Paleo Dark Chocolate Crunch Bars

Dark Chocolate Crunch Bars • Paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, soy-free, no sugar or sweetener added

Why does something so simple to make have to be filled with so many chemicals and processed ingredients when packaged and sold in stores?

I know there are a lot of brands now making granola and energy bars without all the harmful,  processed ingredients and they are readily available in almost all health food stores. But why pay top dollar if you can make your own at home in less than 10 minutes and save money and be 100% sure of what you are consuming?

I suggest you go to the bulk section of the supermarket and get a handful of ingredients to make these delicious, healthy treats. All you’ll need is a blender or a food processor to mix the ingredients.

These crunchy, chocolaty energy bars are the perfect snack to take on the road with you and I know your family with love them. I hope you enjoy them and again please feel free to post any comments or feedback you may have.

Paleo Dark Chocolate Granola  Crunch Bars

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Paleo Dark Chocolate Crunch Bars
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ⅓ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup raw almonds
  • 1½ tablespoons raw cacao nibs
  • 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • ½ cup dates, pitted (about 5 large Medjool dates)*
  • ½ cup dried apricots*
  • 1 oz 70% dark chocolate, melted
  1. in a food processor or blender pulse the cashews and sunflower seeds until roughly chopped
  2. in a large bowl, combine the chopped cashews and sunflower seeds along with a ¼ cup of almonds (reserve remaining ¼ cup), cacao nibs and cacao powder
  3. in a food processor or blender, pulse the dates and apricots until a creamy paste forms
  4. add the dates/apricot paste to the bowl containing the nuts in step 2 above
  5. using your hands, mix all ingredients together until combined. Your mixture should be crumbly, but not too much to where the ingredients won't hold together. If that happens, pulse a few more dates in your food processor until creamy and add to the mixture to achieve the right consistency.
  6. line a 4x8-inch loaf pan with parchment paper and press the mixture onto the bottom of the pan. Depending how thick you want your bars, you may only spread the mixture across one half (1/2) of the pan like I did here.
  7. press the remaining ¼ cup of almonds firmly onto the top of the mixture
  8. chill in freezer for about 30 minutes
  9. cut into 1-inch squares and drizzle top with melted chocolate
*If needed, you can soften your dates and apricots by soaking them in water for an hour before processing them in your blender or food processor. Discard the water before processing.

Recipe yields approximately 20 1-inch squares.


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  1. Dominique / @blaumohn_ March 16, 2014 at 4:43 am Reply

    When I got the blog post with these yummy looking crunch bars, I had to try them on the same day straight after work. They are very easy and quick to make and taste absolutely delicious! I modified the recipe a little bit, I added some walnuts, hempseeds and instead of dried apricots I put some dried cranberries inside.
    My daughter (who would never eat dried fruits, but loooooves chocolate) tried the bars and told me to make them every day, so that she could eat chocolate every day 🙂 (I didn’t tell her about the dates and the cranberries and she didn’t seem to notice.. I just told her it’s healthy chocolate :-)) So, everybody’s happy and I just love all your healthy chocolate recipes! Love from Switzerland, Dominique (@blaumohn_)

  2. Cheri March 17, 2014 at 5:18 am Reply

    Oh my god, this is amazing! You’re a genius!

  3. Cave.biddy November 22, 2014 at 2:00 am Reply

    This recipe is spot on!! It was easy to make and was great to take to work as a snack. IT is very filling:) Thankyou for this great soy free, dairy free, gluten free, grain free (paleo) recipe :)) Next time I will reduce the amount of apricots for my taste and increase dates- I can’t wait to make this again.

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