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Healthy No-Bake Squares

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

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

  • 80 g coconut cream the thickened cream from a can of full-fat coconut milk
  • 80 g dark chocolate (85% cocoa)
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup

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.