These chocolate-hazelnut chia bars with sea salt are perfect for fueling a workout, or to enjoy as a sweet treat! Making these bars can be a fun and easy activity to do with your kids while helping you save money by not having to buy expensive store-bought bars!
Do you spend a ton of money every week on snack bars at the grocery store like KIND bars, Lara Bars, or Rx Bars? Don’t be ashamed, I’m guilty too! Bars are such an easy-to-grab and filling snack but they are often pretty expensive and let’s be honest, since they taste so good a box usually doesn’t last very long.
Although I do love a good Lara bar, for years, I've been making my own. Cheap, easy, and a whole lot tastier than anything you can find at the store! With this chocolate hazelnut version, I think I outdid myself.
The ingredients in this recipe for chocolate hazelnut chia bars are budget friendly, are PACKED with nutrients your body will love, and they taste soooo good. You can never go wrong with a chocolate-hazelnut combination but when you also add dates to the mix, you are in for a real treat! Chia seeds add extra fat and protein to make these bars even more satisfying. These chocolate hazelnut chia bars will satisfy all your sweet cravings while keeping you full and giving you energy! It’s basically nutella in snack bar form.
The chia seeds are the secret ingredient in these chocolate hazelnut chia bars. Mixed with water, they form a gel that helps hold everything together. The dates are the other ingredient that provides “stickiness” that holds these into bars.
My other favorite thing about this recipe is the sprinkle of sea salt over the top. It really brings out the caramelized flavor in the dates!
I keep these bars refrigerated where they’ll last at least a week. You could also freeze them if you want to make a big batch for later.
Chocolate Hazelnut Chia Bars
Makes 12 bars
1 cup packed, pitted dates
1.5 cups toasted hazelnuts
1/4 cup chia seeds
6 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1 Tablespoon water, optional (if needed to help it stick)
pinch of flaky or crunchy sea salt
Place dates, hazelnuts, chia and cocoa in the food processor and blend until chopped finely and well combined.
Add a tablespoon water if needed to help it blend.
Scoop mixture into an oiled rectangle baking dish. Using a spatula, flatten the top and press down. It should be about 1/2-inch thick.
Sprinkle sea salt lightly over the top and press down so it sticks.
Cut into 12 bars and carefully remove with a spatula.
Store in the refrigerator in a covered container where it should be fine for a few weeks (as if they'll last that long!).