These chocolate covered nut bars are simple to make and they taste so decadent! They’re gluten-free, paleo-friendly and made with clean ingredients!
Paleo Granola Bars (gluten-free)
These chocolate nut bars make for perfect snacks – they’re sweet and filling!
The bottom portion is made up of a combination of nuts and dates. The top layer is just chocolate and coconut oil! So really, you just need like 4-ish ingredients to make these babies.
I used a combination of walnuts, macadamia nuts and almonds for the base of these bars – but you can use whatever combo of nuts you want (or have in your pantry).
As much as I’d love to have this be a “raw” recipe, it tastes 100 times better after some oven lovin’. Baking the bars gives the nuts a toasty flavor and the heat sort of caramelizes the dates which results in them melting right into the nuts. This is what keeps the bars together so well. If you were to leave the base raw, you’d end up with very crumbly bars. Trust me, baking them is key.
Once they’re out of the oven, you can serve them as is if you want. BUT, adding a thin chocolate layer makes them taste so much more like a dessert. Just melt some chocolate with a little coconut oil then pour it right on top. Put the pan in the fridge until the chocolate hardens – then slice and serve!
You can even cut them into long bars and eat em like paleo granola bars 🙂
These chocolate covered nut bars are picky-husband approved, which hopefully means they’ll be picky-child approved too. Because really, aren’t picky husbands and picky kids kind of the same? (or maybe I have a lot to learn?). Either way, someone in your family is bound to love these bars.
- 2 cups nuts I suggest: 1 cup walnuts, ½ cup almonds, ½ cup macadamia nuts
- 2 cups pitted dates delget noor or medjool
- 3 ounces chocolate
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- Add the nuts to a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground.
- Pour the nuts into a bowl.
- Add the pitted dates to the food processor and blend until the mixture becomes a sticky puree.
- Pour the date puree into the bowl with the nuts and mix well.
- Scoop the mixture into a parchment-lined 8×8 glass dish and press down.
- Bake at 350F for 15 minutes.
- Allow the pan to cool completely.
- Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together in a bowl (you can use a microwave or the double boiler method by melting the chocolate in bowl over a pot of simmering water).
- Pour the melted chocolate on top of the baked nuts and place in the fridge to harden.
- Slice and serve!