Chocolate Espresso Energy Bar

 

If coffee and chocolate are on your list of foods to enjoy, this recipe is definitely for you! It is a decadent and healthy treat with a great balance of chocolate and coffee flavours, healthy fats, fibre, protein and antioxidants. This fabulous functional recipe is made with dates, nuts and seeds blended with raw cacao powder and a shot or two of espresso to create a balanced bite that is grain-free, sugar-free, delicious and nourishing.

 

The caffeine in coffee and chocolate is a stimulant; the healthy fats and rich fibre in this recipe help to balance the effects of caffeine on the body with more extended, calmer and sustained energy release.

 

Coffee is an anti-oxidant-rich stimulant that can increase energy, mental focus, alertness and metabolic functions. For some people, coffee is beneficial, and for others, coffee is harmful. We are all different; one size does not fit all, and that’s ok; what I love and deeply respect about the practice of functional medicine and functional nutrition is that considering bio-individuality and that each person is different is the foundation.

 

Cacao is rich in heart-healthy antioxidants and flavonoids. It enhances mood and cognitive function and contains essential minerals like iron, magnesium, and zinc. 

 

Dates are packed with digestive fibres and antioxidants. They are a great source of vitamins and minerals and a healthy alternative to processed and refined sugars. 

 

Walnuts are rich in plant omega-3 fatty acids and are a great source of healthy fats for the heart, brain and hormone health. They are also a smart food-as-medicine for supporting women’s hormones. Walnuts reduce inflammation and contain high concentrations of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, including vitamin E, folate, and melatonin. 

 

Sunflower seeds are rich in antioxidant vitamin E, healthy fats, protein, and fibre. They also contain essential minerals like magnesium, selenium, and copper—which are crucial for maintaining overall health.