Friday, February 11, 2011

Real Food Chocolate Power Bars with Three Ingredients

It's been hard to miss all the power bar recipes floating around modeled after Elana Amsterdam's recipe published a couple of years ago.   I've been intrigued with the idea myself, after spending much of my 20's snacking on the processed type of power bar to get me through the day at work.  Had I read the ingredient label (this was way before I had any clue how much food matters), I would have found 24 ingredients, including a fair amount of dairy and soy.

This is my version of the power bar, in ball form.  It's chewy, with just the right amount of sweetness.  And, surprisingly, it does taste a lot like the chocolate power bar I used to eat.  My taste testers gave it a thumbs up, rating it even higher than my chocolate peanut butter truffles.   Since it only contains three ingredients, the quality of those is crucial.  The cashews and dates should be fresh (nuts can go rancid after a period of time if not refrigerated or frozen).  My favorite raw cacao powder is made by Holy Kakow.


1 cup raw cashews
1 cup fresh medjool dates, pits removed
3 tbsp raw cacao powder


Process cashews in a food processor into a fine meal, about 30 to 60 seconds.  Add cacao powder and process until mixed.  Add dates and process until dates are finely chopped.  Form into walnut size balls with your hand, or using a melon baller.  Refrigerate until ready to eat.  Makes about 12.  Source:

A Report on Fluoride and Your Health

On an unrelated note, there is a move to end fluoridation of public water supplies in the United States.  I, personally, use a reverse osmosis water filter to remove the fluoride from our water at the advice of our doctor.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is already lowering the acceptable amount of fluoride allowed due to an epidemic of dental fluorosis among American teens.   For more information and to have your voice heard, visit Dr. Mercola's site, and/or contact your local government officials.

This post is linked to Monday Mania, Tasty Tuesday, Slightly Indulgent TuesdayReal Food Wednesday, Food on FridaysFight Back Friday and Seasonal Sundays.


  1. What a great site you have created. I have added your link to my site.

  2. I love this recipe! I am excited to try it as I have all these ingredients currently on hand. Thank you for sharing at Monday Mania this week! This would be a great treat for my kids when they get home from school tomorrow instead of all the candy they will surely get for Valentine's Day from friends. :)

  3. Thank you Sarah! I'm thrilled that you like it!

  4. My husband lives on energy bars. I really need to try your recipe and make my own.

  5. Hi! I came over from Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays. These look wonderful! I love that they are naturally sweet.

  6. I need to make these!! The problem will be limiting myself to just one : )

  7. I made something similar with walnuts and coconut instead of cashews and cocoa powder. These do look super delicious! How sticky were they?

    I think they're removing the fluoride they add to the water in the city I live in - I think it's a good idea as the fewer numbers of chemicals in the water I drink, the better! Besides, I don't know if putting fluoride in your water improves dental hygiene - when it comes to your teeth, nothing is a substitute of actually taking care of them!

  8. Bean, no they weren't sticky at all. Very easy to roll together. I agree on fluoride, and think the focus should be on good nutrition at an early age. Love the Decor, Lisa and Condo Blues - thank you for the kindness!

  9. Wow. Amazing. Tastes like good quality dark chocolate. The only problem is keeping my paws off it. I used a less dates than called for because I just ran out (3/4 cup rather than 1 cup) but it still sticks together well; just need to be more careful about even pressure when forming the balls.

  10. Thanks! They are addictive, aren't they?


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