Do you like chocolate? Do you like a hazelnuts? How about together? Then I think you’re going to LOVE these Healthy 4 Ingredient Chocolate Hazelnut Bars!
This past fall I started grad school and realized that I had a major dilemma on my plate… I had no good to-go snacks. With post-work classes at the peak hours of dinner time, I knew I was going to need to invest in some grub that would hold me over… but what?
As a student, most of the healthier bars on the market are priced at $2-3 a pop, something I just couldn't afford. It was then that I realized that I had to take matters into my own hands. I went on Amazon, bought a box of 100 sealable snack baggies and got to work.
The result? These insanely decadent Healthy Chocolate Hazelnut Bars made with only 4 ingredients: dates, hazelnuts, cocoa powder and sea salt! I individually packaged each bar and placed in a large zip-lock bag in my freezer for whenever I need a quick snack out the door.
The best part? They’re suuuuper pretty when you drizzle them with chocolate and last in the freezer for-ev-er!
Healthy 4 Ingredient Chocolate Hazelnut Bars
Makes 7 large bars
Time: 20 minutes (5 minutes for raw)
1 cup fresh medjool dates, pitted!
1 cup hazelnuts
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
* Note: You can eat these bars raw, however if you'd like to enjoy them at room temperature or pack them for later, I recommend cooking them as instructed.
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
2. Place 1 cup of hazelnuts into a food processor and chop until the hazelnuts turn into a flour-like substance (not paste). Remove from the food processor and set aside in a large mixing bowl
3. Place the pitted medjool dates in a food processor and grind to a paste. If the dates are failing to combine, feel free to add a tablespoon of warm water. In addition, if you’re using dried dates this process will take a little longer. Place the dried dates in a bowl of warm water and allow to sit for 10 minutes of so until they become soft. Remove the dates from water and place in a food processor to blend. Add warm water slowly by the tablespoon if necessary to get a paste like substance. Be sure not to add too much water!
4. Once you have your date paste, add it to the large mixing bowl with the hazelnut flour. Add two tablespoons of cocoa powder and sea salt and mix well with a spoon to combine.
5. Take a loaf pan and spray the bottom with oil. Line the oiled pan with parchment paper and add the batter. Using a spatula, spread the batter so that it lays evenly in the pan and the batter is leveled. Place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
6. After 30 minutes or so, remove the bars from the freezer and cut into 7 or 14 individual bars. Remove the parchment paper from the pan with the bars still on it and place on a cookie sheet. Bake in oven for 15 minutes and set aside to cool.
Nutrition Facts (per one large bar)
200 calories, 12g fat, 24g carbs, 4g fiber, 17g sugar, 4g protein