Healthy Homemade Snack Bars Recipe

These Easy Homemade Snack Bars are healthy and taste amazing! They taste like Almond Joy bars and are perfect for school lunches or afternoon snacking.

White Chocolate and Craisin Granola Bars and Crunchy Oat and Honey Granola Bars are great bars for snacking on too!

Healthy Homemade Snack Bars

An Easy and Healthy Homemade Snack Bar Recipe

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.

Healthy Snack Bars - naturally sweetened and good for you too!

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.

Healthy Snack Bars - naturally sweetened and good for you too!


Do I take out the pit of the dates?

The first time I used dates I forgot to take out the pit and almost ruined my food processor! Date pits are hard as rocks. Oops. So don’t forget to take them out.

Can you freeze these snack bars?

Yes! 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.

Healthy Snack Bars - naturally sweetened and good for you too!

Healthy Homemade Snack Bars

Healthy No-Bake Snack Bars

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless This Mess
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 20 1x


These Easy Homemade Snack Bars are healthy and taste amazing! They taste like Almond Joy bars and are perfect for school lunches or afternoon snacking.



  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: American
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 28
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 85.4 Fat: 4.9g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 35.7mg Carbohydrates: 1g Sugars: 7.5g Protein: 2.2g Vitamin A: 1µg Vitamin C: 1mg

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I do roast dates in 1 table spoon pure ghee for 4 to 5 minutes on law flame and than add rest of ingredients. It gives better taste ( we love it)

Love, love, love this recipe! Dates + cashews are a perfect combo and no bake is my favorite thing ever! I need to try these for sure.

I made this today and they are very good. I used shelled pistachios and added chia seeds. Amazingly easy and delicious!

Its very yummy but my bars are very oily do you know why?

Hi, has anyone tried these without the cashews, or have you substituted the cashews for something else? My daughter is very allergic and I wouldn’t want to keep these in the house. I would love any ideas on how I could make these work. Thanks! 🙂

Sometimes I get headaches from nuts, esp peanuts. I looked up replacements for nuts and found coconut butter. That might be an option.

Delicious! Mine weren’t quite holding together, so I added a generous tablespoon of coconut oil. Next time I would consider adding ground flax seed, chia, anything yummy such as pumpkin or sunflower seeds

Yummy! loved them

WOW! These looks so yumme.

I was so excited to make these, they sound like just what I need for a quick substantial snack while taking care of my 9 month old…but they burned out my Cuisinart! 🙁

I will admit my initial skepticism, but I was determined to make a healthy snack bar so I made these anyway. Can I tell you how much I LOVE them? I’ve been converted. I am a believer. Oh my heavens they are delicious. I eat a little piece in place of dessert sometimes and it fills the craving perfectly. I’m also a college student (I believe they call me a “mature” college student but I don’t fee terribly mature *snicker*) and so I wanted to find a healthy option that I could eat on the go. I do not want to succumb to the vending machines or other fast food options when I am hungry, so these are a perfect addition to my healthy portable snack options. I’m also a distance runner and I was thinking these will be perfect after a long run. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I love it and I will be making it for years to come.

Are you supposed to use dry dates or fresh?

Ended up making them with dried. You can get fresh some places.
These are amazing! I loved them. Will for sure be making them again. Thanks!

Hi there, these look yummy! I am hoping you can help me, when you say 2 cups, can you tell me how much that weighs? I’m in Europe so not familiar with cups 🙂

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