These No Bake Dark Brownie Energy bars are the answer especially when you need to refuel on the run. They are loaded with nuts, seeds, dried fruit and topped with dark chocolate and sea salt. They are soooo good!
For the Bars:
1 cup packed pitted Medjool dates.
¼ cup raw walnuts
¼ cup raw pecans halves
½ cup shelled pistachios, divided.
¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tablespoon chia seeds
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (or cacao powder)
1 tablespoon melted virgin coconut oil.
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ cup goji berries (or dried cherries)
1 tablespoon warm water, if necessary
For the topping
1.5 ounces 85% dark chocolate (vegan, if desired)
1 tablespoon shelled pistachios
1 tablespoon goji berries
1 tablespoon chopped pecans
Maldon sea salt, for sprinkling on top.
Add dates, walnuts, pecans, only ¼ cup of pistachios to the bowl of a food processor. Process until chunky.
Next add in unsweetened shredded coconut, chia seeds, cocoa powder, coconut oil and vanilla extract. Process again until mixture is chunky and slightly clumping. If mixture is dry, add 1-2 tablespoons of warm water.
Next add in remaining ¼ cup pistachios and goji berries and pulse again a few times until pistachios are slightly chunky. Add mixture into an 8×4 inch loaf pan lined with parchment paper, pressing evenly towards the sides of the pan.
Add dark chocolate to a small saucepan and place over low heat until melted. You can also microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until chocolate is fully melted and smooth.
Pour over the bars, tilting pan so that the chocolate covers the bars evenly. Garnish the bars with 1 tablespoon of the following: pistachios, goji berries and crushed pecans.
Place bars in the freezer for 30 minutes-1 hours to harden. Once ready to serve, sprinkle with Maldon sea salt then cut into 8 squares. Store safely covered in the freezer for up to 1 month.