Coconut, Cacao & Quinoa Energy Bars



I’m sure we’re all on the same page when I say that snacking is kind of a big deal. I don’t know anybody who doesn’t enjoy a mid-morning and afternoon nibble, the only problem however is what we choose to snack on. Healthy alternatives to sugar are hot on our radar, especially those of us in summer body mode.  So when it comes to finding a delicious, yet healthy snack that actually gives you energy instead of zapping it, then these Raw Coconut, Cacao Quinoa bars are it!!

Stuffed full of healthy fats, complex carbs and protein they are quite literally the perfect pick me up when that sugar train comes calling, and the added bonus is that they take less than 30 minutes to make.

Now with my unhealthy obsession with peanut butter I would normally advise you to use it in a recipe like this, however a special mention must go out to Pip & Nut for her amazing range of nut butters, especially her Coconut and Almond flavour, for finally shifting my obsession from peanuts to, well, other nuts. If you’re a coconutter like me then you will absolutely LOVE this.

I’m a very happy snacker right now!

If you make these no bake bars please do send me a photo on Instagram or Twitter @mykitchendrawer as I’d love to see your versions.





Makes| 12 bars approx

Preparation time| 30 minutes

Coconut, Cacao & Quinoa Bars

65g quinoa (uncooked)

130g rolled oats

 50g cacao powder

2 tbsp cashew/coconut butter (I use Pip & Nut)

2 tbsp coconut oil

1 banana

20 dates

30g flaked almonds

100g honey

2 tbsp cacao nibs

Desiccated coconut for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees.

Cook the quinoa in 250ml water and simmer until cooked.

Spread the cooked quinoa out on a baking tray and toast in the oven for 15 minutes until crunchy.

While the quinoa is toasting, melt the coconut oil and coconut butter in a pan, then add the cacao powder and combine. Take off the heat to cool

Blend the banana and dates together and set aside.

Pour the cooked quinoa and rolled oats into a large bowl then add the cooled coconut mix, banana and dates, flaked almonds, honey and cacao nibs.

Combine everything together and pour into a lined 20×20 baking tin, pressing it down tightly into the corners.

Sprinkle with flaked almonds and desiccated coconut, then place in the fridge and chill for 2 hours or overnight.

Once set remove from the tin and cut into snack-size bars.

Leave in an airtight container and eat within 1 week.

Raw Date and Peanut Energy Bites


The afternoon sugar slump is an evil thing don’t you agree? As a baker I find it so hard to keep my fingers out of the freshly baked cookie jar when a craving hits, but thankfully I have these delicious energy bites to keep me on the straight and narrow.

They are filled with nothing but goodness – walnuts, dates, flaxseed, coconut, rolled oats and peanut butter. The perfect healthy treat and packed full with protein and fibre which means they will give you tons of energy to power through the afternoon.

Perhaps my favourite thing about these though is that they are one indulgent pleasure I can never feel guilty about. All ingredients can be found in the most basic store cupboards too so unless you need to top anything up there is no special shopping required. I have an industrial size peanut butter tub in my cupboard so I’m never caught shy when I need to make these. They are super-duper easy to make and even if you’re in a rush at just 10 minutes there is always time to whip up a quick batch. I make mine on a Sunday night and store them in my fridge. If I’m careful they last all week….just about.



Makes 24

Prep time: 10 minutes

400g pitted dates

100g walnuts

100g rolled oats

100g desiccated coconut

50g flax seeds (optional)

1tbsp peanut butter

½ tbsp honey

50g pistachios (for decoration)

This is a no-nonsense recipe so throw all ingredients (except the pistachios) into the food processor and blitz until all combined.

Crush or blitz the pistachios separately and pour into a bowl ready for decoration.

Take small amounts and roll into bites about 1 inch in diameter. Pop them into the bowl of pistachios and roll them around until suitable coated. This gives them a nice crunch but the coating is totally optional, so if you can’t be bothered just leave the bites naked.

Sit them on a lined baking sheet and leave in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour until firm.

Happy snacking!

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Raw Nutella Energy Balls

Nutella Energy Bites

Fellow Nutella lovers, stop what you’re doing right now as our day is here – World Nutella Day.

Legends created this day back in 2007 as a way to appreciate Nutella and its versatility in the kitchen. Soon after thousands of like-minded die-hards were sharing their Nutella creations on social media and no one has turned back since.

My best memories of this creamy hazelnut spread are from childhood pancake days and skiing trips. Then of course there are the odd few spoon-in-the-jar Sundays where things can get really out of hand.

Thankfully Nutella isn’t a complete sin. It’s actually relatively healthy in appropriate quantities, which is why these Nutella Energy Balls are the perfect chocolate fix when we’re all trying to watch our sugar intake.

Just one ball contains 95 calories, and with peanut butter and almonds in the mix they also make for a perfect protein kick. I nibble these in the afternoons when my sweet craving gets the better of me, or grab a few in the morning when I need a quick breakfast.

They’re healthy, delicious and so easy to make so grab a spoon and your Nutella jars and make them immediately. Horray for Nutella Day!

Nutella Energy Balls

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