All Natural Cocoa – Mint Fruit and Nut Bars

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on August 7, 2012

I’ve come to a realization…  This might sound silly, but, have you ever all-of-a-sudden realized you’ve just been spending too much time on the computer?  Not even productive time, just wasting time, really.  It doesn’t happen all at once, it just slowly creeps in.  I’ve been (mistakenly) thinking that it’s OK to spend a little more time on the computer getting things done while my kids are occupied.  But it’s not.  Even if you don’t have kids, have you ever realized that why you’re stressed out is because of the computer?

Lately, I’ve been wanting to spend a little more time working on the blog, and in my mind I guess I equated that with spending 5 minutes extra here and 10 minutes extra there on the computer, but I’m realizing that that’s just stressing me out.  My plan of attack is to go through my reader and only keep what I actually, really enjoy.  And until my son starts school in September I’ll be posting twice a week(plus my weekend post) and then we’ll see from there.

Have you ever realized that you were slowly spending more and more time doing things you don’t really enjoy?  I do love blogging, but it’s turned into more of a job than a creative outlet, and that’s not what I really want.  I definitely know I need to spend some more time in the kitchen, for my own sanity!  Who’s with me?  Let’s cut out the things that are stressing us out and spend more time on the things we really enjoy!  For me, that means less computer time, and way more time in the kitchen or in the backyard with my kids 🙂

Now that that’s off my shoulders… These bars were created because my mint plant has gone crazy.  I seriously don’t even know if it’s one plant or 3265709 because it’s everywhere.  Kinda awesome.  Kinda not, because it’s everywhere, but I do love mint 🙂

Just note that these are best stored in the freezer.  The mint is fresh(and the flavor does kind of take over the bars) so I think it’s best if they’re kept cold unless you’re eating them all right away.  Enjoy!


Cocoa Mint Fruit and Nut Bars

Makes 8-10 bars

  • 3/4 C almonds
  • 3/4 C Medjool dates
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4-1/3 C packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder

In a food processor, process almonds until finely ground.  Remove and place in a bowl.  Add the Medjool dates to the food processor and blend until no large whole pieces remain.  Add in the nuts, salt, mint and cocoa and process until combined.  Even if the mixture is crumbly, pour it out in the loaf pan lined with plastic wrap or paper.  Press down firmly until it sticks together and spread evenly in the pan. Pull the bars out and slice into individual servings.  Wrap or store in a sealed container in the fridge or freezer.


For thicker bars, don’t spread out evenly in the loaf pan, just form it into one side of the loaf pan.

You may need to place the pan in the fridge or freezer for a short amount of time until they’re firm enough to pull out and slice without changing shape too much.


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1 Erin @ Texanerin Baking August 13, 2012 at 12:29

Oh no. That’s no good. What about posting only twice a week? That’s what I do and I can’t imagine do any more than that. And I have 0 kids and a part-time job.

These look interesting. Love the lack of sugar! 🙂 I’m not a fan of fresh mint but they do look good!


2 ally August 10, 2012 at 17:05

these look so good! and healthy! and flavorful! the best kind of snack.


3 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking August 10, 2012 at 08:29

Hi Heidi,
You’re not alone, i’m so not good at this “time organizing” thing. Some days I sit down, thinking of a new post, and end up browsing Pinterest or Facebook, or both, and what was supposed to be a 30 minutes writing thing turns into a couple of hours wasted time and still no new post written 🙁

these bars sound great. I just published a round-up of snack bars, these would fit right in!


4 August 9, 2012 at 18:33

Ymm! great recipe and it looks so good! Thanks for sharing 🙂


5 Joanne August 9, 2012 at 05:13

These sound to me like mint chocolate versions of larabars…which MUST be delicious!

I used to spend more time wasting time on my computer than I do now that I moved my piano from my parents’ house to mine. Now I spend a lot of time playing it! But that at least feels productive.


6 August 8, 2012 at 16:38

These sound so great!!! I love it.


7 Heather August 8, 2012 at 12:05

I couldn’t agree with you more – I have really made it a point this summer to really enjoy my Summer and still enjoy blogging but not become obessive with it = taking breaks here and there and still keeping up with my favorite blogs.

These bars look really good!


8 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies August 8, 2012 at 11:58

My blog takes up so much of my time and there are definitely parts of blogging that I don’t enjoy. But since my blog has become a job for me, I make myself do them. ;( I’ve been trying to set more regular hours, though, and put the computer away after dinner. Sometimes it’s easier said than done! I hope your new schedule is less stressful for you!


9 chinmayie @ love food eat August 8, 2012 at 02:47

I can’t agree with you more! The most tiring part of blogging to me is social media and visiting all my visitors! It really does take a lot of time. I have been trying to unsubscribing from blogs that I don’t really check that often to save time and sanity as well.
This week for example I took a small break to consciously spend more time with my husband instead of being on the computer all the time!


10 Kathryn August 8, 2012 at 02:38

Yup, it’s so difficult when you have a family or other commitments to find that balance between living life and blogging about it. I hope you do manage to find that balance.


11 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 7, 2012 at 21:24

I think you and I are both dealing with the same realizations at the moment! This post = story of my life. I would love it if these bars could magically materialize over here too. Cheers to staying off the computer a bit more 🙂


12 Kibby August 7, 2012 at 16:05

Hi Heidi! I completely AGREE with you! I have realized the very same thing recently. Sit down to write a QUICK post and I’ve been here several hours (surfing in between too). I agree with taking some time away from computer and truly LIVING and enjoying things that make us happy. The blogging is a creative outlet for me, but sometimes I put too much pressure on myself to post articles, when I really would LOVE to be playing in the kitchen with new recipes to try out or go outside and enjoy my organic garden (pull weeds!). Thanks for this post – it brought more awareness to me about the subject and is MUCH appreciated.

I love the simplicity of this bar and the flavor combinations. I just posted an energy bar recipe on Monday. I will make this one though. I love different variations and I, too, have LOTS of mint to play with (orange, chocolate, apple & regular). The possibilities! I enjoy your blog and wish you LOTS of quality time with family and your passions. Look forward to your next musings! 🙂


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