Cocoa, Coffee & Peanut Butter Energy Bars (v)

A quick and simple recipe to boost your energy levels without the jitters. Whilst many of us turn to coffee for a pick-me-up, it can often lead to a ‘crash’ shortly after. By combining coffee with healthy fats like the peanut butter & coconut in this recipe, the energy boost you receive will be much more steady, and will last longer. In a controversial twist, this recipe does include a tbsp of coffee grounds, but hear me out when I tell you why. 

Studies show that consuming coffee grounds (organic, good quality ones) can have a big impact on reducing inflammation and preventing diabetes, due to the high levels of antioxidants, particularly chlorogenic acid (a very good antioxidant..). Coffee beans have also been shown to have anti-cancer properties, and the caffeine from the coffee beans is absorbed faster when consuming the grounds as opposed to the water. You’ll be boosting your fibre content when consuming ground coffee – helping keep you full longer and maintaining regular bowel movements, and by doing all this, you’ll be reducing waste, as the best coffee grounds to use are the ones you’ll use to make the coffee in this recipe for! For more recipes like this, grab my e-recipe book Recipes For Living Well: Sweet Snacks & Healthy Desserts HERE. Use the code ‘sept2020’ throughout September for 50% off all e-books too!


(makes 6 – 8 bars)

  • 1 cup oats
  • 5 dates
  • 1 shot of espresso + the coffee grounds
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tsp stevia or honey
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs, chopped nuts or dark chocolate


  1. Make your espresso (just more than a shot-glass worth) using organic, good quality ground coffee, then soak the dates in the coffee for 10 minutes
  2. Meanwhile, add all other ingredients apart from the cacao nibs into a food processor or blender 
  3. Add the dates and coffee last, followed by 1 tbsp of the coffee grounds
  4. Pulse everything a few times until it combines and begins to stick together
  5. Line a baking tin or square container, then press the mixture down, effectively creating one giant energy bar
  6. Scatter over the cacao nibs (you could use chopped nuts or dark chocolate too) and place in the fridge for an hour or so to set
  7. Once set, slice into bars ready to grab one when you’re next in need of an energy boost! 

Consume within 1 week

One response to “Cocoa, Coffee & Peanut Butter Energy Bars (v)”

  1. These sound good! Thanks

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