Chocolate Cherry Goji Bars from Superfood Snacks

July 17, 2015

Chocolate Cherry Goji Bars from Superfood Snacks by Julie Morris | Fake Food Free

There is a good chance that just opening this book will make you healthier. I know it’s a pretty bold claim, but I’m certain it’s true. 

I received a review copy of Superfood Snacks: 100 Delicious, Energizing & Nutrient-Dense Recipes by Julie Morris a few weeks ago and it has been sitting on my desk glowing with health and vibrance ever since. I gladly accepted the offer from Navitas Naturals to review the book. They even sent along some goji berries and cacao nibs so I could make this recipe. But I wasn’t sure what to expect until I finally go the copy. 

It turns out, I’m kind of crazy about it. 

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You can’t flip through the pages without being motivated to make some seriously healthy savory and sweet snacks. My fondness for it starts at the beginning. Instead of using buzz words like grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and all that jazz, the recipes are classified by bone strength, heart health, immunity and protein. I really like this approach because it’s how I think about food.

What it does for me, not what it is without. 

Some of the recipes I can’t wait to try are the Green Crackers with miso paste, coconut flour and spinach, the Dark Chocolate Orange Truffles made with dates and coconut sugar, and the Peanut Butter Ginger Candy Chews with lucuma powder. There is even a dog treat recipe so that no one in the family will feel left out.

But first…these bars. I really haven’t used goji berries or cacao nibs before. Mainly because I hadn’t been inspired to do so, but these bars were all the inspiration I needed. 

The balance of the dates with the bitter cacao and the tart cherries is downright perfect. They will definitely be on the snack list for our next hike. I’m confident this won’t be the only recipe from this book fueling our workouts in the future. 

Chocolate Cherry Goji Bars from Superfood Snacks by Julie Morris | Fake Food Free

Chocolate Cherry Goji Bars
Serves 8
From the book: Cherries and goji berries are soulmates in the dried-fruit world—I often make trail mixes that pair these two red beauties. Here, they’re friends again in these wholesome, cacao-nib-accented raw bars. Packed with all kinds of antioxidants, these bars appear to be “only” sweet treats, while undercover they are anti-aging workhorses.
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Ingredients
  1. ½ cups raw walnuts
  2. ¾ cup raw almonds
  3. ¼ cup Medjool dates, pitted
  4. ½ cup dried goji berries
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  7. 1 cup dried cherries
  8. 2 tablespoons raw cacao nibs
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, combine the walnuts and the almonds, and process the nuts into the size of small gravel. Add the dates, goji berries, vanilla extract, and cinnamon powder, and process until the mixture forms clumps and begins to stick together. Add the cherries and cacao nibs and process briefly to incorporate the ingredients, but leave some small chunks for texture. Place the dough on a large sheet of plastic wrap on a cutting board. Press the dough into a compact rectangle, then wrap it tightly in the plastic, compacting it even more. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a ½ -inch-thick layer. Unwrap the dough and cut it into bars or bites as desired. Energy bars will last several weeks unrefrigerated and covered, or keep them in the freezer for long-term storage.
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  • suki July 17, 2015 at 10:41 am

    While I am not a fan of bars, I would try these. 🙂 Goji berries are good for so many reasons, and I haven’t found ways that I’ll use ’em consistently yet… This MIGHT be worth a try.

    • Lori July 17, 2015 at 11:07 am

      I really liked them in the bars! Although, they are great in trail mixes, too.