Raw Chocolate Goji Berry Energy Bar

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After spending most of the day making that quinoa sushi, I was like, “MAN I NEED A SNACK, a BAR of some kind”, so I went looking for ideas.

I just remembered that I had bought a packet of goji berries from the health food store last week and haven’t used it, so this was the chance. Goji berries are like one of the tonics of longevity and I REALLY love the organic packet I got, so much brighter and redder than the usual ones I get at the Asian supermarket.

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This is really nice and soft, great for my still semi-sore teeth because when you blend it all up, it’s like super soft!

The main idea of this bar, is to have a bit of everything, and limit the amount of added sweetener, and I found that one date was enough to make it really sweet along with the goji berries.

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It’s funny I learned something new today. My blender usually hates small amounts of stuff, like if I put in 1/4 cup of cashew and try to blend it, it just wouldn’t work, like it would come out in clumps because there aren’t enough. What I realised was, if you have ONE cup of solid contents like nuts and other ingredients (especially liquid), then it will work.

It’s different when you want it chunky in bars, as you don’t need everything to be smooth. So it really doesn’t matter how much/little you add. That’s why I always make such a small amount, because sharing this with another person (having half of it) is what I believe to be the best amount to have each day.

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Raw Chocolate Goji Berry Energy Bar

1/4 cup instant old fashioned oats, ground into a flour
1/4 cup goji berries
1/4 cup pecans
1 tablespoon cashews
1 tablespoon lucuma
1 tablespoon cacao nibs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 pitted date
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk

Topping
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon cacao powder
1/4 teaspoon pure maple syrup

Add 1/4 cup of instant old fashioned (or quick) oats in a high speed blender and blend until the oats form a flour. Add the goji berries, pecans, cashews, lucuma, cacao nibs, vanilla extract, date, olive oil and almond milk. Pulse and blend until the mixture is small and sticky.

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Spoon it out onto a bowl and knead with your hands for about a minute until all the small pieces form one large clump. Transfer it on a flat surface (I used a plate) and form the shape of a long rectangle. Flip it around so the other side can be flattened by the surface.

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Use a knife and cut off the top and bottom ends, then cut the bar in half. Put it in the freezer for the moment while you prepare the topping.

Combine a teaspoon of coconut oil with 1/4 teaspoon of cacao powder and maple syrup in a very small bowl and mix it up.

Take the bars back from the freezer and drizzle this mixture on top of the bars evenly, then put it back into the freezer for 20 minutes.

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Raw Chocolate Goji Berry Energy Bar
Serves: 2
 

Ingredients
  • ¼ cup instant old fashioned oats, ground into a flour
  • ¼ cup goji berries
  • ¼ cup pecans
  • 1 tablespoon cashews
  • 1 tablespoon lucuma
  • 1 tablespoon cacao nibs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pitted date
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk
Topping
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • ¼ teaspoon cacao powder
  • ¼ teaspoon pure maple syrup

Instructions
  1. Add ¼ cup of instant old fashioned (or quick) oats in a high speed blender and blend until the oats form a flour. Add the goji berries, pecans, cashews, lucuma, cacao nibs, vanilla extract, date, olive oil and almond milk. Pulse and blend until the mixture is small and sticky.
  2. Spoon it out onto a bowl and knead with your hands for about a minute until all the small pieces form one large clump. Transfer it on a flat surface (I used a plate) and form the shape of a long rectangle. Flip it around so the other side can be flattened by the surface.
  3. Use a knife and cut off the top and bottom ends, then cut the bar in half. Put it in the freezer for the moment while you prepare the topping.
  4. Combine a teaspoon of coconut oil with ¼ teaspoon of cacao powder and maple syrup in a very small bowl and mix it up.
  5. Take the bars back from the freezer and drizzle this mixture on top of the bars evenly, then put it back into the freezer for 20 minutes.

 

11 comments

  1. Laloofah

    These are so pretty! And they look divine. Dark chocolate covered goji berries are my favorite snack (when I can find them!) Bet I’ll love these!

    I think you’re missing a word in your first ingredient – should that be instant old-fashioned OATS, ground into a flour? Do you think regular thick-cut rolled oats would work?

    • Susanna

      OOPS haha, that’s a great point there, let me go and edit it now because you’re so right, I don’t think steel cut oats would work :D
      But I haven’t really tried the thick-cut rolled, I’m pretty sure as long as they’re flat, they should work.

      • Laloofah

        I reckon since you’re grinding them into a flour it would be okay – just wasn’t sure since this is a raw recipe if it would alter the texture. But I’ll try it (since those are the oats we always have on hand) and see!

  2. Vernante

    Hei, I’m Italian and I found this blog searching for vegan recipes on tumblr: l spent two hours on it, trying to choose a dessert to prepare a snack, but I couldn’t choose because they are all amazing. I finally took a decision and tried to make goji bars. I’m eating them and I’m crying: paradise. Good job. Kisses from Italy

  3. Camila

    Can the almond milk be substituted for normal milk? I dont really like the taste of almond milk yet i love almonds :-/

    • Susanna

      Yes, I’m sure that would work, or coconut milk, rice milk, anything would be great. It would even work if you left it out, or replace with some kind of juice :D

  4. Michelle Brooks

    Hi! COuld you please tell me what lucuma is? I googled it & found both a fruit & a powder. I am doubtful I’ll find either where I live (small town). Is there a substitute I can use? Thanks!

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