Cacao Snack Squares

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Proper, quality chocolate is made from cacao, which is ground up cacao beans from the cacao tree.  The trees, found in Central and South America produce large cacao pods as the fruiting body of the tree, which are then harvested, fermented and dried before being ground into a fine powder, or being used to extract cacao butter. As a plant, cacao is rich in magnesium and high in antioxidants.  And when you leave it minimally processed and just enjoy it as a ground up plant, you get to properly satisfy your chocolate craving with healthy chocolate solutions that are simultaneously helping boost your adrenal system, reduce stress and improve muscle function.  Yes, all from chocolate.



  1. Combine all of the ingredients except for the cacao nibs in a blender or food processor and blend until the ingredients all come together in a clump. If the mixture seems crumbly, add an extra tablespoon of water.
  2. Once the mixture has stuck together, remove it from the processor and put in a bowl. Add the cacao nibs to the bowl and use your hands to work the nibs through the bars.
  3. Once the nibs are fully incorporated, line a square baking pan with parchment paper and press the mixture into the pan.
  4. Place in the fridge to harden overnight or for 3-4 hours.
  5. Once hardened, remove from the fridge and cut into squares. Store in a container in the fridge!
Laura PeillAbout Laura Peill

An avid runner and passionate foodie, Laura writes the blog Viand Nutrition, a healthy lifestyle blog featuring vegan recipes, healthy living tips, at-home workouts and fitness motivation. Her love of good food filled with good nutrition comes from her years as a runner, completing marathons and seeking out adequate plant-based fuel for hundreds of kilometers, and then working as a running coach and needing the same fuel to offer her runners. In addition to focusing on good whole food meals, she is especially passionate about creating raw, vegan desserts and experimenting with new ingredient combinations in the kitchen. Her passion for food and nutrition has led to her return to school where she is studying to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist with plans to combine running, writing and recipe creation and nutrition all into one. When she's not out on the trails, you'll find her hanging out in running clothes in the kitchen, in downward dog, or brewing a fresh batch of kombucha!

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