Cranberry & Cacao Squares

Difficulty: Easy

Makes 12

You might have noticed that I’m not the biggest sweet breakfast fan however I do tend to start my days during the week with packaged raw bars and a piece of fruit because it’s damned easy. This week I thought I would try my hand at making my own breakfast bars and the best thing about doing it is that I could add exactly what I wanted, using ingredients I just had lying around.

Cranberry & Cacao Squares


Cacao Base

  • 1 cup chopped medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup raw hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup vanilla protein power
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 3/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil

Cranberry Top

  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries (try to get unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1 teaspoon beetroot powder (optional but provides great colour)
  • 2/3 cup coconut
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs

Cranberry & Cacao Squares


  1. Grease a square muffin tin (or small rectangular dish) with coconut oil and set aside.
  2. Make the cacao base by combining all ingredients, except the coconut oil, in a blender or food processor until completely blended.
  3. Add the coconut oil and process again until you have a fine, slightly moist mixture.
  4. Pop an even amount of the mixture into each portion of the tin, press down firmly and evenly.
  5. To make the cranberry top by blending the dried cranberries, cashews, beet powder, coconut and chia seeds until completely blended.
  6. Add the coconut oil and process again like before.
  7. Evenly distribute the mixture into each portion of the tin and press down again firmly and evenly.
  8. Sprinkle cacao nibs on top and press them gently into the top layer.
  9. Cover the tin and place in the fridge to set for one hour.
  10. To remove the squares from the tin, run a knife gently around the outside of the moulds and tap gently on the bench. Keep in the fridge until you’re ready to eat them (or wrap for work/school/uni).

Cranberry & Cacao Squares