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Healthy No-Bake Squares

HOMEMADE ENERGY BARS

Most store-bought energy bars are loaded with sugar, saturated fat, sodium, and other ingredients that are neither healthy nor needed. That’s why I always make my own.

Homemade energy bars taste way better, you get to choose the ingredients, and they are super easy to make.

MEET THE KEY INGREDIENTS

These healthy no-bake squares are very nutritious and loaded with wholesome ingredients. They make the perfect healthy snack when you’re feeling hungry mid-day.

Squares: roasted almonds, dates, dried apple rings, dried apricots, shredded coconut, chia seeds, coconut oil.

Chocolate frosting: dark chocolate (85% cacao), coconut cream, agave syrup.

Almonds are roasted (check How to roast almonds) because roasting makes them extra nutty and gives them a more intense flavor and that is just what we need for this recipe. However, you can add raw almonds if you prefer, but the squares won’t be as flavorful.

Healthy No-Bake Squares

HOW TO MAKE HEALTHY NO-BAKE SQUARES

You can find a complete list of ingredients with exact amounts and instructions in the recipe card below.

SQUARES

  • Line the pan (I used 20 x 14 cm) with baking paper.
  • Combine finely chopped roasted almonds, rolled oats, chopped dried apple rings, chopped dried apricots, shredded coconut, and chia seeds in one bowl.
  • Drain dates and add them to the blender. Add in 4 tablespoons of melted coconut oil and blend until you get a thick paste.
  • Transfer the date paste to the bowl with dry ingredients and stir until all is well combined and the mixture sticks together. You can use a hand mixer for this.
  • Press the mixture down firmly into prepared pan.
  • Place the squares in the fridge for a couple of hours to firm up.

CHOCOLATE FROSTING

  • Melt chocolate over low heat in a medium pot. Stir until smooth.
  • Place coconut cream (see Note on coconut cream), melted chocolate and agave to the blender, and blend briefly until smooth.
  • Spread the frosting all over the top.
  • Place it in the fridge for half an hour to allow the topping to firm up.
  • Chop into bars or squares.

Healthy No-Bake Squares

TIPS AND HOW-TOS

NOTE ON COCONUT CREAM

Always use full-fat canned coconut milk or the chocolate frosting won’t be as firm. Chill it in the refrigerator overnight so that you can easily separate cream from the liquid. The cream should be firm enough so that you can scoop it out with a spoon.

HOW TO ROAST ALMONDS

Preheat oven to 180 °C. Spread the almonds in an even layer on the baking sheet. Place in oven and roast for 10-15 minutes. Stir or shake the tray every 5 minutes to help the almonds to cook evenly.

When the almonds are browned and smell nutty, remove from the oven and immediately transfer onto a plate or another baking sheet.

HEALTHY NO-BAKE SQUARES ARE:

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegan
  • Soy-free
  • Delicious homemade treat
  • Easy to make
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No-bake breakfast squares

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Healthy No-Bake Squares

Healthy No-Bake Squares

Nensi Beram
Healthy no-bake squares are loaded with wholesome ingredients. A great alternative to sugary store-bought energy bars. Vegan and gluten-free.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Cuisine Gluten-free, Vegan
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

Squares

  • 200 g dates previously soaked in water for 1-2 hours
  • 100 g roasted almonds finely chopped
  • 100 g rolled oats
  • 30 g dried apple rings chopped
  • 50 g dried apricots chopped
  • 20 g shredded coconut
  • 10 g chia seeds
  • 3-4 tablespoons melted coconut oil

Chocolate frosting

Instructions
 

Squares

  • Line the pan (I used 20 x 14 cm) with baking paper.
  • Combine the dry ingredients in one bowl.
  • Drain dates and add them to the blender. Add in 4 tablespoons of melted coconut oil and blend until you get a thick paste.
  • Transfer the date paste to the bowl with dry ingredients and stir until all is well combined and the mixture sticks together. You can use a hand mixer for this.
  • Press the mixture down firmly into prepared pan.
  • Place it in the fridge for a couple of hours to firm up.

Chocolate frosting

  • Melt chocolate over low heat in a medium pot. Stir until smooth.
  • Place coconut cream, melted chocolate and agave to the blender and blend briefly until smooth.
  • Spread the frosting all over the top of the base.
  • Place it in the fridge for half an hour to allow the topping to firm up.
  • Chop into bars or squares.

Notes

NOTE ON COCONUT CREAM
Always use full-fat canned coconut milk or the chocolate frosting won't be as firm. Chill it in the refrigerator overnight so that you can easily separate cream from the liquid. The cream should be firm enough so that you can scoop it out with a spoon. 
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* The nutritional information provided is calculated automatically and should be used as an estimate.

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5 comments

Natalie October 25, 2019 - 4:38 am

I love breakfast bars! These look so delicious and I love how easy this recipe is ♥

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Nensi October 25, 2019 - 10:34 am

Thank you, Natalie! These are my favorite and so easy to make. Have a lovely day!

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Julie Murphy January 10, 2020 - 1:07 pm

These sound delicious, do you know how many calories these world work out as?

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peta January 13, 2022 - 3:37 am

Hi, i’m really enjoying the look of your recipes, yum.
I would love to give this one a go but in Australia oats are not classed as gluten free. What would be a good substitute for the oats please?

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Nensi Beram January 14, 2022 - 9:27 pm

Hi! Maybe you could try quinoa flakes or buckwheat flakes, but I assume the texture will be slightly different. Also, you might need to adjust the amount of other ingredients.

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