Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Bars

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Photo by Katie Noble / Styled by Catrine Kelty

Back to school is always a hectic time of year. Make life easy and keep everyone in your family happy and energized by making these yummy no-bake bars. Have fun with the recipe and sprinkle the top with toasted coconut or chopped nuts. This recipe is based on one from Pinch of Yum, among my favorite websites for delicious baking recipes.

Makes 12 bars

BASE / TOPPING:
1½ cups toasted nuts (walnuts, pecans or almonds)
1½ cups rolled oats
8 whole Medjool dates, pitted
½ cup coconut oil, melted
pinch salt

CHOCOLATE FILLING:
½ cup cocoa powder
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
¼ cup liquid sweetener (agave, maple syrup, honey) You may adjust to taste (we used Lyle’s Golden Syrup).

Spray 8- by 8-inch pan with nonstick spray. Cut parchment paper and lay it into the pan. Set aside.

Make the base/topping: Pulse nuts, oats, pitted dates, melted coconut oil and salt in food processor until it forms a sticky dough. Remove ¾ cup of mixture and set aside. Press remaining dough into baking pan. Set aside.

Make the filling: In small bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, melted coconut oil and liquid sweetener of your choice. Pour over crust and spread with offset spatula.

Crumble remaining dough on top and press gently into chocolate filling to get it to stay in place. Sprinkle with sea salt and chill in freezer for 2 hours. Remove from freezer, cut into bars and serve.

Storage: Store bars in freezer. Because these are not baked, they are best enjoyed when frozen.

This story appeared in the Fall 2018 issue.