Homemade ‘nak’d’ style bars

I made the mistake of letting my 3 year old try some of the nak’d bar I was eating once and she didn’t stop asking for one afterwards- well that’s all great (one of the best mass-produced products out there) except that if she has one her sister wants one and they’re not cheap! So- given that the ingredients are clearly marked on the back of each bar I decided to have a go at making my own in an attempt to reduce the costs!

Well the kids were more than happy with the results! I made these ones with cacao and so I think next time I’ll do it with cocoa instead (that’s the actual listed ingredient) to make it that little bit more chocolaty!


175g dried dates

150g sultanas or raisins

225g unsalted cashew nuts

2 tablespoons of cacao or cocoa powder

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

Unless you’re using medjool dates you’re best off soaking the dates first- pop them into a large bowl and pour over boiling water until they’re covered.

Leave them soaking for 15-30mins to plump up slightly.

Drain off the water and pop the dates into a food processor

Add the sultanas,

The cashew nuts,

The vanilla essence,

And the cocoa powder.

Blend everything together in the food processor- it might take some time to get it smooth but just keep blending!

Until it looks something like this!

Line a loaf tin with some cling film

Pour the mixture into the tin and smooth down

Until you get a flat top.

Pop it into the fridge to firm up for at least an hour (or overnight!)

Turn out into a chopping board and remove the cling film

Cut into 12 slices

Wrap each slice in a piece of grease proof paper (stops it melting in children’s hands later!)

Store in the fridge for 3 weeks- if they last that long!

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