You only need 4 ingredients and 5 minutes for these healthy No-Bake Mocha Almond Fudge Energy Bars! Believe it or not, the rich, chocolatey treats are gluten-free, dairy-free, and grain-free…making them a clean eating snack to grab-and-go for instant fuel when you need it most!
As my regular readers know, I stay pretty busy — whether it’s an early morning workout, a hike with the boys, or running errands around town…I rarely sit down to catch my breath! That’s why I rely on healthy snacks that I can quickly prepare and keep stashed in my refrigerator or purse for FAST FOOD when I need it most! These nutritious nibbles give me the energy to get through a tough session at the gym or that afternoon lull when I feel myself dragging…
I love the ease of an energy bar that I can just stick in my bag in case of emergencies. Have you tried those store-bought bars that are made with just nuts and dried fruit? The short ingredient list is great, but the price tag is NOT. I don’t want to have to spend a bunch of money on something that I can easily whip up in my own kitchen in about 5 minutes. Seriously!
Plus, when I make my own bars, I can flavor them however I like! That’s why I crammed some of my favorite things into one delicious little package here — coffee, chocolate, and almonds! Salty-sweet-moist-chewy and oh-so-good! Thanks to simple, wholesome ingredients, these bars that taste like dessert are actually REALLY good for me! I use dates, cocoa powder, instant coffee, and (of course) my favorite Blue Diamond Almonds.
They’re the perfect combination of healthy fats, protein, and carbs for a well-balanced snack or breakfast that I can prep in advance…without turning on the oven!
I’m not the only one who thinks that these Whole Natural Blue Diamond Almonds are an ideal fuel for intense exercise! In fact, Blue Diamond Almonds is an official sponsor of USA Swimming, so the nuts are powering plenty of great athletes on their “Lane to Greatness!”
Whether you’re an athlete, a student, or a busy mom like me, these No-Bake Mocha Almond Fudge Energy Bars are the perfect way to get you going in the morning and to fight those afternoon sleepies! It doesn’t hurt that they taste delicious, too — making them a great alternative to a higher-calorie candy bar or dessert.
A batch of these bars will keep nicely in an airtight container in the refrigerator for at least a week (if they don’t disappear before then)! Enjoy!!
No-Bake Mocha Almond Fudge Energy Bars
- 2 ½ cups (410 grams) pitted dates
- ¾ cup Whole Natural Blue Diamond Almonds**
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 packet (1 teaspoon) instant coffee granules
- Optional: ¼ teaspoon salt
- Optional: 2 teaspoons miniature dark chocolate chips for topping
- Line a small square dish (about 7x7 or 8x8) with parchment paper.
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until completely combined and a sticky dough forms.
- Remove from food processor and spread evenly in prepared pan. Press firmly into pan. If desired, sprinkle with chocolate chips and press lightly into the bars.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before slicing into squares.
**If you like more of a salty-sweet bar, you can also use Blue Diamond Salted Almonds. I have used both types of almonds and they work equally well, depending on your taste preference!
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