These no-bake Paleo Chocolate Bars include fruit and nuts. They are naturally sweetened with dates and are irresistible.
Mmmm... Do I ever have a treat for you today!!
See these glorious crunchy bars of chocolate? Aren't they just beckoning you to take a bite? I know that mine are calling me from all the way in the freezer, where I safely tucked them away to keep me from having all at once.
Now, guess what? These are actually kind of good for you. I found the recipe in the just-released cookbook "Make it Paleo II". So yes, these fruit and nut chocolate bars are even compliant with the paleo diet.
Make it Paleo II is written by Bill and Hayley (they are the couple behind Primal Palate), with Hayley's sister Caitlin.
Make it Paleo Has Lots of Great Surprises
Together they have written a beautiful cookbook that everyone can enjoy - even if you aren't following a grain-free diet. I am not. Still, I find so much inspiration for cooking delicious family dinners, making homemade condiments (processed-be-gone) and healthier baking.
There are over 175 creative recipes in Make it Paleo II and each one comes with a tantalizing image (drool alert).
The recipes are divided into categories from proteins (meats, poultry & eggs, seafood) to plants, drinks, savory & sweet things, and condiments plus some basics and projects (like homemade spice blends, ghee...).
Dietary Restrictions Are Included
Additionally, each recipe comes with notes for special dietary restrictions. By just looking below the title, you'll know if a recipe is dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free or night-shade free. And even handier, there is a chart in the back for an even quicker overview.
Also in the back, you can find a standard index, but also a visual index with a thumbnail picture for each recipe. How neat is that?
Bill, Hayley and Caitlin were so thorough with writing Make it Paleo II. I really appreciated the first part of the book, where they not only explain the basics of the paleo diet, but also talk about the ingredients, kitchen tools and cooking techniques used for making the recipes in this book.
Being an incurable sweet tooth, I was of course drawn to the desserts section first. These chocolate bars grabbed my attention right away. I mean, seriously, chocolate bars that are paleo, no-bake and sweetened with just dates? An absolute winner in my books.
The hardest part was waiting for one hour for the bars to set in the fridge 😉
Fruit and Nut Paleo Chocolate Bars
- 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate
- 1.5 tablespoons coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup raw almonds
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut shredded
- ¼ cup allergen-free semisweet chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life Mega Chunks)
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1.5 cups Medjool dates pitted
- Start by lining a loaf pan with plastic wrap. Leave overhang on one side for covering later.
- In a double boiler (or microwave in short bursts) melt bittersweet chocolate and coconut oil. Stir continuously. Once melted, take off heat and add vanilla.
- In a food processor chop almonds into small chunks (not too fine). Transfer to a bowl. Add shredded coconut, chocolate chips and salt and combine.
- Whirl the dates in the food processor until smooth (and form a ball).
- Pour melted chocolate mix into the food processor, scrape down the dates and process until combined. Add almond mix and pulse a few times.
- Transfer mixture back into the bowl and knead a little to mix. Press mixture into lined loaf pan and cover. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour.
- Cut chilled mixture into 8-10 bars or into smaller squares. Store tightly covered in the fridge (2 weeks) or freeze.
This post contains affiliate links. I was provided with a free copy of the cookbook.
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Chocolate rocks and so do you! Let's keep the cocoa train going!
I would love to try making the orange chicken!
i'm a big seafood lover so the spicy tuna dip sounds awesome!
A recipe from Make It Paleo II that I would like to try is the Lobster Fettuccine Alfredo; so it would be wonderful to have the opportunity to win the cookbook!
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These look so inviting! I may need to make a batch, sans coconut, of course. 🙂
Absolutely, they are so versatile. Shredded coconut is not a must 😉
no but i have the first one. i would love to try the empanadas
Isn't that awesome? Paleo empanadas! Some of the recipes just blow my mind 🙂
Mmm wow these look delicious! I love chocolate, so will definitely have to try making this recipe! Thank you!
Let me know what you think 🙂
The Cauliflower Carbonara Pasta looks beautiful. I love cauliflower and I'm always looking to use it in different recipes 🙂
Awww...thanks Carmina. I couldn't agree more. Cauliflower is so delicious and versatile
Hi Regina! This recipe looks gorgeous! This cookbook looks amazing with tons of exciting recipes! I think I would really love to try the Orange Chicken, Honey Sesame Chicken Wings , Lamb Barbacoa Tacos, the Chocolate Fruit and Nut Bars (of course!), and the Thai Fried Chicken with Tangy Mango Sauce. All of these recipes sound wonderful, I've tried making a few paleo recipes from other cookbooks and they've came out pretty nice but not as good as these recipes sound! Thanks so much for posting this recipe though! Definitely going to give it a try 🙂
Oh yes, there are so many amazing sounding recipes in this book. Hope you enjoy these bars 🙂
I so am going to try these this weekend. I've been looking for a 'healthy' alternative for my chocolate cravings. 🙂
Hope you and you family enjoy, Lorita 🙂
I MUST make the grain free fudgy brownies! I am addicted to chocolate so this needs to be in my life :).
Agreed. Everyone needs some chocolate in their life 😉
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These chocolate bars are little calorie bombs, but I know they are fantastic, Regina.
These look amazing. I've been doing healthy snacks lately on my blog and I could see these fitting in in the future.... 🙂
I'd love to make the Caramelized Fennel with Sweet Potato Puree - fennel's one of my favourite vegetables.
I didn't see a list of recipes, but did see some that were posted in the reviews and they look fantastic. Among those I saw I'd love to make the Beef Breakfast Hash.
Looks so delicious I cannot WAIT to try this recipe 🙂