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Dark Chocolate-Walnut Date Bar


No-bake, vegan, gluten-free—this decadent dessert has a lot going for it. Dark chocolate is layered with a crunchy-chewy mixture of walnuts, dates, and peanut butter in a loaf pan, then finished with more nuts and flaky salt.

Prep: 20 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 8
You need a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan to make this in


Ingredient Checklist

  • 1 tablespoon raw unrefined coconut oil, plus more for brushing pan
  • 1 3/4 cups walnut pieces
  • 2 cups chopped dates
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • Flaky sea salt


Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1

    Brush a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with oil and line with parchment, leaving a 2-inch overhang on long sides.

  • Step 2

    In a food processor, pulse 1 1/2 cups walnuts, dates, peanut butter, vanilla, and kosher salt until finely chopped and mixture holds together. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and lightly knead to pack together; pat into an 8-inch square. Refrigerate until firm, 20 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Meanwhile, melt chocolate with oil. Halve nut mixture and press one part into loaf pan. Drizzle with half of chocolate. Refrigerate until chocolate just begins to set, 10 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Press in remaining nut mixture and spread with remaining chocolate. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup walnuts and flaky salt. Refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours. To serve, let stand at room temperature 10 minutes, then remove from pan using parchment before slicing.

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