Raw Chocolate Orange Bars


The Christmas party season is over and for most of us that means it's back to being health conscious; but never fear - we have a treat for you that will help ease you back into it whilst still holding on to a little chocolatey goodness. According to HIF foodie Helen from ScrummyLane.com, "You'll love these squidgy and super chocolaty chocolate orange bars. These taste like a gooey brownie, but are actually a healthy blend of just five raw ingredients - cashews, dates, sultanas, cocoa and an orange. You would never in a zillion years guess that there is NO refined sugar, chocolate, butter or oil in them. Just pure goodness. And they are even gluten free. A snack that you don't need to feel any guilt about." 


  • 1 orange, juiced and zested
  • 6 ounces/170 grams pitted dates
  • 5.5 ounces/155 grams raw cashew nuts
  • 2.5 ounces/70 grams raisins or sultanas (I used raisins)
  • 1 ounce/25 grams raw cacao powder


  1. Line a fairly small square baking tin (I had 8x8 inch) with baking paper and set aside.
  2. Put the dates in a small bowl and pour half of the orange juice over them. Put aside for a moment.
  3. Put the cashews and the rest of the orange juice in your food processor and process until they are all mashed up and clump together in a ball (this took quite a while – at least 2 or 3 minutes).
  4. Tip the cashew and orange mixture into a bowl. Then tip the dates/orange juice and sultanas into the food processor and process for a short while until they too are all mashed up and form a sticky ball (this won’t take as long as the cashews).
  5. Add the mashed up dates/sultanas to the cashew/orange mixture in the bowl, then add the cacao and orange zest and mash everything together well until it resembles a thick chocolate cake batter.
  6. Tip the mixture into the baking tin and spread out and press down until it’s evenly pressed in and smooth.
  7. Cover and put in the fridge or freezer to harden a little, then cut into 8 to 10 bars (I cut mine into 8, but that makes fairly large bars).


*Inspired by Nakd chocolate orange bars


Tags: Snacks
Category: Recipes

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