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Horizontal image of dark brown rectangular cookies stacked with parchment paper on a wooden surface with almonds and cashews.

Healthy Chocolate Date and Nut Bars

  • Author: Kelli McGrane
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 14 bars 1x


Made from just a few simple ingredients, these homemade chocolate date and nut bars taste like a brownie that’s actually good for you.


  • 1 cup (about 67 large) Medjool dates, pitted 
  • About 1 cup of hot water, for soaking the dates 
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews 
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • Optional: up to 1 tablespoon of water


  1. Measure out ingredients.
  2. Place dates in a small bowl and cover with hot water. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, or until dates are soft. Drain and set aside. 
  3. Meanwhile, place nuts and salt in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. 
  4. Add drained dates and cocoa powder to the food processor. Pulse until well combined and the batter holds together. You may need to stop a few times to scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula. If batter is too dry and crumbly, add water, 1 teaspoon at time, to reach the desired consistency. 
  5. Transfer to an 8-by-8-inch or 9-by-7-inch baking dish and press to evenly distribute batter. 
  6. Place in freezer for 15 minutes, or until slightly firm. Cut bars into 14-16 equal pieces and wrap in parchment paper. 
  7. Store bars in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months or in the fridge for up to 7 days.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Bars
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: Snacks

Keywords: date, cashew, almond, cocoa powder