Raw Goji Berry and Cacao Bars




By Jordan Miller;

Raw Food has been part of our life for well over 3 years now. It is something that has helped us along our journey into better health. The idea of eating "raw" food is becoming increasingly popular worldwide, as many people begin to discover its healing and energizing properties. Raw food is simply eating foods that have not been cooked or processed. Essentially, they provide the body with bio-available nutrients to assist in healing and to invigorate our mind, body and soul. If you haven't tried this diet, we highly recommended it. For all those raw foodies out there we are happy to provide you with a delicious raw snack (courtesy of Susan Powers) that is bound to get your taste-buds activated. Need a morning boost or an afternoon pick me up? These bars are the perfect addition to any diet. These are tasty treats made with super healthy ingredients which not only help quell your hunger, but provide your body with high nutrient energy to keep you going. Let us know what you think. ~ with love.

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Energy Bar Recipe

1.The Base

Ingredients:

1 C Almonds (soaked)
1 C Pumpkin Seeds (soaked)
1 C Flax Seeds (soaked in 1 1/2 C water)
1/3 C Honey (or preferred "raw" sweetener)
1 T Cinnamon
1/2 C Goji Berries
1/2 C Cacao Nibs

Directions:

1. Soak almonds, pumpkin seeds and flax seeds for at least 6 hours. Drain almonds and pumpkin seeds.
2. Place almonds and pumpkin seeds in food processor. Process until well ground but still chunky.
3. Add Honey and cinnamon, pulse until well combined.
4. Remove from food processor and place large bowl. Add flax seeds, cacao nibs and goji berries, stir.
5. Press into a rectangle on non-stick dehydrator sheet. You want these to be 1/2″ thick.
6. Dehydrate at 145 for 45 minutes. Reduce heat to 115 and dehydrate for 3 more hours.
7. Peel off dehydrator sheet, dehydrate for 2 more hours. At this point, you will remove them from the dehydrator, cut into bars, separate so there is a little space in between each bar and return to dehydrator for 2-3 more hours. You want them dry but not brittle. They should be a little soft.
8. Top with raw chocolate.


2.Raw Chocolate Topping

Ingredients:

1 C Raw Cacao Butter
1 t. Vanilla
3 T Coconut Oil
2 T Honey
7 oz. Cacao Powder

Directions:
 
1. Melt cacao butter and coconut oil in dehydrator or over hot water.
2. In food processor, combine melted cacao butter, coconut oil and vanilla.
3. Remove 1/2 mixture and set aside.
4. Add 1/2 cacao powder and combine.
5. Add Honey and combine.
6. Add coconut butter that was set aside and combine.
7. Add remaining cacao powder, mix well. It should be quite liquid at this point. It will harden as it cools.

Yields two dozen, 1″ x 3 bars


Your question: What other things do you eat goji berries or raw cacao with? (post your comments below)
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About the Author : Jordan Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com. He has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Jordan is currently learning about traditional North American medicinal herbs, in hopes of becoming a Certified Herbalist.

2 comments:

  1. Can these be dehydrated in the oven rather than dehydrater?
    Thanks, sharon

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  2. Most certainly. Please ensure that it is at the lowest possible setting. The only thing is that the final product will not be considered "raw" since the heat form an oven is slightly higher than that of a dehydrator. As such,you are bound to lose more of the active enzymes present in the food before heating. Dehydrating allows the food to be slowly dried through heat upwards to 115 degrees Fahrenheit.Anything over this temperature will alter the integrity of the food.

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