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Cacao Nib Snack Bars Recipe

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 to 16 bars 1x


Looking for a cacao nibs recipe? These snack bars feature dates, cherries, almonds and cacao nibs for a nutrient-dense vegan and gluten free snack.


  • 1 cup roasted unsalted almonds
  • 3/4 cup dried Montmorency tart cherries, divided
  • 12 Medjool dates*
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons cacao nibs


  1. Place the almonds in the bowl of a food processor and process until fully chopped.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of the dried cherries, the Medjool dates, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and kosher salt. Process until smooth. Add the remaining ¼ cup cherries and cacao nibs and gently pulse a few times to incorporate
  3. Turn out the mixture onto a baking sheet and press it into a flat layer of the desired thickness. Roll a rolling pin over the top to smooth it to a uniform thickness. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 15 minutes to harden, then slice into bars of the desired size. Store in a sealed container in the pantry or refrigerator.


*Medjool dates are a type of date that is exceptionally large and sweet; it is important to find the real thing for this recipe. They’re sold in bulk at many groceries, and are also available for sale online.

  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Cacao nibs recipe, Cacao Nibs, Snack Bars, Cherry Bars, Homemade Larabars, Larabar