Cashew, Almond & Cocoa Raw Energy Bar


My friend Ash couldn’t stop gushing about raw food after she came back from the 2 weeks Inner Dance Raw Food Retreat in Philippines. She was so radiant and full of energy. When food is eaten raw, our body will also absorb the life force of the food at its raw state and hence giving us more energy. I look forward to Ash bringing the Raw Food workshop to KL in August.

Her high enthusiasm has definitely rubbed off on me, causing me to start increasing my daily raw food intake. For snacking, I love Raw Energy Bars in between meals, or pre or post workout. I’ve tried a few flavours and recipes before, like this Walnut Cookie flavour but this Cashew, Almond and Cocoa flavour is my new favourite. Dates are now aplenty with the festive Ramadhan approaching and I love stock them up as a sweetener and binder in other recipes.

My birthday gift Kenwood food processor comes in handy for this recipe. It’s very easy with this kick-ass food processor, using raw ingredients of dates, cashew, almond and cacao powder. Dates give you energy without the fat or cholesterol because it has natural sugar that can be easily burned body to provide energy. Raw Cacao Powder can be found at organic health stores, or you can also use unsweetened cocoa powder instead. If you have a small food processor or spice grinder, follow the instructions of the Walnut Cookie Larabar recipe.

I was amazed when I first tried this combination, and I’m sure you will be too. The nutty cashew gives a good balance to the sweetness of the dates, and combination with cocoa completes the flavour.

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Raw Energy Bar - Cashew, Almond & Cacao
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Nutty Raw Energy Bar for snacking in between meals, or pre or post workout.
Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 16 squares
  • 300g moist Dates - pitted and roughly chopped
  • 250g Raw Cashew Nuts
  • 100g Raw Almond
  • 2-3 tablespoon Raw Cacao Powder (or Cocoa Powder)
  • A Pinch Of Sea Salt
  • 2-3 tablespoon Cold Water
  1. Line 8"x4" container or tray with aluminium foil or cling wrap.
  2. Pulse chopped dates, cashews, almonds, cacao powder, and sea salt in a food processor and process until the texture is coarse.
  3. Then add a little water at a time until it reaches a dry but moist dough consistency.
  4. Scrape the dough mixture into the lined pan, press evenly with a rubber spatula.
  5. Chill for at least an hour and cut into 1" squares. Keep the bars chilled in an airtight container.

If you have a small food processor or spice grinder, grind the nuts first and place them in a large bowl. Then process the dates & cacao powder until become a paste. Add date paste to the nuts and use your hand to mix until well combined.



  1. Fantastic, delicious, simple! I’m usually not a health fan but I saw this recipe and it looked pretty simple so I made it and guess what? MY WHOLE FAMILY LOVES IT! It’s healthy, sugar-free and cheap! Must try

  2. Awesome energy bar, Shannon. I would like to know how much calories does it contain?

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  4. I love your website. I make a batch of these bars once a week and everyone in my family loves them. They are a great snack for my 2 1/2 year old. Even my brother who is not a health fanatic loves them. I have recommended your site to patients, friends and family members. Keep up the great work .

    • I forgot to mention that I use a combination of nuts and seeds. I have used macadamia nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds and hemp hearts. I make sure the combination totals 350 g. I also add a dash of cinnamon. It is a very adaptable recipe. Pure yumminess

      • Hi Ibby, glad you have convert family members to healthy natural food 🙂 this is indeed an adaptable recipe. We dont have hemp hearts here, have heard about it.
        Thanks for sharing my site, it makes my day to know my little blog has made some changes in other’s life. hope my blog will inspire you to inspire others too. Have a great yummy day!

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  6. I just wanted to let you know that I am making this recipy on a regular basis. I cut them into small squares for a quick pre-workout burst of energy. My husband loves them. I toast the almonds for 8-10 minutes at 400 F which gives a nice taste to the bars. Thanks!

  7. How many days can they last ? I’m looking at making one big lot and taken as snacks in the office. Can they be kept in air tight tupperware to last?

    • I made a big batch a few weeks ago, and I got bored with snacking on them. Managed to keep them for 3 weeks chilled in airtight container, then gave the balance to friends which they finish on the spot 🙂

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  9. I make a very similar bar but add some dried cranberries and sunflower seeds as well. They make great morning teas at work and you know what’s in them.
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  10. This looks a great simple recipe – so much better than paying a fortune for the packaged version. I will be making these tomorrow for my cancer nutrition workshop! Glad to have found you.

    • Kellie, thanks for dropping by and I’m honoured that you are making this simple recipe in your cancer nutrition workshop. Not only it is cheaper, it is without the additional sugar and preservatives. All the best in your workshop!

  11. Just made them. Yummy and so easy!!

  12. That is a great combination and they look fantastic!
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  13. Do you think I can replace the cocoa powder with ground black sesame seeds?
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  14. You are not going to believe that I have all the ingredients for this recipe! This is going to be my next snack recipe. Thanks for sharing!
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  15. Those look great! I love that they use raw cocoa powder, one of my favourite ingredients. I am also a huge fan of using dates to sweeten things. Thanks for the recipe!

  16. That seems to be a nice recipe. I guess that it will also be perfect for guys like me during workouts.

  17. Those bars look like brownies! But minus the guilt yeah? Sounds yum.
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  18. This bar definitely looks choc-a-block full of energy but also delicious 😀

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