These healthy snack bars are vegan, raw, gluten-free, dairy free, egg free, Paleo and Whole30 compliant, and just pretty darn good for you. Don’t let all the health labels scare you, they taste great! This recipe is adapted from One Lovely Life’s Healthy Almond Joy Bars and I’m so happy I tried it.
These little bars are the perfect craving buster, pack well in lunches, and are best right out of the fridge or freezer. They taste a whole lot like a candy bar without the guilt. The best part is they are pretty filling. I might eat one or two small pieces for breakfast with a big glass of water when I’m in a hurry and I’ll be fine until morning snacks. I highly recommend making them and keeping them in the freezer. It’s so nice to have healthy snack bars ready when you need them.
Don’t let the dates scare you. They are kind of an odd ingredient but very easy to find (I get Medjool dates at Costco) and are a great natural sugar. I promise you’ll never know that you are eating dates once they are all mixed in with the rest of the ingredients. Just don’t forget to take out the pits. The first time I used them I forgot and almost ruined my food processor! Date pits are hard as rocks. Oops.
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- 2 cups pitted dates
- 3/4 cup raw cashews
- 1/4 cup nut butter (I used natural peanut butter)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 pinch salt
- Toss everything into a food processor and process until the mixture starts to go smooth and clump into a ball. The dates will be all chopped up but you’ll still have bits of nut.
- Turn the mixture out into an 8 or 9 inch square dish lined with parchment paper. Use your hands to firmly press the mixture into the bottom of the dish. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Remove the bars from the pan and cut into pieces using a sharp knife. Enjoy these bars cold or frozen. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge or freezer.
I think a high power blender could be used to make these, but I haven’t tried it myself.
This was a guest post over at Super Healthy Kids a few weeks ago and it was so interesting to see how their readers reacted to it. All I have to say is I wouldn’t trade you guys for anything. You are kind and helpful and I like you best.
If these healthy snack bars looked good and you are looking for other real food snack ideas I’d start here:
Healthy Peanut Butter Yogurt Fruit Dip
Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt Cups
Healthy Honey Coconut Granola
Healthy Tropical Smoothie
Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies (you’ll never guess what these are made of!)