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No-Bake Dark Chocolate Nut Bars (vegan, gluten-free, Paleo, refined sugar free)

No Bake Dark Chocolate Nut Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo, No Refined Sugar)

Angelina
Satisfy your sweet tooth without any guilt with these No Bake Dark Chocolate Nut Bars - sweetened with dates and loaded with cashews, peanuts, and hazelnuts. (Vegan, gluten free, & paleo)
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 9 bars

Ingredients 

Base

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 3 Mejdool dates pitted

Filling

  • 15 Mejdool dates pitted
  • 3 tbsp natural almond butter or peanut butter
  • ½ tsp salt

Topping

  • ½ cup hazelnuts halved
  • optional100 g dark chocolate 70% cocoa or more, melted

Instructions 

  • Line a loaf pan (9 x 3 inches or 8 cup) with parchment paper.
  • To make the base, place the dates and coconut oil in a food processor. Blend until they form a paste consistency. Add cashews and process until it forms a sticky mixture (about 30-45 seconds).
  • Press the cashew mixture onto to the bottom of the lined loaf pan. Place in freezer for 15 minutes.
  • To make the filling, process dates with peanut butter, and salt in a food processor until well combined. After 15 minutes, remove pan from freezer and evenly spread filling over base. Gently press hazelnut halves over filling. Place back in freezer for 1 hour.
  • Once set, remove from loaf pan and cut into 9 bars.
  • Melt dark chocolate in double boiler. Dip bars into the melted chocolate. Let the chocolate set about 10 minutes before placing the bars in refrigerator to completely set.
  • Keep bars refrigerated until ready to serve. Store for up to 1 week in refrigerator.
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