Cacao Nib Energy Chunks

>> Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I love energy chunks. What can I say? They're quick to prepare. They're easy on the stomach. They're healthy. And this one, in particular, is raw. Well, I *think* it's raw. But those of you who eat a raw diet can tell me the answer to this question, and then we'll know for sure: Is agave syrup raw? If so, then, yes. They're raw. If not, it's back to the drawing board.

Anyway, the best thing about energy chunks is that you can pretty much go wild with your ingredients. I recently purchased some cacao at a local health foods store. My friends have suggested some tasty uses for the little nibs . . . but for my first try, I thought I'd go with substituting them for chocolate chips.

What exactly is a cacao nib? According to Nativas Naturals, the company who produces what you see above, it's "a sweet, all natural chocolate product is reminiscent of a chocolate-coated coffee bean" and has "soaring levels of antioxidants, as well as trace minerals like magnesium and iron."

At first, the nibs taste a little . . . well . . . not like chocolate. But when you put them in things -- like this energy chunk -- you seriously get some amazing chocolate flavor. Give 'em a chance. It's chocolate with all the nutrition nature intended!

What you'll need . . .
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar (or I think maple syrup would be delish!)
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

Method . . .
  1. Put all ingredients in a food processor and blend. I suggest blending all but the cacao nibs. Then add them in a pulse a few times.
  2. Adjust the wet ingredient level (the agave) depending on your desired consistency.
  3. Use a tablespoon to scoop out heaping amounts and place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
  4. Refrigerate for a couple hours until firm.

And if you like this recipe, you'll be sure to enjoy these other energy-packed treats!
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