These no-bake superfood energy bars are vegan, gluten-free, packed with nutrition and taste amazing!

A stack of 4 large energy bars sitting on parchment paper.

Ingredient Notes

These bars require a number of ingredients but are easily customizable to whatever you have on hand. Let’s take a look.

  1. Almonds. Almonds are the main dry ingredient but they can be substituted with cashews, pecans, walnuts or any combination of nuts up to 1 cup total.
  2. Seeds. The recipe calls for a mixture of seeds: hemp seeds, pepitas, chia seeds, and ground flax. These are all interchangeable so just work with what you have to reach a total of 10 tbsp.
  3. Cacao powder. If you don’t have cacao powder you can use regular processed cocoa powder. They are interchangeable but the cacao powder adds more nutrients.
  4. Dates. The dates bind the recipe and hold everything together so they cannot be substituted. It’s important to use soft, moist dates, so if you feel your dates are too dry, soak them in hot water for 15 minutes then drain well before using. Medjool dates, sayer dates or deglect noor are all suitable.
An energy bar on a plate with a bit taken out of it.

Recipe Method and Tips

You will need an approximately 7×7 inch square baking pan, parchment paper and a food processor to make this recipe. Let’s take a look at the steps – it’s easy!

Make the Dough

Process the almonds into a coarse, grainy flour. It’s totally fine if there are some larger chunks left behind, they add crunch!

Blended almonds in a food processor.

Next, add all the superfood goodies! I used hemp seeds, chia seeds, ground flax, pepitas, cacao powder, sea salt and cinnamon.

Chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, cocoa powder and hemp seeds in a food processor.

Finally, add the dates and blend into a thick, sticky dough. If it’s not sticking together after 30-40 seconds on high, add 1 tbsp of warm water and continue blending until it does.

No-bake chocolate energy ball dough in a food processor.

Form the Bars

To form the bars, line a small square baking pan with two strips of parchment paper so the paper sticks out either end. Once you’ve prepared the pan, dump in the dough and firmly press it to the pan.

Quick Tip: To get the bars nice and smooth on top, wet your fingers and use them to smooth out the surface.

A baking pan of chocolate energy bars.

Top with Chocolate

Finally, the chocolate topping! This is optional but recommended, of course! Melt some dark chocolate or dairy-free chocolate chips in the microwave or stovetop, then spread the it over the bars using a spoon or spatula.

Pop the entire pan into the fridge or freezer and let it sit until the chocolate has hardened.

Melted chocolate spread over bars in a small baking pan.

Slice and Enjoy

The bars are now ready to enjoy, yay! Use the edges of parchment paper to lift the bars out of the pan and onto a cutting board.

Before you slice the bars, here are a couple of quick tips to help prevent the chocolate from cracking:

  • let the bars sit at room temperature for 10 minutes
  • use a thin, sharp knife and heat it under hot water for 30-seconds before slicing the bars
  • score the bars with lines before you slice all the way through

Slice the bars into 8 large bars or 16 smaller squares and store them in the fridge or freezer.

Chocolate covered energy bars sitting on parchment paper.
Sliced chocolate energy bars sitting on parchment paper.
A stack of chocolate energy bars on a small plate.

Recipe Details

So, what makes these superfood energy bars? Well, every single ingredient in these bars adds its own host of health benefits ranging from essential fatty acids to protein, to various vitamins and minerals, to powerful antioxidants.

Plus, they taste incredible and are topped with chocolate. That alone is enough to give them a try! They’re easy to make in a food processor, no baking required and can easily be adjusted to suit whatever superfoods you have on hand.

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A stack of 4 large energy bars sitting on parchment paper.

No-Bake Superfood Energy Bars

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 16 squares 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Diet: Vegan

These healthy no-bake superfood energy bars are packed with nutrition thanks to superfoods like hemp, chia, flax and pumpkin seeds. Top with melted chocolate for a treat!


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Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Place the almonds in a food processor and blend into a coarse, grainy flour.
  2. Add everything except the dates and chocolate and mix until broken down.
  3. Add the dates and process until it forms a thick, sticky dough.
  4. Line an approximately 7 x 7 inch square baking pan with two strips of parchment paper so they stick out the sides of the pan. Tightly press the dough into the pan.
  5. Melt the chocolate on the stovetop using a double boiler or in a microwave safe bowl in 15-second increments, stirring often.
  6. Evely spread the chocolate over the bars using a spatula or the back of a spoon.
  7. Place the pan in the fridge until the chocolate has hardened, about 20-30 minutes.
  8. Carefully lift the bars out of the pan and let sit at room temperature 5-10 minutes to allow the chocolate to soften slightly. Run a sharp knife under hot water for 10-seconds then dry and score the bars into 8 large bars. Slice into 8 bars. If desired, slice each bar in half so you have 16 squres.
  9. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freezer for up to 3 months.

Keywords: no-bake, superfood, healthy, snack

UPDATE NOTE: This recipe was originally published on March 19, 2014. It was updated in March 2020 with new photos and text.