These Paleo Fudge Covered Date Nut Bars are a delicious sweet treat made with just a few healthy ingredients. These bars are vegan, gluten free, and dairy free!

*Thank you to Laird Superfood for sponsoring this post!

stack of fudge covered date and nut bars

I’m always on the hunt for new healthy treats that I can keep in the freezer and pop out whenever I’m craving something sweet. These Paleo Fudge Covered Date Nut Bars are just what the doctor ordered! They’re the perfect combination of sweet, salty, crunchy, and creamy. The stuff dessert dreams are made of, really!

fudge covered date and nut bars in a baking pan

Paleo Fudge Covered Date Nut Bars (Vegan)

Dates make an amazing addition to so many snacks, smoothies, and baking recipes. They are as delicious as they are nourishing, making them the perfect sweet treat! I specifically love Laird Superfood Harvest Dates because they are huge, tender, and packed with fiber! They are hand-picked for the perfect ripeness, contain no added sugar, and are preservative free. It’s a bonus that these dates are also paleo friendly, dairy free, soy free, gluten free, and vegan.

Big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton and volleyball legend Gabby Reece (their founders) have long been big fans of dates – always having a bag in their pantry to snack on as a pre-workout fuel. When they decided to add dates to their line of products, they were diligent about sourcing organic dates from a farm they felt good about.

Laird Superfood Harvest Dates are also sustainably-sourced on a family-owned farm in California – in the sunshine in rich soil with no need for pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides.

harvest dates from Laird Superfood

What Ingredients You Need to Make These Paleo Fudge Covered Date Nut Bars

You only need a few simple ingredients to make this delicious snack.

  • 14 Laird Superfood Medjool Dates – pits removed
  • Pistachios
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Sea salt
  • Chocolate – Use Enjoy Life Foods for dairy free, and Hu or Eating Evolved for Paleo.
  • Creamy nut butter of choice – I used almond butter.

Any type of nut will work – Just keep in mind you may want to omit additional salt if you are using roasted/salted nuts.

mixed nuts and dates in the food processor

How to Make These Paleo Fudge Covered Date Nut Bars

First, soak your dates in warm water for at least 10 minutes. This will help to break them down in the food processor.

Drain the dates and add them to your food processor along with the nuts and the sea salt. Pulse a few times until the nuts and dates are broken down into small chunks (but not pureed). Transfer the mixture to a 8×8 baking pan and press it down evenly your fingers. Pop it into the freezer to set while you make the fudge layer.

Melt the chocolate and almond butter in the microwave in 30 second increments (or on your stove using a double boiler) and stir until the mixture is smooth. Pour it over the nut date mixture, using a spatula to spread the mixture out evenly.

Place the pan back in the freezer for 20-30 minutes to set. You can also refrigerate it for 2+ hours. Cut them into squares (you can do 9 larger bars or cut into 16 smaller bars).

They should be stored in the refrigerator so the chocolate doesn’t melt. Enjoy!

woman holding chocolate date nut bars

If you try these bars, be sure to tag me on Instagram so I can see your creations!

Looking for some other yummy vegan treats to make using dates? Check these out:

Paleo Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

Paleo Vegan Key Lime Pie Cheesecake Bars

Enjoy!!

xo,

Mary

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Paleo Fudge Covered Date Nut Bars

These Paleo Fudge Covered Date Nut Bars are a delicious sweet treat made with just a few healthy ingredients. These bars are vegan, gluten free, and dairy free!
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Ingredients

  • 15 Laird Superfood Harvest Medjool Dates, pits removed
  • 1 cup pistachios
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup dark chocolate
  • 2/3 cup creamy nut butter of choice, I prefer almond butter

Equipment

  • 8 x 8 baking pan

Instructions
 

  • First, soak your dates in warm water for at least 10 minutes. This will help to break them down in the food processor.
  • Drain the dates and add them to your food processor along with the nuts and the sea salt. Pulse a few times until the nuts and dates are broken down into small chunks (but not pureed). Transfer the mixture to a 8×8 baking pan and press it down evenly your fingers. Pop it into the freezer to set while you make the fudge layer.
  • Melt the chocolate and almond butter in the microwave in 30 second increments (or on your stove using a double boiler) and stir until the mixture is smooth. Pour it over the nut date mixture, using a spatula to spread the mixture out evenly.
  • Place the pan back in the freezer for 20-30 minutes to set. You can also refrigerate it for 2+ hours. Cut them into squares (you can do 9 larger bars or cut into 16 smaller bars).
  • They should be stored in the refrigerator so the chocolate doesn’t melt. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 309kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 40mg, Potassium: 482mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin A: 68IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 91mg, Iron: 3mg