These easy chocolate almond squares are great for a sustained energy boost, fabulous for lunchboxes or a long bike ride, and perfect after school or a workout. I also like to have one or two as a snack any time – because they taste so good!
Chocolate with almond is a fabulous flavour combination and the dried fruits add sweetness naturally so there’s no added sugar. These tasty treats are quick to prepare, and they’re nourishing too, with protein from the almonds, and healthy fats from the cocoa nibs, almonds and coconut oil.
I have made chocolate almond squares many times during Thermomix cooking demonstrations to top athletes and Olympians. Because of their need for excellent ‘fuel’, these athletes have all been hugely impressed with the speed of preparation, the cost saving compared to commercial energy bars, and the utter deliciousness of my recipe. And of course they’re delighted to be able to make them at home!
This recipe is suitable for Thermomix TM6, TM5 and TM31.
- Grind cocoa nibs 12 sec/speed 10.
- Add almonds and grind 12 sec/speed 10.
- Add dates and apricots then mix 30 sec/speed 10.
- Add coconut oil and mix 15 sec/speed 10. Line a 20 cm square baking tin with baking paper and transfer mixture to lined tin. Press down firmly and evenly then chill at least 30 minutes in fridge or longer until set solid. Cut into 36 small squares (approx. 3×3 cm) and store in a biscuit tin (cookie tin) in fridge for up to 3 weeks.