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Mulberry Peanut Cacao Crunchy Bars

First, I want to apologize for not posting for so long. We have been going through some healthy issues in my family and it has taken up a bit of time. I am very happy to be back posting!

Raw Cacao Mulberry Peanut Treats

So, what do you do when you want a treat, but you want to make sure it is nutrient dense, low sugar and healthy? I got busy and made these little, delicious bites.

I have to admit, I am not a fan of making raw chocolate. It never seems to come out how I want it to. If you don’t temper it, you can have problems and since I am all about simplicity, tempering isn’t something I want to mess with. But I still want good, healthy chocolate treats!

I finally have discovered a great shortcut, Organic Raw Cacao Paste. It is an amazing find. Simply melt, add ingredients and you have a wonderful chocolate base that you can make as sweet as you like.

I worked very hard to keep the sugar low in these treats. Processed sugar is not our friend. And using excessive amounts of any kind of sugar in recipes, even “natural sugars” has become a trend in on-line recipes. It catches people’s attention. It stimulates our appetites. It hooks into our “I have to have that” mentality.

I have a sweet tooth which I am actively reforming to the point of eliminating almost all processed sugar from my diet. It was a choice born from the knowledge that sugar is one of the most harmful “foods” we can put in our bodies. And I’m over it. I want vibrant health 100% of the time and highly-processed sugar doesn’t have a place in that plan.

Raw Cacao Mulberry Peanut Treats

These bites have super nutritious dried mulberries, and peanuts. I used raw peanuts. You can substitute with any nut or seed. The peanut/mulberry combination is a favorite around here and can taste a little like a Butterfinger bar. The bars are super easy to make, low in sugar and delicious!

 

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17 Comments

  1. Ditza wrote on September 19, 2016

    Is it possible to make a cacao paste by grounding whole cacao beans until it become a paste, just like making almond butter? I just made it but since I have never seen or tasted cacao paste I don’t know whether it is the same. Anyway thanks for your recipes – they are great!

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    • Susan wrote on September 19, 2016

      I think it would be a bit tricky unless you had the right equipment. Cacao paste is made from cacao but it is made by crushing them into a liquid. When it solidifies, it becomes a paste. I worry that it would be difficult to get it smooth enough and it would be very grainy. There is a link to buy cacao paste in the sidebar to the right. Cheers!

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  2. David C wrote on June 2, 2016

    What could be used in place of the coconut sugar? My wife takes a medication that can not be mixed with coconut. Just coming across your recipes, looks amazing.

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    • Susan wrote on September 19, 2016

      You could try sucanant. Cheers!

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  3. Sheila wrote on May 29, 2016

    Glad you are back!! I do not understand how to use the buckwheat groats. Do I add them raw? Is this the same as kasha?

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  4. Sheila wrote on May 29, 2016

    Glad to have you back. I do not understand how to prepare buckwheat groats in recipe. Do I use them raw? Is this the same as kasha?

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  5. Dee lee wrote on May 5, 2016

    I’m sorry, but I didn’t see where you placed the buckwheat groats in the recipe.

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    • Susan wrote on May 5, 2016

      Hi, Dee, Step 3 🙂

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      • Dee lee wrote on May 5, 2016

        Thanks, I will get new glasses tomorrow.😎

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  6. Cindy wrote on May 3, 2016

    What can be substituted for the buckwheat? Looks terrific can’t wait to try it!

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    • Susan wrote on May 3, 2016

      Hi, Cindy, You can just leave it out but you don’t get the fun crunch. You might want to add more of the mulberry/peanut mixture. Cheers!

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  7. Ellen wrote on May 3, 2016

    I hope your family health issues are on the mend. So good to see you back again. Your raw family is wishing you well. Looking forward to trying the recipe.

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    • Susan wrote on May 3, 2016

      Thank you, Ellen. It is going to be a bit of a journey. And thank you for the well wishes! 🙂

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  8. Adela Davis wrote on May 2, 2016

    Thank you for this yummy recipe. My family is going through elderly parent health issues, so I totaly understand! It’s nice to see a post like this when a person has a moment of ‘regularly’ in their daily life! A great recipe to take one’s mind in another state: cooking & eating!

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    • Susan wrote on May 3, 2016

      Thank you, Adela. You are right…cooking and eating are the best! 🙂

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  9. dee m wrote on May 2, 2016

    The Mulberry Peanut Cacao Crunchy Bites look scrumptious! I dried my stevia that I grew last summer. Always love to find recipes to use it in. I froze mulberries from our trees last year. I will be experimenting with using them in this recipe. Thanks for the share!

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    • Susan wrote on May 3, 2016

      Dee, I would love to hear how your stevia worked. We just planted some. Cheers!

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