Easy No-Bake Choco-Date Brownie Bars (Vegan)
Who doesn’t love snack bars?! They are the perfect thing to have around when those sweet tooth craving strike. Plus, when they are easy (like this recipe) to throw together, without using your oven, you have no reason not to make these!
This just-sweet-enough recipe is packed with fiber and healthy fats. Just be sure to watch your portion sizes because they are addictive!
- 1 cup chopped dates
- 1 to 1½ cup hot water
- Cooking spray
- 1 cup rolled (not instant) oats
- 1 cup almond butter or other nut butter
- ¼ cup cacao or cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp salt
Soak the dates in hot water for 10 minutes (dates should be just barely covered) and drain, saving the water.
While the dates are soaking, line an 8x8-inch (20x20cm) pan with parchment paper so that extra paper hangs over the edges (you’ll use this later to remove the bars from the pan). Coat the paper lightly with cooking spray.
Place the oats in a blender or food processor and process until they turn into a flour-like consistency. Add the drained dates, nut butter, cacao powder, and salt. Process until finely chopped.
If the mixture is very dry or won’t process, add 1 tbsp of date water until it becomes more malleable.
Remove from the processor and spread evenly into the pan. Refrigerate for at least an hour so it will set.
Remove from the pan and cut into 16 squares. This will keep about 4-5 days in the refrigerator. ENJOY!!