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Almond and cacao powerbars and why are you lonely?

Chocolate almond barsLoneliness

It’s a weird thing… And it creeps up on you before you realize: loneliness. I am not sure how it happened or when I started feeling it but it is here now. I have to give you a little background on this. Tom and I have lived together for 26 years and for most of that time we both had similar jobs as in similar working hours. But for the last three years he started working at the market and I had my photography job mostly. So that means I work during the weekdays and he works in the weekend. Not very convenient.

Chocolate almond bars

And lately I’ve started feeling a bit lonely in the weekends. Tom’s away, my friends are doing fun things with their families and I am home. Pretending to be busy behind the computer, editing photos, writing on my blogs or reading something. But feeling alone is a funny thing. It makes you question everything you do. I don’t know maybe it is just me or maybe I am going through a phase… Maybe it is a combination of being alone and not knowing where my life is heading. For years I’ve focused on becoming a better food photographer and getting more jobs but now that I am there, I am not sure if it is what I want anymore. I’ve done this for quite a while now. In total 12 years as a photographer and 7 doing only food. I still love it, but do I want to keep pursuing it as a career?

Chocolate almond bars

Blogging

I than thought I might be able to make a living blogging but I am not commercial enough by far. I say no to almost all advertising opportunities because it either doesn’t fit within my values or the product is crap or I just don’t feel a connection with the brand. So there is not much left. Doesn’t really work does it? I than figured I could make things like ebooks and other products that I could sell online, but that takes time too. And I am restless. God, when I write it down like this it looks like I am a total mess! Lol…

Maybe that is also part of the lonely feeling: too much time to think about things and no one to share my thoughts with.

So done with that!

So enough of that and on to the recipe of the day; these pretty powerbars. The recipe is from Donna Hay and I have to say they are pretty tasty but hard to keep in one piece. Be sure to read the notes in the recipe as I did make some changes that might not have been the best ones!

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Almond and cacao powerbars

Chocolate almond bars

Despite the few hours in the fridge they are very fragile so don’t make them too big!

  • Author: Adapted from Donna Hay
  • Yield: 20 bars
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: raw

Ingredients

  • 210 gr almond flour
  • 225 gr dates, without pit
  • 80 gr almond paste
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 160 gr white almonds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • raw cacao for dusting

Instructions

  1. Place almond flour, dates, almond paste, chia seeds, vanilla and almonds in a food processor. Turn for about 3 minutes or till it forms a clump.
  2. Press firmly into a lightly greased baking tray (using kitchen paper is a must!) of about 10 x 20 cm and smooth the top. Place in the fridge for a couple of hours to set.
  3. Take out and cut into bars.

Notes

  • The original recipe uses whole almonds only and not flour. I think that will work better in the recipe but I didn’t have enough almonds. Hence the flour. It works but as mentioned, the result is fragile.
  • While mixing I forgot to add the almond flour to it so again that might not have given the best results

Keywords: cacao, dates, almonds

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    angiesrecipes
    July 9, 2018 at 10:40 am

    I love healthy treats like this…though they are calorie-bombs, but I know they are good for me 🙂 Just done with my upper body strength training…wish I could grab a couple of them right now!! Question about the almond paste, did you mean the plain marzipan or did you make it yourself? I wonder if I could use some almond pulps from making the almond milk instead..

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      Simone
      July 9, 2018 at 12:46 pm

      No I don’t mean that. Maybe it is called differently; but you might call it almond butter? I use the ones I buy in a jar. It has nothing else added into it and has a peanut butter consistency. Does that make sense?

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    judee
    July 9, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    This is a great gluten free treat- pinning the recipe- I never really thought that I am feeling lonely since I retired. I was thinking I felt restless- but I think I miss the structure , the connection with co-workers, and the satisfaction of getting a steady paycheck for a job well done. I too turned to blogging but am not interested in the offers for products I don’t believe in and well my photography is mediocre at best. Thanks for sharing your feelings- it is making me think —

    • Reply
      Simone
      July 9, 2018 at 12:47 pm

      Thanks so much Judee. Maybe you’re right and it is more restlessness than anything else, but whatever it is… I don’t really like it! 😉

  • Reply
    GiGi Eats
    July 9, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    #1 these bars are absolutely gorgeous and they are just waiting for my to SINK MY TEETH INTO THEM. #2 blogging as a living is not for the faint of heart or impatient. I have been blessed in the blogging world as it is my fulltime job, but I have been doing it for 6.5 years and I know how to work it, and it takes time. #3 my dad has always told me a quote that really resonates with me on the daily… “I am never bored when I am alone” – and it’s true. I always find things to do, and luckily I love blogging and youtubing – so I do that in my spare time even though it’s “work”!

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      Simone
      July 9, 2018 at 6:55 pm

      He Gigi! Thanks for your comments and yes, I realize that blogging full time is definitely not for the faint hearted.. I’ve been blogging for 13 years and this blog we’re at now is just a side step… 😉 My regular blog is simoneskitchen.nl and has been around for 5 years I think it is now. And it’s weird right but I’ve NEVER been bored before either. It’s a new thing… And one I am going to slay very soon too!

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