Buckwheat and Cacoa Layered Energy Bars

 These Buckwheat and Cacoa Layered Energy Bars are my replica version of a store-bought Cacoa Energy Bar which are easy to make, no-bake and provide a complex burst of energy from high-quality good-for-you ingredients that are Vegan, gluten-free and naturally sweetened.

Buckwheat and Cacoa Layered Energy Bars

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For my Birthday, I received a delicious box packed full of Vegan treats which 3 months later, I am still working my way through. I was amazed when I received this box, as a new Vegan, I didn’t know of all these treats I had received and I wanted to try them all immediately.


In this box, I received a variety of snacks and treats including various ‘chocolate bars’, breakfast oat biscuits, gelatine free gummy sweets, savoury snacks and energy bars. For someone like me who very rarely eats and never buys store-bought snacks and treats, this was quite a treat for me to try something different. And I would recommend anyone having a look at the various Vegan boxes online as they would be a very welcomed present to any Vegan foodie, and they don’t just do Vegan boxes but a variety depending on your requirements.

Anyway, in this delicious box of treats was a Cacoa Energy Bar, and I absolutely fell in love with it and didn’t want the bar to end, so much so that I needed to make something similar for myself when I returned to my kitchen, so this is where my inspiration for these Buckwheat and Cacoa Layered Energy Bars came from.

Energy Bars are an excellent food choice for many of us as they provide high quick energy (around 200-300 calories per bar) when you don’t have time for a sit-down meal. They generally provide carbohydrates in the form of sugars, protein in the form of powders and fats in the form of cocoa butter or dark chocolate, and this alone would stop me from buying a store-bought energy bar as I want to consume something I feel is good for me and nutritious.


However, if you buy a good quality Energy Bar, like the Cacoa Energy Bar I had and am trying to replicate here which was Vegan, GM Free, Gluten, Wheat and Dairy-free and one of your five-a-day. The ingredients in these Energy Bars makes them worthy of consumption and they include only good quality good-for-you ingredients such as dates, protein, fruit juice, raisins, oats, cashew nuts and cocoa powder. These are the types of ingredients you should be looking for in your store-bought Energy Bars and this is the types of ingredients you will need to use to make a homemade version.

These homemade versions are unfortunately not an exact replica of the simply delicious Cacoa Energy Bar I had in my Vegan box but it is pretty close and will save you money too! These Buckwheat and Cacoa Layered Energy Bars have a base layer of dates, raisins, oats, Soya protein powder and cacoa powder which is then topped with Puffed Buckwheat and then with another layer as per the base layer.


The base and top layer are the perfect combination of ingredients which combine together well to create layers of ‘Energy’ that are naturally sweetened by dates, protein packed with Soya protein, fibre packed with oats and dates, deliciously chocolate flavoured by a good-quality organic raw cacoa powder and then can be gluten-free with gluten-free oats and puffed buckwheat which is naturally gluten-free.

Make these bars to grab-and-go throughout the week as a breakfast snack, elevenses snack or pre/post workout snack, as they provide all the right ingredients to provide you with high food energy. They are no-bake and perfect stored in the fridge for a few days or keep them in the freezer and thaw for 30 minutes before consuming.

If you’re looking for recipes similar to these Energy Bars, you might also like to try these:

Crunchy Beetroot Protein Bars

Nutty-Choc Protein Breakfast Bars

Trail Mix Breakfast Cereal Bars

PB & Jelly Banana Oat Bars

Banana Bread Protein Bars

No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Bars

I hope you enjoy this recipe and if you give it a go, leave a comment and let me know or post a picture on  instagram or  facebook and use #untaintedtastes and tag me @untaintedtastes as I’d love to see them 🙂 xo


Buckwheat and Cacoa Layered Energy Bars
 
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Recipe type: Snack, Breakfast
Cuisine: Workout
Serves: Serves 6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dates, soaked and drained (reserve some water)
  • ½ cup raisins, drained
  • ½ cup oats
  • 2 tbsp Soya protein powder
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • ½ cup buckwheat puffs
  • Date water as necessary (add a tbsp. at a time)
Instructions
  1. Line a dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, add all ingredients except puffs, whizz to combine until a dough is formed, scraping down the sides as necessary.
  3. Place ¾ cup of the dough into the lined pan, then top with the buckwheat puffs, press down firmly and transfer to the freezer for an hour or more, then place the remaining dough on and place back in the freezer to set for 2-4 hours before slicing into 6 pieces.
  4. Store in the fridge for 3 days or in the freezer in an air-tight container.

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