Raw Cacao & Orange Energy Bar – No Added Sugars | GF

Every now and then I end up buying ready made energy bars. Usually, if I’m in a hurry, or just haven’t had time to prepare my own snacks while travelling. But every time I disappoint a little bit about the ingredients of the energy bars as they tend to contain, for example, canola oil (most canola is chemically extracted using a solvent called hexane, and heat is often applied which can affect the stability of the oil’s molecules, turn it rancid, destroy the omega-3s in it, and can even create trans fats. It’s also loaded with omega-6, which we consume too much anyway) or Agave syrup (even higher in fructose than corn syrup (HFCS)). On the other hand, the energy bars might contain sugary cereals or gluten-containing grains, which I’m not a big fan of.

Fortunately, if you make your own energy bars (or Paleo bars, however you want to call them) yourself, you know exactly what’s in them. They are super-fast to make, filled with healthy ingredients and you can flavour them in whatever way you feel like! There are no added sugars in this recipe, they are soy-fee, vegan and gluten-free. The main ingredients are nutritional powerhouses: nuts and seeds and healthy virgin coconut oil or cacao butter (super-antioxidant). The sweetness comes only naturally from dates. Along with the fibre, these energy bars keep the blood sugar more stable and hunger away.

Healing Foodie recommends ingredients:

Some health benefits of the ingredients:

Raw Cacao

Raw cacao is claimed to have a lot of heath benefits! For example, it can improve your memory, increase your bliss, reduce heart disease, shed fat, boost immunity, and boost your energy. It’s a super antioxidant.


Orange peel contains higher amounts of certain nutrients than its flesh and it provides tremendous health benefits. It’s not just the fruit that’s loaded with vitamin C, the peel is too. For instance, 3.5 ounces of orange peel provides 136 mg of vitamin C, while the flesh contains about 71 mg. Vitamin C is a fantastic immune system booster that can help fight the symptoms of cold and flu. Orange peel also contains considerable amounts of calcium, copper, magnesium, vitamin A, folate and other B vitamins and dietary fibre.


Dates can improve digestive health and treat and prevent anaemia. It’s helpful for bone, blood and immune system health, energy boost and heart health.

Nuts and Seeds

Nut and seeds have essential fatty acids and are high in protein, they are also chock-full of antioxidants and high in fibre which helps boost your metabolism.

Raw Cacao & Orange Energy Bar – No Added Sugars | GF
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  • 1 dl=0.4c Almonds
  • 1 dl=0.4c Sunflower seeds
  • 2 dl=0.8c Cashew nuts
  • 200g Dates, organic (soaked for at leas 30 minutes)
  • 30g Cacao butter (or virgin coconut oil)
  • 1 dl=0.4c Cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon Orange peel, organic
  • 1 tablespoon Orange juice, fresh
  • pinch of Himalayan salt (optional)


  1. Place the cacao butter in a small, heat-safe cup or bowl. Then place the cup or bowl in a shallow pan containing a small amount of hot (nearly boiling) water and wait until the cacao butter is melted.
  2. Chop the nuts and seeds in a food processor as smooth as possible. Then add the cacao powder and grated orange peel.
  3. If you have a quality food processor, you can add the soaked dates (not the soaking water) and the melted cacao butter at once and mix. I usually mix the dry ingredients and dates separately and then mix it all together with a spoon or hand adding in the rest of the ingredients. (All this can all be done even without an appliance but then you need a traditional mortar to crush the seeds and nuts.)
  4. Press the mixture into a square container and spread it evenly by using a spoon. I choose a container where I get about 1.5cm (0.6in) thick layer.
  5. Store in the fridge or in the freezer for later use. Cut into bars when solidified.

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