Nakd Cocoa Delight from Natural Balance Foods
Everywhere you look these days, there seems to be a new healthy snack bar pop up. I'm pretty sure you've heard this line before, “Being healthy is expensive.” You've probably even said it. All the natural and unprocessed health bars in the world could do wonders for your health, but what is it doing to your wallet? Maybe being healthy CAN be good for mind, body, soul, AND wallet.
Nakd bars, brought to you by Natural Balance Foods, have hit the scene! You know what? They are pretty dang delicious. Some nutrition experts say to only purchase and eat items that have five or fewer ingredients, which most of these bars happens to accomplish. If they have so few ingredients, why not make them at home and save a few bucks?
Nakd Bars Price Breakdown
Nakd bars aren't sold in every grocery store yet, so you might have some difficult finding them on a store shelf. You can rely on good ol' Amazon to satisfy your need for them though!
Nakd Cocoa Delight bars will cost you $22.99 for a box of 18 bars.
The price per bar only goes up from there if you choose to by them in smaller quantities.
Homemade Copycat Recipe
Don't wait for your Nakd bars to show up at your doorstep or waste time searching your grocery store for them. Grab the five ingredients below and an affordable food processor to make your own at home. This recipe yields enough to make roughly 12 Nakd bars worth.
1 cup cashews (salted or unsalted)
1 cup dates
½ cup raisins
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
- Soak cashews in water for 30-60 to soften and make easier to blend.
- Add cashews (drained), dates, raisins, cocoa powder and vanilla extract to food processor. Process until mixture is a thick dough-like consistency.
- Use cling wrap or wax paper to line the container you wish to place the mixture. An 8″ x 8″ pan or large tupperware work great!
- Pour mixture into container and press down firmly.
- Place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
- Remove from refrigerator and container to cut into whatever size/shape you like.
Depending on your taste, you can choose to switch our normal cocoa powder for dark cocoa powder for a richer taste or use another flavored extract to switch it up a bit.
Homemade Price Breakdown
Now that you've got your tasty homemade Nakd copycat bars in hand, let's see how your bank account is going to benefit.
When making these at home, each bar costs about 79 cents! Pretty sure that's cheaper than a candy bar these days let alone a health food item.
You'll start off spending around $25 initially if you have none of these ingredients at home, and depending on that quantity over time and frequency you make the bars, that initial investment could pay off in the long run.
Which Saves You More?
Let's do some math, shall we? Let's assume that you enjoy 18 Nakd bars per month from Amazon vs. what it will cost to make them at home for one year.
*Ingredient prices are based on Walmart.com and Amazon.com on 12/18/17.
Using the homemade recipe can save you over $100 a year! That's $105.24 to be exact. Even if you invest in a quality food processor, you'll still save a decent chunk of change opting to make these at home and impress your mom when you tell her that you eat dates.