These date bars are made with cacao and almond butter and topped with melted chocolate and a bit of salt. Raw perfection at its finest!
I know it’s the new year and you’re only supposed to eat salads and not crave chocolate anymore, but that’s not necessarily the case. Well, not with me anyway. I love salads—LOVE them—but I also really really really love chocolate. Sorrynotsorry. I didn’t really go overboard with the Christmas candy this year, so perhaps that has something to do with it. Or the fact that it’s chocolate we’re talking about here.
Aside from chocolate, dates are considered nature’s candy, and if you’ve ever had them raw then you probably understand why. They’re naturally sweet, meaning they can make any recipe sweeter without having to add 45 cups of sugar. Have I mentioned that I love sugar? I do, but natural sugar is much better for the body (and heart and mind and everything else) then refined sugar. DUH, you knew that.
These bars are thick, chewy, chocolate-y with a very subtle taste of almond butter—topped with salt perfection. Salted chocolate is where it’s at these days, no? Since they’re raw, I automatically assume they’re just as healthy as eating broccoli and ate five bars in one day. Totally goes along with the whole ‘eat healthy after the holidays’ theme that America is going for. Raw bars ARE typically healthier, but try to limit your consumption. Actually, who am I to give advice? Don’t listen to me. I think it’s one of those ‘if I could go back in time’ situations because if I hadn’t eaten so many in one day then they would have lasted longer and I could be enjoying one right now!! Anger—sorry.
The good news is that Miguel requested that I make these again. The bad news is that I rarely listen to him. Wait..that sounds bad. Ya see, I love making new recipes, so revisiting old recipes is a rarity for me. But these were one of those ‘just throw into the food processor and voila!’ type deals, so that I think I can handle making them again. And when I do make them, I’ll be sure to savor them instead of shoving my face.
Well, I say that now, but I’m not making any promises.
Double Chocolate Date Bars
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Total Time: 20 mins
- Yield: 9 bars 1x
- 1 1/2 cup dates, pitted
- 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 3 tsp maple syrup
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp salt + extra for topping
- 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- First and foremost, make sure dates are pitted! Then, place dates and almonds into a food processor and pulse.
- Add cocoa powder, syrup, almond butter, salt, and vanilla to processor and pulse until everything is mixed together.
- Place mixture in a 5×8 pan and smooth out with a spatula**
- Place in refrigerator for approx. 10 minutes, allowing bars to harden a bit.
- Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil together in a microwave-safe dish.
- Remove bars from refrigerator and drizzle melted chocolate overtop; place back in the refrigerator for an additional 10 minutes.
- Cut, serve and enjoy!
**Mine didn’t fit perfectly in the 5×8 pan if I wanted the bars to be thick (which I did). So, I placed the mixture in the center of the pan and smoothed it out but didn’t allow the mixture to touch the edges of the pan.
Q: Are you still on the chocolate train or are you on a chocolate-free cleanse? Food bloggers: how often do you remake your recipes?