Raw Salted Almond Chocolate Snack Bars
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We can go ahead and file this post under “great recipe, lousy photo.” I’m still in NY, which means I’m still without my regular camera, which means I’m still snapping pictures on my phone. But when a recipe sounds as delicious as these salted almond and chocolate snack bars do–and delivers on the promise, I assure you–are perfect images really necessary? (The answer is yes. But humor me.)

One of the nicer stocking stuffers I got this year was a bar of salted almond dark chocolate from Theo. Chocolate, almonds, salty and sweet–what more did I need to be happy? The bar was so good that it inspired me to make something snackable with the same flavors. This is what I came up with–and it’s delicious. I hope you all will enjoy it as much as I did.

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Raw Salted Almond Chocolate Snack Bars

Author - Gena Hamshaw
Yields: 9 -12 bars


  • 1 1/2 cups almonds raw or roasted
  • 1 1/2 cups pitted medjool dates
  • Sea salt to taste I used a generous 1/4 teaspoon
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder


  • 1. Place all ingredients into a food processor fitted with the S blade. Process till the mixture is very evenly ground up, and sticks together nicely when you squeeze a bit in your hand.
  • 2. Press the "dough" into a small baking dish. Cut it into 9-12 bars (this will depend somewhat on the size of the dish you use). Wrap them individually, and store for up to 3 weeks in the fridge.

Photogenic these are not. But I promise that they’re a stellar answer to your snack cravings. They’re also chocolate-y enough to serve as dessert.

almond chocolate snack bar 3

These bars make for a quick, easy, portable, and really special snack. Proof that a few ingredients (and a touch of salt) can come together to form something wonderful. Enjoy, friends, and I’ll see you back here, soon.


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Categories: Recipes, Snacks
Method: No-Bake
Dietary Preferences: Gluten Free, No Oil, Raw, Soy Free, Vegan
Recipe Features: Meal Prep

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  1. Have made these 2 x’s! Husband went to the store today to buy almonds so I’d make them again. They’re a nice treat to have on hand. Very scrumptious! Thanks, Gena! You’re a winner in my book… as are your recipes!!! 🙂

  2. You are perfect Gena! I’ve got the ingredients. I’ve got a little time to do it today. Don’t worry about the photo. This is so simple healthy and delicious!

  3. Almond and dates sound like a perfect flavor combo. I love how simple this recipe is, and yet it sounds so delicious.

  4. I think of all the sad, sad years that I shunned salt; a little can go a long way in making flavours POP!!

  5. YUM. Nuts and cacao- such a beautiful combo. Looking forward to trying these, Gena! Thanks for the recipe =)

  6. I just made these and they are soooo good! Except I couldn’t get mine to stay in shape. Super crumbly. Any ideas?
    Thanks!!! 🙂

    • It may have to do with the type of dates you used- I think Medjool are a common one that would work well, because they are quite sticky. Otherwise, try adding a bit of coconut nectar or even water to rehydrate the dates. Or even to pulse the almonds more. No surprise that they were still so tasty, though!

      • Thank you!….I will have to double check which dates I bought! But I always have coconut nectar so I’ll try that if I bought the wrong ones 🙂

    • Hi! I was going to say the same as Emma: sometimes dates can be a little dry. I’d add more dates, or a touch of coconut nectar or agave to help them stick 🙂

      • FYI-I did by the wrong dates. Made them again and added a little coconut nectar and they stuck!! Thanks again 🙂

  7. These look and sound ah-mazing! I’m a huge fan of salted chocolate. These remind me of the salted almond Tazo chocolate disc!
    Hopefully I’ll be able to eat my beloved fruit again before not too long and then I’ll be making these for sure.

  8. I’m definitely trying these! I think they actually look really good, Gena! I’m going to be going back to a lot of your recipes when my post-bacc classes start up next week!

  9. These sound delicious–I’ll have to keep in mind for the next time I need a sweet snack.

  10. This looks so yummy .. my favorite part, though, is how easy it is! Classic flavors and a classic combo. MMmmm thanks Gena!

  11. These look so, so, tasty! Love that the almonds are salted too. I have been on a major salted dark chocolate kick lately.

  12. I have a long trip coming up in August and will need a suitcase full of beauties like these, thanks! And the salt addition is perfect for my tastes. Simple and delicious as always Gena! Happy New Year and be safe in NY 😉

  13. i have really liking raw bars lately – chocolate + hazelnut is my favorite 🙂

  14. I don’t think the photos are bad at all! I can tell from looking that these will be yummy snack bars. And SUPER EASY. Thank you so much for sharing!

  15. Hi Gena!

    Thanks for this great recipe 🙂

    I, too, love the Theo dark chocolate sea salt almond dark, but was frustrated that they sneakily include milk powder in the ingredients (most dark chocolate bars don’t have milk).

    Now I can make them myself and enjoy without the dairy!

    Thanks again and happy 2014-



  16. I got that same chocolate bar (as a pre-Christmas gift to myself. Hee hee.) and I loved it! I’ll have to try these!

  17. These sound delicious, and not intimidating at all! I’ve seen so many homemade bar recipes with a million ingredients, but these seem perfect for whipping together with just pantry ingredients, whenever I have a spare moment (literally). Thanks for sharing!

  18. Oh the recipe is fine Gena! It looks all hipster 😉

    Delicious looking bars!

  19. Looks WONDERFUL, Gena …

    I assume the almonds is 1.5 cups … (only says 1 1/2 almonds 😉 )

    Thx for a great and enticing recipe!

  20. You had me as soon as I saw sea salt in the title. These look delicious and I love that they’re so easy. I hope you’re staying warm!

  21. Gena,

    While googling a recipe for chia seed pudding (I love chia seeds and I wanted something sweet & healthy), I came across your site and…

    You have reawaken my desire to move towards a raw/plant-based diet because of the 4 recipes I’ve tried from your site so far has been A-MAZING and easy!

    I’ve tried (unsuccessfully) before to make raw food (a few cookbooks here and there) that taste good but to no avail so I gave up. All the recipes I have require lots of ingredients and special tools (dehydrators, mandolin…) but you make things easy and best of all, things taste GOOD. If my meat-loving husband will eat it, that’s a good enough for me but when he says it taste good…HELLO! you’re a keeper! Thank you thank you!

    • Mabel,

      I can’t tell you how much this lovely comment means to me! I’m so glad that you find my recipes doable (and tasty). I hope your culinary exploration takes you to some really great places. Thanks for reading my blog.


  22. I love the simplicity of this recipe! Simple recipes are the most delicious ones! I make these really rawesome bars that look similar to these. Love your blog and recipes. Very creative. Your raw recipes are the best! 🙂 xoxo

  23. These look deliciously easy, can’t wait to try them! And the best camera is the one on hand. 🙂 Thanks!

  24. The photo is just fine, no worries! The recipe and description are the most important parts 🙂 LOVE almonds and chocolate together.

  25. I love Theo chocolate, and these bars look seriously delicious. I may have to dig out my food processor soon! Happy 2014!