No-Bake Chocolate Pecan Crumble Bars
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These bars look as impressive as they taste, but they are deceptively easy to prepare. Featuring buttery pecans and fiber-rich dates, these bars are loaded with minerals, including magnesium, manganese, copper, and iron, and are teamed up with a homemade chocolate layer that’s bursting with antioxidants. Because they are a raw dessert, be sure to serve these bars directly from the refrigerator or freezer for best texture.
Serves: 16 bars
Crust & Crumble Topping
  • 3 cups raw pecan halves
  • 8 soft Medjool dates, pitted
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
Chocolate Filling
  • ½ cup raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • ¼ cup maple syrup, at room temperature
Prepare the crust and topping
  1. Line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Place the pecans in a food processor fitted with an “S” blade and process until they are ground into a meal. Add in the dates, coconut oil, and salt and process again until the dough sticks together when pressed between your fingers.
  3. Reserve 1 cup of this mixture for the crumble topping and press the rest of the dough evenly into the lined baking dish.
Prepare the filling
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cacao powder, coconut oil, and maple syrup until smooth. Pour the chocolate filling over the crust and smooth the top with a spatula.
  2. Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of crumble over the top of the chocolate layer and use your hands to gently press the topping into the chocolate filling. Place in the freezer to set for at least 2 hours and then cut into bars and serve chilled.
Reprinted with permission from Everyday Detox, by Megan Gilmore, copyright © 2015, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Photographs copyright © 2015 by Nicole Franzen.
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