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    Choc-nut energy bars

    The perfect pick-me-up for dozy mornings and slow afternoons.

    • Gluten Free
    • Vegetarian
    • Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus setting
    • Cooking time: 2 minutes
    • Total time: 25 minutes, plus setting

    Makes: 24

    Ingredients

    200g LoveLife cashew nuts
    150g LoveLife pecan nut halves
    75g gluten-free porridge oats
    100g LoveLife seed, berry & goji berry mix
    9 pitted medjool dates (about 180g), chopped
    100g peanut butter
    2 tbsp coconut oil
    2 tbsp honey
    1 tbsp vanilla extract
    1⁄2 tsp fine salt

    CHOCOLATE TOPPING

    100g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
    1 tbsp coconut oil
    1 tbsp cocoa powder, sifted
    2 tsp vanilla extract 

    Method

    1. Put the nuts, oats and seed and berry mix in a food processor and whizz to a chunky mixture. Add the remaining bar ingredients; whizz again until just combined. Transfer to a deep 20cm x 30cm tray lined with baking parchment and press into an even layer with the back of a spoon. Chill while you make the topping.

    2. For the topping, break the chocolate into small pieces and melt with the coconut oil in a heatproof bowl, either in the microwave or over a pan of simmering water. Once melted, beat in the remaining ingredients until smooth.

    3. Pour the chocolate over the nut mixture and spread with the back of a spoon until you have an even coating. Return to the fridge to set for about 1 hour, then cut into 24 squares. The bars can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. 

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