Chocolate-Date Squares

April 16, 2012 in Categories: , by

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Chocolate Date Squares-013 copyI am finding myself playing with raw fruit and nut bars a lot these days.  Partly because dried fruit is a very healthy way to sweeten a treat (you get to keep all the fiber and minerals from the fruit), partly because they are so quick and easy to make, partly because they are portable enough to pack in a lunch, and partly because they are so yummy!  This variation is a favorite of my 5-year old (even though they aren’t super chocolate-y).  This is enough to press into half of a 9”x9” pan (you can double this recipe if you have a large food processor, mine can only handle this much at a time).  You could also use a standard loaf pan, press it together on plastic wrap, or roll into balls.  If you want to boost the chocolate flavor, you could add ¼ cup chocolate chips at the same time as the dates.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hr to chill

Serves: 4


1.    Place nuts and pepitas in a food processor and pulse a few times to grind fairly fine.
2.    Add dates and cocoa powder to food processor and process until finely ground and starting to clump together.  If it doesn’t clump together a little bit or the dough feels a little dry to the touch, add one more date and process again.
3.    Press into half of a 9”x9” pan.
4.    Chill for at least 1 hour before cutting into squares or bars.  Enjoy!


I have two idea. First, you might just need to process a bit longer. It can seem to stay crumbly and then all of a sudden the date pieces are small enough that it holds together. Second, you could try adding 1 or 2 more dates. I hope this helps!

Though I can’t imagine these lasting very long, how and how long can you store them? Can you freeze them? I’m hoping to start doing a lot of large batch/freezer cooking soon and would love to have snacks to make too. Thanks!

Amazingly quick and yummy. I added a pinch of salt and a couple dribbles of vanilla too. These would also be delicious rolled in coconut or a salted chopped nut. Thanks!

Today was our first serious Paleo Day. It went amazingly well. My son (4 yrs), like your daughter will not or can not chew meat. He actually ate the Mustard Rosemary chicken. I then made these squares. They LOVED them! My oldest (6 year old daughter) asked, “How do these taste so good?”

What can I replace the Cashews with? my son is very allergic to them 🙁 scares me to think of having them in the house!

These sound fabulous! Must try! You know, I am wondering…if I threw in some toasted, shredded coconut, these might just replace the $7, tiny little bag of coco-roons I buy from Whole Foods…hmmmmm

I’ve made versions with pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and coconut (usually okay in nut-free schools, but worth asking). also have a version where they used unsweetened banana chips. Plantain chips would also work.

I may have missed it; but in your Facebook post you mention adding a little protein powder and gelatin…I like the idea of the gelatin, how much do you usually add?

These were delicious! I doubled the cashews and left out the pumpkin seeds.
I made these today and ummmm… They are gone!
Do you have the nutritional info for each square or the entire recipe? Just curious??

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I would love to make this recipe, but I am trying to avoid chocolate. Can I safely omit this ingredient and still have them turn out ok? Thanks

Any chance you soak your nuts prior to preparation? I never know when I should/shouldn’t! I just love the ease of a date bar (and my Larabar budget keeps getting smaller and smaller).

Hi. I was browsing through your (I think) sight and saw fish shaped cut-out snacks. I can’t seem to find it now. Any idea….thanks

[…] I like to keep Lara Bars on hand but if I have some extra time I will make these to have as my snack for the week.  They are not super sweet but just chocolaty enough to satisfy the occasional craving.  My older son has a nut allergy so he can’t have these but my little guy likes these “chocolate bars.”  Recipe taken from […]

Can you substitute deglat dates instead of medjool? And would u recommended soaking the deglat dates first since they are usually drier than medjool?

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