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Paleo Bars – That Taste Like Chocolate Brownies

These fudgy chocolate paleo bars are a wholesome & filling snack that tastes like dessert!

chocolate larabars

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No added sugars

No eggs or flour

No baking required

The best part about these completely vegan & paleo snack bars is that they don’t need to be refrigerated, making them a great “on the go” healthy option. If you’ve ever tried a store-bought Larabar, this is the same basic concept. The bars are made up of wholesome ingredients, including dates, nuts, and antioxidant-rich cacao powder; and you can customize the recipe by varying the add-ins each time to make different flavors.

(Step-by-step recipe video below)


Custom Flavor Ideas

Chocolate Almond Joy Bars: Use raw almonds instead of walnuts, and add a handful of shredded coconut or 2-3 tbsp melted coconut butter before processing.

Nutella Paleo Bars: Use hazelnuts as your nuts of choice, and you can also add 1-2 tbsp of my Healthy Nutella Recipe if desired.

Chocolate Orange Paleo Bars: Use cashews or walnuts, and add 1 1/2 tsp orange zest before processing.

Super Chia Paleo Bars: Use any nuts you wish, and throw in 2 tbsp chia seeds before processing.

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I first made this recipe almost eight years ago… and it is still one of my favorites today!

If you make the plain chocolate version or any of the variations, please feel free to post a picture of your results in the comment section below or tag ChocolateCoveredKatie on Instagram so I can see and like your pictures.

These fudgy chocolate paleo bars are a wholesome and no-bake snack you can feel good about eating.

Chocolate Paleo Bars

(Chocolate Brownie Larabars)

Paleo Bars – That Taste Like Chocolate Brownies

Total Time: 5m
Yield: 6-8 bars
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  • 1 cup raw nuts, such as walnuts or pecans (100g)
  • 1 1/3 cup pitted dates (220 g)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tbsp cocoa or cacao powder
  • optional heaping 1/8 tsp salt (I always add this)
  • optional chocolate chips or broken-up chocolate bar
  • optional chia seeds, shredded coconut, etc.


*Medjool dates tend to be softer. If your dates are hard or dry, soak them in boiling water for a few minutes to soften them.

Process all the ingredients in a high-quality food processor until fine crumbles form. (A blender technically works, but texture will be stickier and tougher.) Smush into bars – I like to transfer the crumbles to a ziploc bag and roll out the dough from inside the bag. Chocolate chips can be added before or after processing, and feel free to experiment with different nut combinations.

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Published on April 20, 2017

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  1. Crystal says

    Lovely! We are a big Larabar family and we sadly ran out today, so this was perfect! A few tips from our experience:
    1. I soaked my dates about 7 min ahead of time, then ran everything through my Vitamix. With the tamper, it did quite well. Nuts were still a bit chunky but nice texture overall.

    2. I rolled my dough between two pieces of parchment paper.

    3. We used cookie cutters to make them into fun shapes for the kiddos.

    Thanks Katie!

  2. Fiona Mc says

    I made the almond choc but added some oats too balance the coconut oil I had added too much of. I made them as a pre-easter treat for my yogis who loved them.

  3. Leslie says

    I used raw almonds and adjusted the quantities as I still cannot get the dough consistency you show. Nonetheless they are amazing and I could eat these all day long, lol!

  4. KelleyJ says

    I made these thinking – how good can they be? But holy moly they are even BETTER than brownies. Can’t get over how delicious they are! I will make these again and again and again!

  5. Lisa says

    I used almonds & chocolate chips, then added some chia seeds at the end.I made ‘balls’ instead of ‘bars’ because the consistency was kind of crumbly, but nonetheless, delicious. They did firm up & weren’t too crumbly after they rested for a bit.

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