These Date Nut Bars are made using wholesome nutritious ingredients and are amazingly healthy. They are Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free and No Bake.
Date Nut Bars
Homemade healthy snacks are easily made in a food processor with nuts, dates, coconut oil and cocoa powder. They taste better than any store bought packaged health bars and keeps well in the refrigerator for a guilt free treat anytime like the date balls.
Sweet, Chocolatey, Nutty and oh so Healthy! Made with just 4 pantry staple ingredients, they are vegan, glute free and dairy free as well. If you are looking for something sweet for snacking or an after dinner treat, but without ruining your diet, then these power balls are your best friend.
Why You'll Like This Recipe?
- Raw - This no bake recipe is made by just grinding ingredients in your food processor.
- Diet Friendly - These are vegan, gluten free and dairy free.
- Healthy - Made with real, good for you ingredients these are amazingly healthy and nutritious.
- Not Overly Sweet - It is not too sweet even though they are made using Medjool dates. The cocoa powder and nuts help to balance the sweetness.
- Tastes amazing - These tastes better than the store-bought health food bars and also is much more cost effective since they are made at home.
INGREDIENTS (Scroll to the bottom of the post for complete recipe)
- Dates - We used soft 18 large pitted Medjool dates. It was 9.5 ounces by weight (without seeds) or slightly more than 1 and ½ cups when measured.
- Nuts - We used a mix of whole almonds, cashews and shredded sweetened coconut.
- Cocoa powder - It helps to balance the sweetness.
- Don't grind nuts into a fine powder - Make sure to grind the nuts coarsely. The bars looks and tastes better with the crunchy texture.
- Grind dates smooth paste - Process dates and coconut oil into a smooth paste.
- Coconut - We used sweetened shredded coconut but feel free to use unsweetened variety.
- Make a small batch - Cut recipe in half to make a small batch.
- Store in refrigerator - Always store in the refrigerator and eat cold.
HOW TO MAKE (Scroll to the bottom of the post for complete recipe)
This is a very easy recipe that is made by just grinding all ingredients in a food processor.
- Grind nuts - Process almonds, cashews and coconut until coarsely ground (make not to make into a fine powder). Transfer into a bowl.
- Grind dates - Add dates and coconut oil into the now empty food processor and grind until it forms a paste.
- Finish processing - Add the ground nuts and cocoa powder and process just until it comes together. Don't grind too much.
- Shape - Shape dough into half to three-fourth inch thickness(we used loaf pan, but you can use any pan or shape without any pan), making sure to press well using the bottom of a measuring cup or flat bottomed glass. (A parchment paper or plastic wrap comes is recommended for easy clean up and storage)
- Chill - Wrap with parchment paper and refrigerate overnight.
- Cut - Cut into small bars and store in the refrigerator in air tight container.
How to store?
Refrigerate cut bars in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks. Sometimes i like to wrap individual bars in parchment paper for easy storage or gift giving. They can also be frozen for up to 2 months.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We don't recommend so! Coconut oil not only adds flavor but also helps in the bars firm up when refrigerated.
Absolutely! Just halve the recipe to make a smaller batch.
More Healthy Recipes using Dates
Date Nut Bars
- ¾ cup raw almonds
- ¾ cup raw cashews
- ¾ cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 18 large medjool dates, pitted (9.5 ounces by weight without pits) (refer notes to use smaller noor dates)
- 6 tablespoons coconut oil, melted until lukewarm
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- Add almonds, cashews and coconut into a food processor and process until coarsely ground (make sure not to make into a powder). Transfer ground mixture into a bowl.
- Into the now empty food processor, add dates (without pits) and coconut oil. Process until it is finely ground and forms into one mass.
- Scrape sides, add ground nut mixture and cocoa powder. Process for a few seconds until it is combined, making sure not to process too much.
- Line a large loaf pan or any flat bottomed pan with parchment paper (making sure that the parchment comes up the sides for easy lifting later). Transfer the ground mixture into the pan, spread evenly and pack very well using the bottom of a measuring cup or drinking glass.
- Place pan in the refrigerator overnight to firm up.
- To cut bars - Holding both ends of parchment, lift bars onto a cutting board and cut into 12 bars (or small bite sized squares). Transfer into a container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Eat them cold. They tend to soften if left at room temperature.
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Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats
I love that this is only 5 ingredients and a healthier alternative to other snacks! I can't believe the kids are already back in school! This summer flew by! These bars look so yummy Maria!
I’m in denial over summer ending so I’ll pretend I didn’t read that lol. But I’ll take these bars anyway! Love the low ingredient list
heather (delicious not gorgeous)
these look so tasty! i get free snacks at work but they're pretty unhealthy so i'll have to whip a batch up and keep it for the week (:
Easy to make and delicious! I will see if my seven and four year old agree…fingers crossed but they are yummy.
Have you tried freezing these?
Thanks for a great recipe
Glad you loved these bars. They freeze great - thaw at room temperature before eating, Maria