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Raw Chocolate-Chia Energy Bars

Whole chia seeds add nutritional punch and crunch to these chocolate treats.



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1 ½ cups pitted dates
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⅓ cup raw unsweetened cocoa powder
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⅓ cup whole chia seeds, such as ReNew Life Ultimate ChiaLife
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½ tsp. vanilla extract, optional
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¼ tsp. almond extract, optional
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1 cup raw slivered almonds or raw shelled pistachios


1. Place dates in bowl of food processor; purée until thick paste forms. Add cocoa powder, chia seeds, and vanilla and almond extracts, if using. Pulse until all ingredients are combined. Add almonds; pulse until nuts are finely chopped and well distributed through date mixture.

2. Spread large sheet of wax paper on work surface, and dust with oat flour, if using. Transfer date mixture to wax paper, and use paper to press mixture into ½-inch-thick rectangle. Wrap tightly, and chill overnight.

3. Unwrap block, and cut into 8 bars. Dust edges and sides with oat flour, if using, to prevent sticking. Rewrap each bar in wax paper.

Nutrition Information: 

5 g
Total Fat: 
8 g
Saturated Fat: 
<1 g
31 g
0 mg
2 mg
7 g
22 g
Makes 8 bars

Comments on this Recipe

I added a little water to the mix, to help it stick better. Tastes awesome, my 8 year old loves to eat them. Very filling.

1/3 cup of water really did the trick. I wonder if the original recipe called for fresh dates?

This recipe rocks!! It is so easy to make and really demystifies "raw" food for me. The bar tastes better than any commercial raw bar on the market.

This recipes does taste great! I have been a loyal buyer of those awesomely expensive green chia (chocolate-dipped) bars, but this recipe is great, almost the same and you can add your own green powder to the recipe to make it similar. My kitchen is being re-done right now, and I can't believe all I needed was my *extremely* small and cheap food processor I bought at the drug store, and the ingredients. Also, I was skeptical about no salt but they taste great! Better than the ones I buy for almost $3 a pop. Cool. Now, to dip in chocolate or not? Now that summer's here, and there's yummy cocoa inside, doesn't really need it - but I might try anyway! Thanks for the great awesome recipe!

Horrible to make! it broke 2 of my food processors.What a waste of money for the ingredients. Very disappointed

These, for me, turned out super crumbly. The flavor was great, but the bars did not stick together at all!

This recipe is great! i improvised this recipe a bit. While making the puree of the dates, it was tough to grind, so i added around 1/4 cup of water. I also roasted rolled oats and mixed into the mixture. To make a good binding of all the ingredients, i added 1 table spoon of agave nector. And voila! it was one amazing energy bar! My husband and i love having these bars just before hitting the gym, to get some energy after a hard day at work.

every time we have a potluck at work, the team asks me to make these! very good and easy to make!

Sounds good, but it seems like you would definitely need to SOAK the dates for 30 minutes first!

I just read that ONE DATE contains about 16g of sugar!!!! Is this true?? NO WONDER IT'S CALLED 'ENERGY BARS!'

I keep on reading other comments where the bars are "crumbly" or you need to "SOAK the dates"... All my bars have come out right so I suspect that the other users are using un-fresh/old dates to make their bars. I give this recipe a 10/10. :D p.s. If your processor broke, it's the processor not the recipe.

This recipe is awesome, tastes like brownie batter prior to hitting the fridge! Have made it multiple times and can say the type, quality, and length of time the dates have been waiting in the fridge to be used really affects the moisture level....so just add water when needed- no problemo! When I originally began using this recipe I had a rather cheap food processor and have since been lucky enough to upgrade, my current power house does have a much easier time (making it less likely additional water is required)....I don't think I would be happy to burn out a processor on this recipe, so use caution with the cheaper guys, but it can still be done! Yummy!

I made these today, I toasted pecans and used them instead. These are delish! I did have to use about 1/4 cup of water to help them bind in the processor. I will make these again!

soak the chia seeds for just 5 minutes in 1 -2 TBS of almond milk ( milk or just plain water). liquid activates the chia seeds and they turn very gelatinous no need for other binding ingredients The first time i made them, they did fall apart, not this time

For how long this bars stay fresh?? :)

Please, if you are going to offer a "superfood" recipe, it should be accompanied by nutritional and caloric information to be really useful. Take responsibility or all aspects of what you recommend we eat.

I will definitely try these. I would mostly likely not use the extracts and use more fruit for flavor. I think adding chia to this 3 ingredient recipe would be good too: http://messnkitchn.blogspot.com/2013/03/energy-bars-make-your-own-vegan-gluten.html

My husband fell in love with the Health Warrior Chia bars you get at Whole Foods. He likes them packed in his work lunches. The only problem is that they are $2 apiece and loaded with Agave and brown rice syrups. Since we try and abstain from refined sweeteners, I was blessed to find this recipe. I substituted carob powder for the cocoa and added a tablespoon of PB2 to make them peanut butter flavored, like the Health Warrior ones. The "batter" was so delicious! Even though mine aren't 100% raw, I'm glad they aren't overly processed or expensive. It will be a nice treat for my husband to take to work. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!

are you soaking the chia seeds first?

These sound good

These are delicious!!!

They sound great and I get to use my food processor for something other than hummus. I would like to know the serving size and the calories. Thank You.

I made them and the the cocao was really strong. next time i am going to substitute a sweeter fruit for dates and see how they come out. I will mess with the recipe BUT I WILL GET IT RIGHT. Anyways thanks for the great recipe!

These are delicious! The only change I made was that I used walnuts instead of almonds because I realized I was out of almonds AFTER i had already put the other ingredients together! It definitely has a very dark chocolate taste, which I love!

I'm going to try these.

These sound good and pretty easy. I think I will try them.

Love these so much, making them for the 3rd time today with a friend! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I also did add water to the dates, it helped with the consistency. Thanks again!!!

Lovely brownie taste with a crunch. I also added a bit of water and rolled them into balls instead of bars for less faff. I think they will be a staple in my fridge for a chocolate fix.

I am going to try these but am going to substitute pitted dry plums which I use in a lot of my no bake bars.

These look delicious.. I really have to give this recipe a go! - It's hard to get a lot of these ingredients down under in Australia - try this website .. I usually shop from there http://naturalfoodsonline.com.au

How much water may one add?

I have been using this recipe now for two years! Love it! They are a great alternative to prepackaged energy bars. I bring about 3 or 4 of these for my long bike rides (30-50 miles). They keep me full and provide enough energy to keep me going. Plus I can make enough for about 3 or 4 rides for what it cost me to buy prepackaged bars for 1 ride.

Oh, for the ones that are asking about adding water. I don't add water, I buy dates the day I plan on making them. I get the ones from the bins, but make sure they aren't dry though. Just pliable enough. Dates will give your processor a workout though, I have to stop and spread the mixture around. You could try the packaged dates like from del monte, but I find them to be too soft. They get mashed up in the heat towards the end of the ride.

Chia seeds are definitely enhanced nutritionally by soaking/germinating them. Add the fact that it will make the whole bar hold together better as they become gelatinous when soaked, and it's a win/win no brainer! I, too, would like to see the nutrition content for any and all recipes offered. Thanks, can't wait to try these - - - - -

Sounds, great will to try these bars. Thanks

I LOVE these! Just what I needed to fuel my long runs without filling me up too much. Thanks so much for sharing x

Love these and I make a batch every Sunday and pray I have enough to last the week :)

Mine crumbled into dust after their overnight press in the fridge, so I put my deist powder into a bowl, added two cups of water, and called it pudding. The first cup was hot, the second cup was room temperature. Very tasty.