lärabars in the UK called Nakd bars. I looked at the ingredients list and when I saw that they included dates and were raw, I knew that I had found the UK equivalent to Lärabars. Now that I’m spending a month at home, with neither Lärabars or Nakd bars close by, I decided to create my own energy bar, inspired by the Nakd bar to have a healthy snack on hand!

Ingredients

  • 100g (about 5) pitted Medjool dates
  • 50g raw cashews
  • 30g raisins
  • 7g high-quality cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Begin by combining the dates, cashew nuts and raisins in your food processor. Process the ingredients until the nuts are roughly chopped.

Then add the cocoa powder. Process until your ingredients form a sticky ball of yumminess. Transfer the ball out onto cling film and using your hand press it flat and form it into a desired shape. I tried to form it into a square. Anything will work! Before cutting the energy bars let them sit in the fridge for 1-2 hours, or even freeze them for about 30 minutes. Cut them into 5 bars and individually wrap them for a healthy on-the-go snack. Instead of forming bars you could also shape them into small balls for quick bite-size energy balls!

Full of nuts and other healthy stuff. And if you know the Nakd bars I swear these chocolate fudge brownie energy bars taste exactly like their cocoa delight bars!

Edited to Add:

I made the energy bar recipe again but instead of forming bars I made bite-size balls. Worked just as well and tasted equally as delicious. Depending on the size of your mouth, the recipe makes about 10-12 bite size balls!

Another thing that I’ve been pretty obsessed about lately is Almond Butter. I’ve mentioned that it’s hard to find in Austria and cheaper to make it yourself…so that’s what I did. I roasted 200g of almonds for about 12 minutes and then processed them in the food processor and added a pinch of salt. I wasn’t sure how long I needed to process it for, so I stopped after about 7 minutes when the mixture was still rather crunchy but continued processing for another 4-5 minutes until I was left with smooth and creamy almond butter.

That’s it, 2 very simple food processor recipes!

Have a great day!

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22 Comments

  • Reply Clair April 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Yes! Larabars are amazing, but making them is way cheaper. =)

    I made my first batch of coconut butter recently and just saw a recipe for macadamia-cashew butter…how delicious does that sound?! You must have a killer processor to be able to make your own almond butter.

  • Reply Antonia April 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Yummy, coconut butter sounds delicious. I’ll have to make that very soon. I was actually really surprised that our food processor managed to make almond butter since it’s not a fancy machine. All you need is a little patience 🙂

  • Reply Ulli April 10, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    I do similar recipes, but i roll them in balls 😉

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  • Reply Healthiful Balance May 1, 2012 at 8:53 am

    I have a small food processor so I’ll have to try making these recipes! 🙂

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  • Reply SamB March 1, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Brilliant recipe for the nakd bars, these are delicious and really cheap to make… we add a scoop of protein powder to the mix as well!

    • Reply Antonia March 2, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      That’s a great idea! I’ll have to start doing that as well 🙂

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  • Reply Natalie September 28, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    🙂 OMG I have to try this!! what food processor do you have?

  • Reply Clare Edmonds January 15, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Thanks for the naked bars recipe. I added protein powder too, and found that rolling out was easy if I wet the top of the dough a little, and rolled it flat with a pastry roller.

    • Reply Antonia January 26, 2015 at 9:50 am

      Glad you liked the recipe Clare!

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  • Reply Sharon April 1, 2015 at 9:11 am

    This is so delicious! It satisfies my sweet tooth & super easy to make! Thanks so much for this recipe 🙂

  • Reply Jules May 2, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    I bought a food processor especially to make my own Nakd bars – and this is one of the recipes I tried. Absolutely gorgeous – really do taste like chocolate fudge. Doesn’t make a huge amount – 5 diddy bars – but they are quite rich so anyone except a hog like me would be satisfied with you. (just realised – I forgot the vanilla essence – but don’t think it matters.)

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  • Reply Anna September 2, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Thoughts on using sunflower seeds instead of the cashews? I want to send these to school but need them to be nut-free.

    • Reply Antonia September 2, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      I’ve never tried it with sunflower seeds before, but I assume it would definitely work. It might just be the case of finding the right amount to use. Hope you enjoy 🙂

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