Yesterday I had a lovely day experimenting in the kitchen and I’ve created this brand new healthy delicious recipe!

Cacao and Almond Oat Bars (recipe makes 12 bars)


  • 100g rolled jumbo oats
  • 50g almonds
  • 100g pitted dates (medjool dates are preferable here, but dried dates will work)
  • 75g unsold butter
  • 30g cacao powder (cocoa powder is also fine)
  • 25g cacao nibs (if you want to be naughty, you can replace these with chocolate chips!)
  • 2tbsp raw honey (maple syrup and date syrup work just as well)


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180’c (fan) and line a square baking tin (12 inch x 12 is preferable)
  2. Add the oats to a large bowl
  3. Roughly chop the almonds into small chunks, but not too small so as to make them into a ground almond consistency (we still want a bit of crunch!) then add to the bowl
  4. Soak the dates in 3 tbsp of warm water for five minutes to soften
  5. Once the dates have softened, blend them into a paste using a hand blender and add them to the mixture
  6. Melt the butter (in a saucepan or microwave is fine) and stir into the mixture
  7. Stir in the cacao powder and add the honey/maple/date syrup
  8. Finally, stir in the cacao nibs before pressing the mixture into your lined baking tin
  9. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 15 minutes (or until they start to brown)
  10. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for at least half an hour
  11. Slice into 12 squares and enjoy!
  12. Store in an airtight container

Happy baking!

Charlotte x




  1. Steff Harries
    2nd July 2017 / 4:47 pm

    Hi Charlotte – where does the butter come into it? Many thanks.

    • Clean Eats Charlotte
      2nd July 2017 / 4:49 pm

      Hi Steff. Thanks for your message – I’ve missed a step in the method! Now included though 🙂

      • Steff Harries
        2nd July 2017 / 4:51 pm

        Ah great, thank you! Just trying to make this now!

        • Clean Eats Charlotte
          2nd July 2017 / 4:51 pm

          Oh brilliant! Enjoy! ☺️

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