cacao date bars

Cacao Date Bars

Dates, walnuts, and cacao powder come together in a delicious,  raw, and healthy chocolate snack that is a great source of energy especially when you hit that mid-day slump.

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Cacao Date Bars: Healthy Chocolate Snack
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A Healthy Chocolate Snack

Often I find myself craving chocolate. Most snacks that involve chocolate are NOT healthy. Even though there’s articles about chocolate being healthy, it’s only relevant to cacao in the rawest form. So, really dark chocolate. 

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healthy chocolate snack

healthy chocolate snack
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Cacao powder mixed with a natural sweetener, such as dates, can provide that satisfying chocolate taste. Cacao powder will have minerals and it is not mixed with refined sugar. Dates have fiber and will provide a longer lasting energy supply rather than a quick rise in glucose and a crash. A healthy chocolate snack is the result and it does not have to be baked.

The recipe comes together in a matter of minutes. The ingredients are easily interchangeable in the nut category. If you have almonds available instead, the flavor may be different yet still delicious. 

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Cacao Date Bars Recipe


  • 2 c pitted dates
  • 1 1/2 c walnuts
  • 1/3 c cacao powder
  • 1/2 c puffed brown rice cereal (or equivalent)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, solid
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor
  2. Process until clumpy and able to form together well
  3. Press into a loaf sized pan or equivalent
  4. Refrigerate for approximately 2 hours before cutting bars



healthy chocolate snack

There you have it. Investing in a food processor is well worth it. Dates and nuts can make many quick, healthy easy snacks with so many combinations.

Check out my brownie bites and healthy candy bar recipes, both made in similar ways to these healthy chocolate snack bars.

Fresh Flavors: Dates, cocoa powder, and walnuts processed together create a healthy chocolate snack.


Let's get healthy together!


  • leigh

    April 8, 2019

    yes, indeed a healthy chocolate. Thanks for sharing

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  • Danielle

    May 28, 2017

    These were actually really yummy- sweet chocolate granola bar taste. I hate dates but gave this a try- I do not taste them other than the sweetness, which is and plus for me. One tip is to make sure to press them into the pan pretty firmly. I probably didn’t press it down as hard as I should and ended up with a few crumbly areas.

    • Mindy Voet

      May 29, 2017

      Great to hear! That’s a good tip to really press them down so they aren’t crumbly.

  • Jere

    February 14, 2017

    Mmm, these look delicious. I love dates and chocolate.

  • Danielle

    February 7, 2017

    These look absolutely delicious!

  • Nikki

    February 7, 2017

    These look wondferful! I love when you can have chocolate and healthy in one bite!

    • Mindy Voet

      February 7, 2017

      Thank you, it’s the best isn’t it?!


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