Zesty Orange Chocolate Energy Bars


SImon Pask


  • 1 cup cashews or almonds
  • 3/4 cup pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
  • Shredded coconut or additional orange zest, for dusting


1. Process cashews in a food processor until crumbly. Add dates, cacao powder, salt and vanilla; process again. Pulse in range zest, then cacao nibs.

2. With slightly wet hands, roll mixture into 1-inch balls. If mixture is too sticky to handle, freeze until firm enough to roll, 15 to 20 minutes.

3. Dust each truffle with coconut or orange zest; place on a baking sheet. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 1 month. 

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  • Yield: 20 (1-inch) balls

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 82
Fat per serving: 5g
Saturated fat per serving: 2g
Cholesterol per serving: 0mg
Fiber per serving: 2g
Protein per serving: 2g
Carbohydrates per serving: 8g
Sodium per serving: 11mg
Iron per serving: 1mg
Calcium per serving: 6mg

Good to Know

Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and/or a pinch of chili powder to give these snacks a touch of heat.
From Whole Food Energy by Elise Museles. Copyright © 2016 by Quantum Books.