Energetic Bars

Energetic bars delight with a splattering of melted chocolate and blended raspberries worthy of Jackson Pollock. Who knew abstract expressionism could be revived in the kitchen? 

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Energy Bars: 

  • 3/4 cup organic almonds
  • 1/4 cup organic pecans
  • 1 cup organic cashews 
  • Pink Himalayan or Celtic sea salt (optional) 
  • 1 cup organic unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup organic dry-roasted almond butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons organic maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons filtered water (more for optional soaking technique) 
  • Dehydrator (optional) 

Splatter: 

  • 2 tablespoons organic 100% raw cacao powder 
  • Drizzle of organic unrefined coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup organic frozen raspberries

Instructions:

[Optional technique to ease digestion]: Place the almonds, pecans, and cashews in a large bowl and cover completely with filtered water. Add a dash of salt and let sit overnight, or for 12 hours. Drain and rinse the nuts. Place the nuts in a dehydrator and heat gently at 105 degrees for an additional 12 hours, or until the nuts are completely dry. 

Alternatively, roast the nuts at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly toasted. 

Mix together the shredded coconut, prepared nuts, and almond butter in a food processor. Add the maple syrup and 3 tablespoons of filtered water and pulse until fully combined. 

Line a standard bread pan with parchment paper. Pour the mixture into the bread pan and flatten evenly across the surface. Refrigerate for an hour, and then cut into uniform slices.

In a small bowl, combine the raw cacao and a drizzle of coconut oil to achieve a thick chocolate consistency. Place the frozen raspberries in a small bowl and heat in the microwave for 20-30 seconds to reduce. 

Arrange the uniform bars across a work surface and use a knife to splatter the cacao-coconut oil mixture and melted raspberries across the top. 

Store in the refrigerator or freezer.