Mocha Energy Bites

Put your food processor to work and make some Mocha Energy Bites! A perfect afternoon treat. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

I’m not much of a sweets person, but every now and then I get a craving for something chocolatey around 3PM.  There’s a little area in my freezer where I stash rogue cake slices, baggies of cookie chunks and other fun afternoon like treats like these Mocha Energy Bites.

It pays to have squirrel-like tendencies.

Put your food processor to work and make some Mocha Energy Bites! A perfect afternoon treat. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

I like eating these Mocha Energy Bites with hot tea in the afternoon.  One bite is usually all I need. Sometimes I go in for two.  They’re chewy with bits of chocolate and nuts throughout.  The ground espresso gives it a good depth too!

Put your food processor to work and make some Mocha Energy Bites! A perfect afternoon treat. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

They’ll give you a little pep in your step with the hit of caffeine. Look at that! Your afternoon just got kicked up a notch.

There’s definitely a good reason why this recipe makes it into my meal prep rotation!

Ingredients are gathered:

You’re going to need a food processor for this endeavor. It’s one of my favorite meal prep tools!

Put your food processor to work and make some Mocha Energy Bites! A perfect afternoon treat. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

The glue that holds the bars together is a combination of maple syrup and dates!

Put your food processor to work and make some Mocha Energy Bites! A perfect afternoon treat. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!\

Dough!

Put your food processor to work and make some Mocha Energy Bites! A perfect afternoon treat. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

So many good things in there. Totally raw and gluten-free (make sure your oats are GF!).

Put your food processor to work and make some Mocha Energy Bites! A perfect afternoon treat. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

The “dough” gets put in a container wrapped in plastic. I used a bread pan here, but you could use an 8×8 pan.

Put your food processor to work and make some Mocha Energy Bites! A perfect afternoon treat. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Wrap up the bar after you flatten the top.  Freeze for a bit.

Put your food processor to work and make some Mocha Energy Bites! A perfect afternoon treat. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Unwrap and slice up!

Put your food processor to work and make some Mocha Energy Bites! A perfect afternoon treat. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

I like to cut small bites for the future.

Put your food processor to work and make some Mocha Energy Bites! A perfect afternoon treat. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Future me will definitely be happy these are in the freezer. I bet your future self will be happy too.

For more energy bar recipes try:

Mocha Energy Bites

makes about 36 bites

  • 1  1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 6 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • ⅓ cup  chopped bittersweet chocolate

In a food processor, process cashews and oats for 30 seconds, or until chopped. Add dates, maple syrup, espresso powder, and salt; process 30 seconds or until mixture resembles cookie dough. Add walnuts and chocolate, process 20 seconds or until combined.

Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment or plastic wrap, extending over two sides of pan. Place oat mixture in pan; top with another piece of parchment or plastic wrap and press evenly into pan. Cover with plastic and freeze for 4 hours. Using parchment, lift out of pan. Cut into 2-inch bars. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge, up to 5 days and freezer up to 2 months.

 

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  • Jamie

    You had me at caffeine at 3pm…and the Maple syrup. I don’t like cashews, do you think almonds work as substitute?

  • Jen

    I have a bag of cashews in the cupboard begging to be made into these!

  • Jamie

    Espresso powder – what brand do you prefer?

  • Norma Vela

    I made a batch of these yummies this morning – although I couldn’t find raw cashews at our tiny local (rural) grocery store and had to go with roasted cashews, which meant the dough wasn’t doughy… so I added not even a teaspoon of water and it worked out perfectly. These are terrific. I might add some chia seeds to the next batch. Thank you!

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