Chia, Cacao & Macadamia Bars


A few months ago, I was asked by one of my readers if I was able to recreate the 3C slice from Thr1ve. I wasn't aware of the slice, but as I was in Brisbane at the time, I got myself a piece of it. It was really yummy and I was happy to try and come up with a similar version. From what I could tell, it was made with cashews, chia seeds, dates and cacao nibs.

This week, I finally decided to give it a go and I believe I have made something similar, which I have called - Chia, Cacao & Macadamia Bars. As you may or may not know, I am a huge fan of Macadamias and tend to use them in my most of my dessert recipes.

I have to admit that these Chia, Cacao & Macadamia Bars taste pretty good and my husband believes that they are similar to the 3C slice that is sold at Thr1ve. The main difference that my husband thought, was that the 3C slice was more dense, which could be from the equipment that was used to make or from slightly different ingredients.

So I am going to make it again soon and try a few different variations and see if I can make my version a bit more dense. If I am successful, I will update the recipe and will advise on social media and to my email subscribers. Having said that, this version is really tasty and I think that you will like it.

I am keen to know what you think. So as always, please let me know in the comments below.


Ness xo


Chia, Cacao & Macadamia Bars

Makes 26-30


  • 12 dates, pitted
  • 80 grams macadamias
  • 75 grams shredded coconut
  • 50 grams cacao nibs
  • 50 gram chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder


Add all ingredients to a high speed blender or food processor and process until it resembles fine crumbs and sticks together when pressed.

Spoon mixture into a lined slice tin (22x22cm) then press down with the back of a spoon (or with a smaller slice tin), so that it is smooth. Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours until firm.

Remove from the refrigerator and slice into bars. I recommend storing it in the refrigerator as it does soften when left at room temperature.


Vanessa Vickery (or Ness as she is also known) is a qualified nutritionist and a mother of two energetic toddlers. She created Becomingness, a health and wellness website, to help women achieve their health and wellness goals by providing accurate, accessible information, as well as offering valuable products and services that promote motivation, empowerment, self-belief and happiness. She is also the author of the eCookbook, BecomingSweet – say yes to dessert again! Come say hello and follow Ness on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest.


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