Hi there! Happy Friday! Nothing beats celebrating a Friday with coffee and chocolate, eh?
Sometimes the best creations come about with experimentation. These Mocha Snack bars may look very similar to the brownie bars, but don’t be fooled! These are for the coffee-lovers. If you’re not a coffee-lover, then you soon may be. A delicious mix of coffee and chocolate is super satisfying and has no yucky preservatives or weird artificial colors.
Super quick and super easy to make, these bars will be fabulous for on the go.
Made with nourishing dates, almonds, pecans, fine espresso, cocoa, chocolate chips, these bars are simply delicious!
I would usually make it with cacao powder (for it retains more nutrients than cocoa powder) but alas, I have run out ): . So coco powder will do just fine for now.
*To make vegan: use dairy-free chocolate
*These do contain caffeine if using caffeinated coffee.
So let’s just get to the recipe ! 🙂
Mocha Lovers Snack Bar
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 1 cup dates
- 1 cup water
- 3/4 cup raw almonds
- 1/4 cup raw pecans (can substitute for walnuts)
- 2 tbsp Illy espresso powder
- 1 tbsp coco powder (or cacao)
- 1 pinch of ground vanilla
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
For chocolate topping
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- 1 heaping tbsp coconut oil
For the Mocha Lovers Snack Bar: Coat snack bar tray with coconut oil. If you do not have a snack bar tray, you can use a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Soak dates in water for about 5-10 minutes. While soaking, grind almonds and pecans in blender until fine. Pat dry the dates and grind in blender with almonds and pecans. You may have to use a rubber spatula to scrap sides. Until just about mixed, add the espresso powder, coco powder, and vanilla. Grind and manually mix until fully incorporated. Manually mix in chocolate chips
For the chocolate topping: Warm coconut oil and chocolate chips over low-medium heat in a saucepan. Stir constantly to avoid burning. Once melted, carefully drizzle over snack bars.
Put snack bars in freezer to set.
*Note: the chocolate covering is great to use on anything chocolate covered. It even makes a great “magic shell” for ice cream!