Raw Cacao Baobab Energy Bars with Moringa

Raw Cacao Baobab Energy Bars with Moringa

Combining two African superfoods – Baobab and Moringa – these bars are great to take on a hike or to just keep at the desk.

Ingredients

For the base:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups of raw soaked nuts: We used cashews, pecans and almonds are great too!
  • 1 cup or less of pitted dates
  • 1 cup or less dried, unsweetened cherries (or dried dehydrated fruit of choice)
  • 2 tbsp raw, shelled hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp of Moringa powder
  • 2 tbsp of Baobab Powder

For the cacao topping:

  • 1/2 cup cacao nibs
  • 2 tbsp finely ground coffee
  • 1 and a half tbsp of raw coconut butter
  • 1/2 tbsp or raw honey

*for extra creaminess, add more coconut butter and/or honey. Alternatives: handful of cashews or half an avocado

After soaking the nuts, add them to the food processor and grind until they’ve been finely ground. Add in the dates, then cherries, baobab and moringa powder and blend until the consistency is smooth and sticky. Add in the hemp seeds with only a few pulses (they don’t need to be too deeply ground). Take your base and press into whatever dish you’re using: shallow pie pan, cupcake molds, or even just a plate.

Add all topping ingredients to the food processor. Continue to pulse until the nibs are at a desired consistency. For a much smoother, creamier topping, add more coconut butter (or listed alternatives) until it’s the density of a smoothie. For a crunchier bite, let up on a pulsing so that the nibs are aren’t completely ground. Add more honey or a few dates if you don’t find it sweet enough. However, because the base is so sweet try to leave the topping less so. Pour, or spread, atop your base. Freeze for a hour or refrigerate for longer. The bars should last for about a week!

Baobab is a superfruit that has great things, like antioxidants,dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. The fruit – a big, coconut looking thing – comes from Africa’s picturesque baobab tree, known as the “Tree of Life.

One serving (about 2 tablespoons) contains 24% of your daily recommended dietary fiber and 25% of the daily recommended Vitamin C. And if that wasn’t enough, the fiber in the Baobab fruit pulp acts as a prebiotic – helping your gut grow its good bacteria so that you can better absorb nutrients. And it’s extremely alkaline with a PRAL value of -52. Its tangy and slightly sweet taste works well in smoothies, tomato sauce, desserts, and many other foods.

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