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.

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. 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.


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

Healthy No-Bake Snack Bars

  • Author: Melissa - 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

Keywords: homemade snack bars, healthy snack bars recipe, lara bars recipe, healthy school snacks, after school snacks, healthy snack ideas

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

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!)

Healthy Snack Bars

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36 Responses
  1. Stacy Davis

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

    1. Melissa

      Sometimes if you over process the nuts they start to turn into nut butter instead of just the chopped nuts. I bet that’s what happened in your case!

  2. Anne

    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! 🙂

  3. Joan Harris

    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

  4. Laura

    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.

  5. Fiona

    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 🙂

  6. I would love to make something like this to throw in my daughter’s lunch kit for snack time….but our school has a no nut policy! Any ideas on how to make something like this that is nut-free?

    1. Ugh. I’ve heard about that kind of things and it sounds hard! I live in a tiny town and we are still allowed to bring homemade treats for brithdays 🙂 It helps when the grades have about 20 kids in each, total! That being said, I’m no help. It’s so nut heavy…. You could just try chocolate and dates but it would be really stick and I think the taste would be too much of one thing. I’m going to ponder this. What about coconut? Maybe you could go really heave on coconut?

      1. Milena

        Are you allowed seeds? You may want to add sesame, flax seed, chia, sunflowe seeds, pumpkin seeds…. all of the kind, and the bars will be yummie and healthy

    2. andrea

      I made something similar to these for my daughters lunch using raisins and shredded coconut and sunflower seeds. I rolled them into balls instead of cutting into squares but they were a hit! I like the date/nut combo more personally but as a nut free version the raisin was great.

    1. Jenn

      I tried the figs. I think they are a little dryer than dates but I love the flavour. (Sometimes dates can be just too much.) I will maybe add more peanut butter next time.

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As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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