No-Bake Chocolate Energy Squares (Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Grain Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

The temperatures are getting warmer and I don’t like using my oven as much. I like to keep the house as cool as possible without needing to use the A.C. With the price of hydro these days, it gets really expensive. So to help keep the house cool, I like to make no-bake treats when possible.

As most of you know by now, I love chocolate! :D These are not only chocolatey, but are great for you! Naturally sweetened with dates and add in the seeds, nuts, flax and raw cacao, you are getting filled with antioxidants as well as healthy fats.

You can have them plain or top with chocolate chips, melted chocolate, unsweetened coconut or anything else you can think of. Mix up the nuts and seeds to make these bars your own great flavour!

No-Bake Chocolate Energy Squares

 

No-Bake Chocolate Energy Bars (Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Grain Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

1 1/2 c. dates- soaked in boiling water for ten minutes

1/2 c. almonds

1/2 c. sunflower seeds

1/3 c. pistachios-shelled

1/3 c. ground flax

1/3 c. raw cacao or cocoa

1/2 c. almond butter (or desired nut butter)

1 tsp. vanilla

1/4 tsp. sea salt- optional

1/2 optional toppings- unsweetened coconut, chocolate chips, melted dark chocolate

Soak dates and set them aside. Put nuts, seeds, and flax into food processor and pulse until chopped or ground(the texture is up to you).

Drain dates and add to the food processor. Also add in cocoa, almond butter, vanilla and sea salt. Pulse processor scraping sides frequently, until completely mixed.

Press mixture into an 8″ x 8″ dish. If using optional toppings, add now. For everything except the melted chocolate, press into bar mixture.

No Bake Energy Squares

Let harden in the fridge. Cut into 2″ x 2″ squares. Keep refrigerated or frozen.

Shared On: Real Food Recipe Round Up, Motivational Monday, Mix it up Monday, Fat Tuesday, Waste Not Want Not, Gluten Free Tuesday, The Yuck Stops Here, Gluten Free Wednesdays, Allergy Free Wednesdays, Wellness Wednesday, Gluten Free Fridays, Real Food Fridays, Foodie Friends Friday, Get Him Fed

 

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20 Comments on No-Bake Chocolate Energy Squares (Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Grain Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

  1. Carol
    July 2, 2014 at 4:08 pm (4 months ago)

    These look SO delicious – yum!

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    • sandisallergyfreerecipes
      July 3, 2014 at 5:20 am (4 months ago)

      Thanks Carol!

      Reply
  2. Ai Lin
    July 4, 2014 at 6:32 am (4 months ago)

    Wowee, these energy squares are incredible – nearly everything done in the food processor. I love your toppings too, so nicely decorated!

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    • sandisallergyfreerecipes
      July 4, 2014 at 4:16 pm (4 months ago)

      Thanks Ai!

      Reply
  3. heidi
    July 4, 2014 at 5:11 pm (4 months ago)

    These sound fantastic. And I like that it has dates in it. They are some of my favorites.

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    • sandisallergyfreerecipes
      July 4, 2014 at 5:59 pm (4 months ago)

      Thanks Heidi! I’m trying to use dates more in my baking.

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  4. Julie V.
    July 4, 2014 at 5:38 pm (4 months ago)

    Very cool recipe! The dates must make these so sweet. Thanks for sharing.

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    • sandisallergyfreerecipes
      July 4, 2014 at 5:47 pm (4 months ago)

      Thanks Julie! The dates don’t make them overly sweet, but just right. Trying to add dates into my baking more these days.

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  5. Joanne/WineLady Cooks
    July 4, 2014 at 9:28 pm (4 months ago)

    I’ve been wanting to try a no bake energy bar, will definitely give this a try – I love chocolate and nuts. Thanks so much for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday Party this week. I’ve pinned and shared.

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  6. Marla
    July 6, 2014 at 10:48 am (4 months ago)

    Great recipe Sandi. I will share this on twitter & pin it. Thanks for sharing Real Food Fridays Blog hop.

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  7. Cheryl
    July 7, 2014 at 1:05 am (4 months ago)

    They all look so good, I’m not sure which topping I would choose! Thanks again for being an awesome part of The Yuck Stops Here recipe link party this week! See you Tuesday. HUGS

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  8. Danielle @ Poor and Gluten Free
    July 8, 2014 at 5:10 pm (3 months ago)

    These look so good! If only I weren’t allergic to both almonds and dates :( Regardless, I’m featuring them tonight on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday and pinning them, so thanks for sharing, Sandi!

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    • sandisallergyfreerecipes
      July 8, 2014 at 11:34 pm (3 months ago)

      Thanks Danielle! Sorry that you can’t eat them :(

      Reply
  9. Donna
    July 8, 2014 at 8:37 pm (3 months ago)

    Can I get the same outcome by using a Vitamix blender? I do not have a food processor. This is perfect for my needs. Thanks

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    • sandisallergyfreerecipes
      July 8, 2014 at 11:33 pm (3 months ago)

      I don’t have a Vitamix but I would guess you could use it. Just don’t over blend it.

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  10. Cheryl
    July 8, 2014 at 9:08 pm (3 months ago)

    Congratulations! Your recipe was one of my favoties and is featured on The Yuck Stops Here recipe link party this week! Please come pick up your “I’ve Been Featured” button anytime you have a chance! Congrats again & HUGS!

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    • sandisallergyfreerecipes
      July 8, 2014 at 11:32 pm (3 months ago)

      Thanks Cheryl!

      Reply
  11. Brenda
    July 9, 2014 at 10:51 am (3 months ago)

    Looks wonderful but did I miss something? I didn’t see a “printer friendly” version so I printed the entire thing, all comments included, which was a huge waste of paper! (I didn’t realize all the comments would be printed as well!! :-( )

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    • sandisallergyfreerecipes
      July 9, 2014 at 9:56 pm (3 months ago)

      Sorry. I have now added a “printer friendly” button.

      Reply

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