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No Bake Chocolate Walnut Bars

These No Bake Chocolate Walnut Bars are sweetened with dates and pair perfectly with a glass of milk for a healthy dessert!

These No Bake Chocolate Walnut Bars are sweetened with dates and pair perfectly with a glass of milk for a healthy dessert!

~by Regan Jones, RD

I debated a name for these all afternoon:

These No Bake Chocolate Walnut Bars are sweetened with dates and pair perfectly with a glass of milk for a healthy dessert!

Raw Walnut Fudge

Kit's Chocolate Coconut "Copycat" Bars 

5 Ingredient Raw Chocolate Brownies

Big Squares of Heavenly Deliciousness...


These No Bake Chocolate Walnut Bars are sweetened with dates and pair perfectly with a glass of milk for a healthy dessert!

...what's in a name though, right? 

The important thing here is the ingredient list. Short and simple: dates, walnuts, unsweetened chocolate, coconut oil and salt.

And maybe even more important? NO BAKE. 

Yes, yes, yes to more chocolate in your life. And less time cooking in the kitchen. Right?

I originally developed these bars a few years ago at a time when I was avoiding too much added sugar in my diet. That principle is still important to me, but...

(Sidenote: I've since learned to embrace the beauty of a little pre-workout sugar. If your trips to the gym fall flat, take note of what you're eating ahead of time. A little sweetness might just be the difference between having energy to burn and feeling burned out.)

... in the time since I first developed these, I've come to realize that the real nutrition benefit isn't just what ISN'T in here, but what IS -- walnuts. 

We've known for years that walnuts fall into a category of foods that have a protective effect against heart disease. And while walnuts are a rich source of "good fats," emerging research suggests at least part of this benefit may actually start a bit farther down the line from your heart -- in your gut.

At a recent conference I attended (my attendance was partially funded by support from California Walnuts) I learned about new research that showed when animals were fed a diet rich in walnuts, they experienced a significant positive change in the bacterial make-up of their gut microbiome.

You've heard me applaud the changes that grain-based fiber-rich foods can have on the GI system. But it's increasingly clear that numerous plant-based foods, including walnuts, have a beneficial effect, as well.   

These No Bake Chocolate Walnut Bars are sweetened with dates and pair perfectly with a glass of milk for a healthy dessert!

So whether you want to eat these as a flourless brownie for a chocolate fix OR tell yourself you need one all in the name of good gut health, I'm with you. Big Squares of Heavenly Deliciousness are always a good idea.

 

These No Bake Chocolate Walnut Bars are sweetened with dates and pair perfectly with a glass of milk for a healthy dessert!

   These No Bake Chocolate Walnut Bars are sweetened with dates and pair perfectly with a glass of milk for a healthy dessert!

 

These No Bake Chocolate Walnut Bars are sweetened w/ dates & pair perfectly w/ a glass of milk for a healthy dessert
These No Bake Chocolate Walnut Bars are sweetened with dates and pair perfectly with a glass of milk for a healthy dessert!

No Bake Chocolate Walnut Bars

Yield

8 servings

Ingredients

  • 10 to 12 pitted dates or pitted Medjool dates
  • (about 120 grams) 2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 3/4 cup raw walnuts
  • (about 90 grams) 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Swerve or sweetener of your choice (if desired)

Directions

  1. Pulse dates and walnuts in food processor until very finely chopped.
  2. Melt chocolate in microwave on HIGH in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval. Add coconut oil to melted chocolate and stir until smooth; spoon over date mixture in food processor. Add salt and pulse until mixture loosely forms a ball.
  3. Spoon mixture into an 8-inch loaf pan lined with parchment. Refrigerate until firm (about 2 hours). Cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.

 

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ReganJonesRD

ReganJonesRD
Regan Jones is the Founding Editor and Sponsorship Director of HealthyAperture and is the author of the QUICK FIX KITCHEN Feature - a collection of recipes that focuses on shortcut cooking without shortcut taste. Her recipes largely focus on baked goods and desserts ranging from gluten free to sugar free to slightly indulgent eats for the entire family, but also include easy everyday recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Jones is a registered dietitian and owner the web's most prominent portfolio of dietitian-owned websites, including HealthyAperture.com, TheRecipeReDux.com, BlogBrulee.com and RDs4Disclosure.org. She is also the host of the podcast, This Unmillennial Life, which was recently named New & Noteworthy on iTunes.
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