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Chocolate Paleo Bars

5 from 17 votes

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

chocolate larabars

5 ingredients

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 healthy 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.

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.

larabars homemade

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 rate the recipe or leave a comment below.

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

These healthy chocolate paleo bars taste like chocolate brownie larabars and are great for snack or dessert.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 6 – 8 bars
5 from 17 votes


  • 1 cup raw nuts, such as walnuts or pecans (100g)
  • 1 1/3 cup pitted dates (220g)
  • 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.
    View Nutrition Facts


For a low carb version, try these Keto Protein Bars.

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Published on April 20, 2017

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  1. Sandra says

    I don’t think the nutritional facts page is loading correctly (I tried it with two different browsers). The recipe looks amazing though! It looks really similar to the chocolate cookie pie crust recipe.

  2. Raquelli says

    Hi Katie, what an awesome idea! A quick question for you: don’t you need to hydrate the Chia seeds before adding them in?

  3. Kathryn says

    I just made your Hot Cocoa larabars recipe as a crust for your Healthy cheesecake of dreams last weekend! Two of my favorites. So good! I need to experiment more, though. I always stick to the same recipe- because I love it so much!

  4. Miriam says

    Katie, in my gluten-free brownie bites, I use walnuts, like you suggest in your recipe. From the photo, I see you used almonds. So you probably tried a few varieties. What works best?

  5. Lizzy says

    Dear Katie,

    These look incredible! I was wondering which online recipe nutrition calculator you use? I used to use, but they shut down, and I can’t find any other online nutrition calculator that gives me the nutrition facts PER GRAM or per WEIGHT rather than per serving. I was wondering what site you used to calculate this, as I would like to know the nutrition of my foo per weight, rather than “per serving”, as it is much more accurate!
    I can’t wait to try these out!!! 🙂

  6. Cid says

    These tasted awesome! The only trouble I had was forming them into bars. They stayed crumbly. Should I have soaked the dates?

    • Jason Sanford says

      I’ve never had that issue, but it sounds like either maybe the dates weren’t medjool? Or just process longer and the nuts will release their natural oils.

  7. Cayla says

    These are so good. Seriously , they taste extremely brownie-like. I want to eat the whole pan. By myself, Right now. My kids are hounding me for more lol.

  8. Aivile says

    Hey! Mine turned out to be very sticky and did not harden. I used fresh and soft dates, so what could have gone wrong?

  9. Jessica says

    Delicious! Made the almond joy version this morning. Wow, I love them. 7 smartpoints for those of us counting. Way better than some of the energy bars out there. Thanks, Katie!

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. Annie says

    Hi! I made these and they were SO GOOD! I was wondering if I could include a link to this recipe on one of my blog posts ( for my favorite healthy snack recipes. I just wanted to ask your permission before doing anything. Thank you. 🙂

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