Chocolate Cherry Snack Bars are No Bake, Plant Based, and Nutritious


I have a bit of a sweet tooth, but over the years, I’ve been able to satisfy it by simply enjoying healthier treats, like these chocolate cherry snack bars. They’re just sweet enough, with good depth of flavor, but made without any added sugars. For people like me, who enjoy carbs for breakfast and for midday energy, these homemade bites are even gift worthy (hint: for mom)!

Chocolate Cherry Snack Bars Recipe - No Bake, Plant Based, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, and Healthy - uses simple, clean ingredients

These Healthy Chocolate Cherry Snack Bars are Better than Larabars

I’ve been purchasing Larabars since they were first released, many, many years ago. They’re convenient, but they taste much fresher when you make them yourself, and are even less expensive. I usually buy the ingredients in quantity from I also like that this recipe contains some oats. It gives them a little more chew and more staying power.

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These chocolate cherry snack bars will keep for the day at room temperature, if you’re on the go. But for optimal freshness, store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container. They can also be frozen. I prefer to freeze bars, to preserve texture, and because I like the taste of cold bars.

Chocolate Cherry Snack Bars Recipe - No Bake, Plant Based, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, and Healthy - uses simple, clean ingredientsThis Chocolate Cherry Snack Bars recipe was shared with us by

Special Diet Notes: Chocolate Cherry Snack Bars

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.

Chocolate Cherry Snack Bars (No Bake)
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Enjoy these easy bars for midday energy, fuel on the trail, or light breakfast on the go. Please note that the Prep time is hands on time only. Allow some time for the bars to chill.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 9 bars
  1. In a food processor bowl, combine the dates, oats, walnuts, cherries, cocoa powder, and salt. Process for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the mixture resembles crumbly dough.
  2. Turn the mixture out onto wax paper or parchment paper and shape evenly into a ½-inch thick rectangle.
  3. Refrigerate the bars for 1 hour or longer.
  4. Cut into nine bars.
Chocolate Chips Option: For a bigger chocolate hit, you can fold ¼ cup dairy-free chocolate chips (we like minis in bars) into the dough once mixed.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bar Calories: 140 Fat: 5g Saturated fat: .3g Carbohydrates: 24g Sugar: 17g Sodium: 65mg Fiber: 3g Protein: 2g

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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