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No-Bake Chocolate Chia Energy Bars

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 14 bars 1x
  • Category: Snack, Dessert
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free

These double chocolate energy bars are a serious crowd-pleaser. They take just minutes to prepare in a food processor and after setting in the freeze, you’ll have delicious, homemade energy bars ready to enjoy.


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Ingredients


Instructions

  1. It’s important to use soft, moist dates in this recipe. If your dates are on the dry side, place them in a bowl and cover with hot water. Soak for 15 minutes then drain well before using in the recipe. If you’re unsure, it can’t hurt to soak the dates first.
  2. Add the walnuts to a food processor and blend until broken down into a grainy consistency. It’s ok if there are some larger chunks left behind but they should resemble a coarse flour.
  3. Add the dates and blend until the dates and walnuts form a thick, sticky paste.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until it forms a thick dough. You should easily be able to press the dough together between your fingers. If it seems too crumbly (this can happen if the dates were dry), add 1-2 tbsp of warm water and process again.
  5. Line a square 7 or 8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper so it sticks out over the sides of the pan. Use your hands to firmly press the mixture into the pan, taking a few minutes to make sure it’s really pressed down, especially in the corners. You can wet your hands if it helps to smooth the top out.
  6. Place in the freezer for at least 1 hour to firm.
  7. Lift out of the pan using the edges of the parchment and cut into 14 bars.
  8. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge or freezer.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 234 calories
  • Sugar: 17 g
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28 g
  • Fiber: 7 g
  • Protein: 4.5 g

Keywords: chia seed bars, plant-based, no-bake, homemade, healthy, easy