Thursday, September 8, 2011

Jungle Bars & Day 8 of Cleansing Food

Yesterday marked one full week of eating raw and of course I feel great.  My daily diet has been mostly smoothies, juice, and salads with some raw crackers, dips, and whole fruit for snacks.  It was already a delicious experience, then I made Jungle Bars.  They're full of cacao and coconut and raw vegan energy.  Yum! 

Jungle Bars

1 cup medjool dates
1 cup raisins
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup cacao powder
pinch of salt

Blend in a food processor until fully combined and mixture starts sticking together.

Add 1/2 cup walnuts

Pulse until nuts break into small chunks.  Press the mixture into a 7 inch springform pan.

In a mixing bowl combine:

1 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup agave or maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon melted cacao butter
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 teaspoon salt

Spread this mixture on top of cacao mixture.  Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of cacao nibs on top and lightly press into coconut.

Chill in refrigerator for an hour.  Remove the top of the springform pan and cut into 1 inch squares.

Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container.  Share with friends.  Take 'em to go, they like to travel:

These have really come in handy when I was craving chocolate or sweets.  They're rich so one square does the trick, even with my mega sweet tooth.  Enjoy!


  1. I could go for some of those. I like the cute little pic at the bottom of the post. Is that portion control?

  2. Haha, yes, and I just like my food to look cute when I take it out at work.

  3. Wow, those look so good! I want! ;)

  4. no bananas in your jungle bars?

  5. They sound awesome! I find eating raw meals pretty easy (like you say - smoothies, salads, raw pasta) but the snacks always throw me off. If I had something like this to snag, it'd be great!

  6. I know! I'm such a banana freak.... maybe next time... like little chunks of partially dehydrated banana would be awesome :)

  7. I think I ate 4 today. They're kind of addicting.

  8. Keeping snacks on hand really saves me. I try to keep something sweet and something salty so I can deal with any craving that sneaks up on me.

  9. I used to, too, although I no longer work outside the house. I'm now a domestic goddess :-)

  10. Nikki I am drooling. This looks like the perfect thing to take to make, eat and share with friends as well

  11. um, okay, i want these now. i shouldn't be reading food blogs at lunch time. :)

  12. These sound delicious! Totally bookmarked, I can't wait to try them!

  13. These look delicious!!