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Double Chocolate Fudge Energy Bars

( + First Duathlon Recap! )

If you’re here just for the energy bars (which I 100% understand, because, hello these are the most chocolaty and fudgy bars on the history of energy bars), feel free to scroll down and save yourself the pain of having me talking to you about my duathlon for what it’ll feel like hours to you.

 

Double Chocolate Fudge Energy Bars {vegan & gluten free}


 

Let’s get started.

Do you know how that joke which goes like “How can you tell if a person has run a marathon? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you”?

Oh well – I am that person.

 

Double Chocolate Fudge Energy Bars {vegan & gluten free}

 

Although you probably knew that if you’re:

a) Reading this post.

b) Following me on twitter. It’s basically all that I’ve twitted about for the last few days. That and cookies, but the cookie part is not new: I’m always talking about that.

 

Double Chocolate Fudge Energy Bars {vegan & gluten free}

 

However, I do know that I can get annoying so I’m going to keep things short and sweet here so we can get back to the bars as soon as possible.

Long story short:

a) I got to cross the finish line and won a prize. First in my age group holla! I got some wine and a trophy and the wine part is funny since I’m 17 and won’t get to drink it and stuff. Any ideas on how to use the wine instead?

 

Double Chocolate Fudge Energy Bars {vegan & gluten free}

 

b) I almost died. I think I’ve never been that dehydrated and thirsty in all my life – it was such a terrible feeling.

We didn’t get any water until the second transition and if you read often, you’ll know that I live in Spain and Spain’s weather is known to be super hot.

 

Double Chocolate Fudge Energy Bars {vegan & gluten free}

 

And it was the hottest day ever, seriously.

Plus the wind didn’t help at all. And neither did my broken bicycle.

It’s such a miracle that I got to cross the finish line because I was quite sure that my bicycle was going to die at any moment and I was going to die with it.

 

Double Chocolate Fudge Energy Bars {vegan & gluten free}

 

But things turned out fine in the end so I’m not complaining.

And that’s guys, my race recap for today. See? It wasn’t that bad.

Oh wait wait wait – I forgot to mention that there was cake at the finish line. C A K E – now, that’s worth telling you about, right?

 

Double Chocolate Fudge Energy Bars {vegan & gluten free}

 

So now it’s time to move onto these energy bars. You know? They’d make such a killer pre workout snack if I hadn’t happened to eat them all two days before my race. But don’t blame me, these are so good that you’d better make extra.

I think that about 988 batches should do.

Or 989, for good measure.

 

Double Chocolate Fudge Energy Bars {vegan & gluten free}

 

Anyway – these are awesome. Ultra chocolaty and fudgy, they kind of remind me of brownie batter so you bet these are good. They have some extra crunch from the chopped nuts (I went with hazelnuts this time because I like the Nutella like flavor, but you can use whatever floats your boat you know) and the *gigantic* chunks of dark chocolate. You guys know that when it comes with chocolate, the more, the merrier, right??

Best part is that even if they look like dessert (my brothers couldn’t tell that these weren’t candy bars!), they pack some serious nutrients and energy, so they are a totally acceptable pre-workout snack.

 

Double Chocolate Fudge Energy Bars {vegan & gluten free}

 

Now, let me tell you about the “fudge” factor. I call these fudge bars because they are real fudgy – it’s not a marketing strategy or something you know. Like calling these “Magic Superpower Fudge Bars”. Nope, these are really, really fudgy.

I love them that way (seriously, who doesn’t love fudge?), but they’re delicious when eaten frozen as well. As I said, you’d better make 989 batches and try to eat them both ways.

 

Double Chocolate Fudge Energy Bars {vegan & gluten free}

 

If you decide to bring these to the gym as a post-workout enough. there’s a high chance that the moment you open your bag, you find a ooey gooey chocolaty melty mess. It is awesome, of course. But you might not want to eat that in front of everybody. That being said, if you need highly portable energy bars, try my recipe for Coconut Mocha Energy Bars – those travel like wonders.

Eat this fudgy version at the comfort of your home. Hey, you won’t have to share that way!

 

Double Chocolate Fudge Energy Bars
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Super fudgy and chocolaty - a energy bar so decadent that it feels like dessert but it's actually super healthy!
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Ingredients
  1. 200 grams unpitted dates
  2. 1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts
  3. 3 tablespoons almond milk
  4. 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  5. 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  6. 1 + 1/2 cup puffed brown rice
  7. 60 grams dark chocolate
  8. 1/8 cup hazelnuts
Instructions
  1. Soak the dates in water for 10 minutes.
  2. Add dates (without the water) to a food processor and pulse until smooth. Add in cocoa, milk, melted coconut oil, 1/4 c. hazelnuts and process until a paste forms.
  3. In a bowl, mix the paste with the puffed rice, the chopped chocolate and the hazelnuts.
  4. Press mixture into a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Cut into 8 bars and let it sit in the freezer for at least 2 hours.
Notes
  1. 200 grams unpitted dates is about 150 grams pitted dates.
  2. Butter or vegan butter work well if you don't like/have coconut oil.
  3. Any kind of nut will work here.
earthly taste http://honeyandfigskitchen.com/

If you’re wondering why you haven’t seen me around here lately, I tell you that I had like the most hectic week ever – full of exams, sleepless nights and race recovery. It didn’t help that I fell down the stairs and rolled to the very bottom two days ago. 

Yeah, if there’s anything worse than a sport related injury, it is a fell-off-the-stairs injury. I don’t know what’s worse: the pain or the week I’ve had to take off running ahhh :–(

Hope your week’s being better than mine!

p.s: Sorry I haven’t been reading your lovely blogs and stuff. I’ll catch up with it on the weekend!

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49 Comments

  • Reply Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor March 12, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Did you say double chocolate, Consuelo? These bars look perfect for when the afternoon chocolate craving hits!

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen March 12, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Congratulations on getting first in your group! Thank goodness your bike made it across the finish line. I totally think these look like the best energy bars ever!

  • Reply cheri March 12, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Congrats are in order, good for you! and you won a prize too. With the wine, maybe you could cook something with it, maybe a nice spaghetti sauce. Anyway, the bars look amazing, I love chocolate.

  • Reply Christine @ Cooking with Cakes March 12, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    you put “fudge” and “energy” next to each other, which might make this the best recipe title ever!

    these look amazing AND a huge congrats girrrrl! so exciting :)

  • Reply danguole March 12, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Um, Consuelo, you are a SUPERWOMAN and I hope you got to eat lots and lots of cake. That sounds crazy rough–how do you go without water? Geez.

    As for the wine… I like to braise stuff in it–but if it’s hot over there, it may not be super appealing!

    Lastly, your photos are just lovely! And again, congrats!

  • Reply Erin | The Law Student's Wife March 12, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    GIRL, you deserve to be LOUD and PROUD! Congrats. I hope you ate 50 million of these bars at the end :)

  • Reply josefinetm March 12, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Congrats on the race! You are SO damn cool. Seriously – you’re my sports-idol 😉
    AND food-idol. Because look at those bars. And the pictures. Yum! These are SO on my to-make list. Pinned 😀

  • Reply Meghan @ Spoonful of Flour March 12, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Congrats Consuelo! Hope you enjoyed a few of these bars at the end!

  • Reply Cindy Eikenberg March 13, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Consuelo, congratulations, that’s awesome!!! These bars look amazing – and and that wine? You could send it to me if you’d like. 😉 Great job, as always and pinning!

  • Reply Sugar and Cinnamon March 13, 2014 at 2:58 am

    Oh my gosh these look beautiful. And wow that’s so impressive you ran a triathalon!! So jealous! I once saw a chocolate cake made out of wine that sounded pretty interesting :)

  • Reply Renee@Two in the kitchen March 13, 2014 at 3:32 am

    Consuelo, I LOVED this whole post! -except for the part about you falling down the stairs! That really stinks and I hope you have recovered! Congratulations on finishing so well in your big race! That is exciting news and quite inspiring. And the fact that you got wine but can’t drink it is just killing me!! What is the legal drinking age there anyway?? And these energy bars look delicious! They look like they are fun to make, delicious to eat, and much more cost effective than buying them at the store!!

  • Reply sprinklesandsauce March 13, 2014 at 5:49 am

    i have yet to see another energy bar recipe! this is very useful!

  • Reply tohercore March 13, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Oh, I need these in my life! They look (and sound!) perfect :) On another note, well done on finishing your duathalon, and winning first place in your age group! Very impressive x

  • Reply whatjessicabakednext March 13, 2014 at 11:57 am

    These look amazing, Consuelo! I love energy bars and especially when they have chocolate in! :)

  • Reply Kelly March 13, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Congrats on such a great race Consuelo – that’s so awesome that you won a prize too:) These energy bites look incredible – yay for double chocolate :) Eeks sorry you feel down the stairs though and hope you are okay and recover quickly.

  • Reply Joanne March 13, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    MAJOR congrats on having such an awesome race!!! But I disapprove of them withholding water from you for so long! Here they would have had it every mile!!

    These bars look crazy decadent delicious. So chocolatey!

  • Reply Layla @ Brunch Time Baker March 13, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Congrats! Staying Hydrated is the key!

  • Reply Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner March 13, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    I love hearing about your running stories. :) Congrats on your recent run! I’ve only ever done a 5K, but I might do a longer run if I had cake waiting for me at the finish line. 😉 I can’t wait for it to get warmer here so I can get back to running outside. These energy bars look delicious! Anything having to do with chocolate and I’m there! :)

  • Reply Davida @The Healthy Maven March 13, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    CONGRATS!!!!! You are seriously amazing!!! I definitely would have died so kudos for you for hanging in there and placing first in your age group! I might consider doing a duathalon for wine and cake…mayyyyyybe.

    Can we discuss who you’re an incredible athlete, talented baker and only 17?! Seriously you are too cool!

  • Reply marcie@flavorthemoments March 13, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Congrats to you Consuelo! That’s such an achievement, and you should be proud. Use the wine in a beef stew like beef bourguignonne! These bars look so healthy and delicious!

  • Reply Ashley March 13, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Congrats!!! That’s awesome that you got first in your age group!! Seriously, so awesome! And these bars look delicious – I love that you have hazelnuts in them!

  • Reply Yeste Lima March 13, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    ¿Tú crees que si le doy un pellizquito a la pantalla, lo podré saborear?

    mmmm…. me encanta, por aquí, lo conocemos por “piñonate” aunque no lleve piñones, simplemente con los frutos que lleva y de la forma que está hecho, ya se le conoce por ese nombre… y a mí me ha gustado siempre con locura….

    Y tiene una pinta…..

    Apretaos, Consuelo.

  • Reply Monica March 13, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    These energy bars look amazing. Anything with chocolate and fudge in the same title works for me! And congrats on your amazing marathon results. Big wow!

  • Reply Natalie @ Tastes Lovely March 13, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Congratulations! Way to go. I cannot fathom the willpower it takes to run a marathon. These energy bars sound perfect. Love that you used dates in them.

  • Reply Johlene March 13, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    No ways! dates (I love) chocolate (I love) hazelnuts (I love) and coco (I love too).. This too me is recipe heaven..no jokes!! Xx

  • Reply Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life March 13, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Congrats!!! That is SO exciting! I am so glad your bike made it. And that you survived the heat! Humidity is my least favorite. And can I say I LOVE these bars? Haha, story of my life – my fudgy bars are usually so fudgy, they are not transport friendly at all. These would be worth the sticky fingers and face! And absolutely lovely photos! Pinned!

  • Reply Allie March 13, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Oh, Consuelo, I’m so sorry to hear that the duathlon worked you over like that! But it’s so amazing that you finished and even won a prize! Congratulations, that is such an incredible achievement, and you should be so proud! Your energy bars sound fantastic, love the hazelnuts! Pinning 😉

  • Reply Jo @ The Contented Baker March 13, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    These are an excuse to exercise if ever there was one! 😉

  • Reply AmsterdamFoodStories March 13, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Love your recipe and I really enjoy reading your post (:

  • Reply Kelly - LEFT SIDE OF THE TABLE March 14, 2014 at 1:32 am

    These do look like candy bars!! Love the ingredients… Still have never cooked with dates! And I keep meaning too. Maybe this should be the special recipe, don’t you think?? :) thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Jessiker Bakes March 14, 2014 at 3:31 am

    Congratulations by the way!! Cook with the wine, or just save it! Just store it properly. These energy bars look so yummy – loving the double chocolate!

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen March 14, 2014 at 3:59 am

    Oh my gosh!!! I can’t tell what I love more. Your story about your race or these energy bars. I think the race. No wait! The energy bars. No wait! The race. No, it’s the energy bars! Auuuuugggghhhh – it’s so HARD! Ok, first, these energy bars look AMAZING. And, the part where you got wine as a reward and you are 17 yo? What a riot! My advise? Cook with it until the alcohol completely cooks out. :-) Cheers and congrats for finishing the race Consuelo! What a proud moment!

  • Reply Julia | JuliasAlbum.com March 14, 2014 at 6:13 am

    I am craving these fudge bars for my lunch at work! Congrats on your marathon and winning in your age group – wow, what an accomplishment! You’re amazing!

  • Reply Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen March 14, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Congratulations on winning in your age group for your marathon! You amaze me because I don’t know how you do it all. Girl, I’m totally loving this recipe. I love making homemade Lara Bars and this is yet another tasty recipe to try. Thanks for sharing and have a fabulous weekend!

  • Reply Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness March 14, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Congrats on the win girl! I would never do a Duathlon…cause I’m lazy. So you are amazing! Plus, cake at the finish line?! BEST EVER.
    Chocolate and energy? That I can sign up for! Pinned

  • Reply shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com March 14, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    CONGRATS Consuelo!!! First in your age group is AWESOME!!!!
    And these energy bars sound pretty awesome – dates and chocolate have magical powers dont they?

  • Reply onedomesticgoddess March 14, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    I found your post from foodgawker when checking out my first post. These look delicious!! The almond milk is such a great alternative to other creamy or rich components like peanut butter or apple butter. Do you use sweetened almond milk?

    I can’t wait to try these!

    • Reply Consuelo March 14, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Thank you!
      I use unsweetened, but either is fine. Even dairy milk, all work! xx

      • Reply onedomesticgoddess May 26, 2014 at 2:05 am

        Sorry to follow up so late! I just made these bars and they were delicious! Have you had any difficulty in getting them to stay together? How “solid” do they usually turn out? I used date water instead of milk, added a Tbs of agave nectar, didn’t grind the hazelnuts and the bars were pretty gooey, kind of like under cooked brownies. I suppose I could’ve used more cereal. :) I only make date bars once every few months so I’m wandering if the dates aren’t binding or if it is just a matter of preference.

  • Reply blahnikbaker March 14, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Congratulations!!! Good job girl!!! You are amazing. These bars look so delicious…and they are full of good for you things!!

  • Reply Gintare @Gourmantine March 14, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Wow, congrats on doing amazing in the marathon. You deserve to indulge in anything you want now, these look so good!

  • Reply Mike @TheIronYou March 14, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    So I have a triathlon Sunday morning and I can definitely use a couple of those amazing bars to fuel my race. Would you be so kind to send them my way? I would really (but really) appreciate it! 😉

    • Reply Consuelo March 14, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      Ahh if only I had any left ;–) Best of luck Mike!

  • Reply Kristin March 17, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Congrats! That’s awesome!

  • Reply Foodie Laura March 18, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Trevor has been in training for his triathlon and I know he would just loves these too.

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  • Reply laurasmess April 21, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Congratulations Consuelo!!! Wow, that’s awesome! I don’t think that I could ever run (or more accurately, survive) a duathlon or any other type of marathon. But then again, I’d run several miles for one of these energy bars. They look delish! Oh, and regarding the ‘talking about it’, talk away! You should be proud! x

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  • Reply E. October 22, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Hello! Thanks for this recipe!:) I am kinda wondering if there’s a good substitute for puffed brown rice? Muesli or granola maybe? Trying to make it raw? :) Thank you!

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