After purchasing a giant tub of hazelnut butter – because I LOVE it. I’ve become quite creative in its use. I add it to my overnight oats, protein shakes, berry smoothies, cookies – and anything else I can think of! But this recipe is a simple favourite. It’s one that my children keep asking for time and time again. It’s kind of Ferrero Rocher-y in taste, only raw, vegan and minus the sugars. My energy bar is also SuperVegan – using only 6 ingredients and can be rustled up in 10 minutes.

 

This SuperVegan energy bar is recipe is:

  • Rich and very chocolatey
  • Packed with antioxidants
  • Free-from refined sugars
  • Can be frozen
  • Perfect for the little ones in your life.

 

How to make your own raw hazelnut energy bars (with suggested variations).

What you need

  • 1 and 1/4 cups medjool dates pitted
  • 1 and 1/2 cups raw hazelnuts
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup hazelnut butter
  • 5 Tbsp raw cacao powder

 

What to do

Add all ingredients to a food processor. Making sure you stop regularly to scrape down the sides and prevent overheating. Once you have achieved a consistency you are happy with – scoop the mixture out into a lined tray and refrigerate until firm. Cut into rectangles and store in the fridge or freezer. They will last for about a week in an airtight container in the fridge (if you can resist that long!).

 

Variations

  • Try switching the raw hazelnuts to cashew nuts for a creamier taste and texture.
  • To add additional nutritional value to your energy bars, soak the raw nuts of choice overnight, wash and allow to dry either naturally or in a dehydrator.
  • Any nut butter would work here, but my personal favourites are hazelnut and almond butter.
  • The bars can be topped with chopped nuts, desiccated coconut or cacao nibs for additional taste and texture.

 

I would love to know how you get on so please do let me know and send me some pictures!