These No Bake Chocolate Date Bars are quick and easy to make using simple ingredients.
I love making these ahead of time and eating them when I need a snack or am craving something sweet. With only 8 ingredients these bars are vegan, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened with dates.
TIPS WHEN MAKING THESE BARS
- The first thing you will want to do is soak your dates in warm water. I have found dates tend to dry out and soaking them in water rehydrates them.
- I highly recommend lining your pan with parchment paper. They will make the removal of the bars very easy. By not lining the pan the bars can get stuck easily.
- When making the base of these bars I recommend using a food processor or high powered blender. Pulse the ingredients until they have become a dough like texture.
- It is really important to use a rubber spatula or your hands to pack the first layer of these bars. If this layer is not compacted it can make a crumbly bar which we do not want.
- Did you know most chocolate has milk in it? To make this recipe vegan use chocolate which does not have milk in it.
WHAT TYPE OF PAN TO USE
For these bars I used a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan. I like using this size pan for the thickness and size of the bars. You can use a larger pan like a square pan, I would just recommend doubling the recipe so your bars are not too thin.
You can get super creative and use toppings that you already have in your pantry.
Here are some other great ingredients I recommend using.
Have leftovers? I have found the best way to store these is when I wrap them up individually or place them all in an airtight container. After wrapping them I then place them in the freezer until I am ready to eat them.
When you have them in the freezer for a long period of time you will notice the chocolate becomes really hard. Before eating them I would let them thaw on your counter for 5-7 minutes or until the chocolate layer slightly softens. Just keep in mind that the chocolate will slowly melt if left out for a long period of time.
These No Bake Date Nut Bars are:
Packed with Nuts
Only Require 8 Ingredients
When you make this No Bake Date Nut Bars I would love it if you would snap a photo and share it with me on instagram @itsallgoodvegan. I can’t wait to hear from you!
No Bake Date Nut Bars
- 1 ½ cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup raw walnuts, unsalted
- ¼ cup pepitas, unsalted
- 1 cup dates, with the pits removed, soaked in warm water for 15-20 minutes, then drained
- 2 tsp coconut oil , substitute for nut butter
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¾ cup dark chocolate or vegan chocolate chips
- 1 Tbsp pepitas, unsalted
- 2 Tbsp hazelnuts, chopped
- Line a 9 inch by 5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
- In a high powered blender or food processor combine the almond flour, walnuts, dates, coconut oil, and sea salt. Pulse until the ingredients have turned into a dough like texture. Add the ¼ cup of pepitas and mix until well combined.
- Transfer the date mixture to the pan. Using a rubber spatula or your hands press down the mixture into an even packed layer.
- Combine the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 second intervals stirring between each one until the chocolate has melted.
- Pour the chocolate on top of the date layer and spread it evenly. Sprinkle the pepitas and hazelnuts on top of the chocolate evenly. Pop the pan back into the freezer for 15-20 minutes until the chocolate has hardened.
- Take the pan out and cut them into bars. Place the bars back into the freezer for 20-25 minutes or until the chocolate layer has completely hardened.
- Immediately eat these bars or store them in the freezer until you are ready to enjoy them. The chocolate will slowly melt if left out for a long period of time.
Make it Your Own
- I use vegan chocolate or dark chocolate for the top layer. If you are not vegan you can use milk chocolate.
- Get creative and add any type of nut or dried fruit to the top of your chocolate.
- Have leftovers? Wrap them up individually or place them in an airtight container and pop them in the freezer.
It’s All Good Vegan Disclaimer
I am not a licensed nutritionist. I am simply sharing tasty vegan recipes. For nutrition advice, I recommend consulting a health professional.
IAGV will not be liable for any inaccurate or incomplete information.