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4.88 from 8 votes

Healthier chocolate bars

A healthy alternative to store-bought chocolate bars, these treats are made from chocolatey dates and nuts with a cocoa and maple syrup topping.
Prep Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Desserts and sweet treats
Keyword: chocolate, dessert
Servings: 15 bars
Calories: 348kcal
Author: Dannii Martin


For the base:

  • 500 g mixed nuts I used pecans and almonds, but any will work
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil warmed to a liquid
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 440 g pitted dates softened in boiling water for 10 minutes then drainedFor the topping:
  • 4 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil warmed to a liquid


  • Line a square 25 cm/10 inch shallow baking tin with cling film (plastic wrap).
  • First make the base. Put the nuts in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add the coconut oil and cocoa powder and process again to combine. Finally, add the dates and process until smooth. I like it with a few chunky pieces of nuts through it.
  • Tip the mixture into the baking tin and pack it down evenly. Transfer to the fridge for 2 hours.
  • When the base is ready, make the topping. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and stir until combined. Pour the mixture over the base and use a spatula to spread it out evenly. Return the bars to the fridge for another hour until the chocolate topping has set.
  • Slice into 15 pieces and serve. These bars melt quickly, so are best stored in the fridge until you are ready to eat.



Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 447mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1.9mg