These no-bake chocolate chia energy bars are one of my favourite quick snacks to make for busy days, weekend adventures and pre-workout snacks.
Would you rather homemade, vegan all-natural energy bars or store-bought “energy” bars with a long list of hard-to-pronounce ingredients? It’s homemade all the way for me! I made these last night and popped them in the fridge so they’d be ready for our hike this morning.
They’re very tasty, soft with a nice crunch to them. They’re also super filling! We each ate one on a 3-hour hike and that was plenty. I have lots left for the week which is great because they’re perfect as a pre or post-workout snack. The chia seeds, walnuts and coconut really help to keep you fuel and provide long-lasting energy.
The only downside is you might get a few chia seeds stuck in your teeth, but that’s not so bad is it?
Chocolate Chia Energy Bars
high in antioxidants
natural, whole food ingredients
easy to make
amazing rich chocolate flavour
perfect pre-workout for a natural energy boost
healthy essential fats
no baking required
vegan and gluten-free
To make these beautiful, delicous, nourishing chocolate chia seed energy bars, you’ll need some of my favourite ingredients:
Medjool dates – Nature’s candy, plenty of health benefits and one of my favourite foods. Shop here.
Chia seeds – One of my favourite superfood ingredients and a must-have for any healthy kitchen! Shop brands on Amazon.
Unsweetened shredded coconut – A must for no-bake vegan energy bars! Energy for days. I use Bob’s Red Mill.
Walnuts – A key superfood packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and awesome in no-bake bars. Shop raw walnuts on Amazon.
Dark Chocolate – High in antioxidants and phytonutrients. I like Green & Black’s Organic Dark Chocolate.
Once you have everything you need, it’s simply a matter of creating the “dough” in a food processor or high-powered blender. I use the Ninja Mega Kitchen System for all my no-bake bar recipes and I’ve been very happy with it. Then pressing into a baking pan, setting in the fridge then cutting into bars! Enjoy!
- 1 ½ cups pitted dates
- ⅓ cup cocoa
- ⅓ cup whole chia seeds
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 1 cup walnut pieces
- ¼ cup chopped dark chocolate or dark chocolate chips
- ⅓ cup oats
- Place dates in blender or food processor; purée until a thick paste forms. Add cocoa powder, chia seeds, vanilla, coconut and salt. Pulse until all ingredients are combined.
- Remove mixture from food processor and place into a bowl. Mix in walnut, chocolate and oats.
- Cut a large length of wax paper and place one end of it into an 8x8 pan. Press mixture into pan.
- Once it's pressed into all corners, flip over and out of the pan. Wrap the block tightly with the excess wax paper and place in the refrigerator overnight.
- In the morning, unwrap the block and cut into bars.
- Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
If you love chia seeds check out some of my other chia seed recipes:
Chocolate Coconut Chia Seed Bars – No-bake, vegan, gluten-free chocolate chia seed goodness
15 Amazing Chia Seed Pudding Recipes – Awesome collection of chia seed pudding recipes from my fave bloggers
Tropical Chia Seed Oats – Pineapple, oats and chia seeds for a tropical breakfast
Chocolate Chip Chia Seed Granola Bars – One of the most popular recipes on the blog
Chocolate Chia Protein Pudding – Delicious, healthy, filling chocolate chia seed breakfast
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