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No-Bake Chocolate Blueberry Bars

June 15, 2014

For years I talked about how badly I wanted a red KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Despite doing quite a bit of baking, I couldn’t justify the price. I must have had some good karma in a past life, or caught C on a good day because for my birthday last year he gifted me one. And just so you know, he was out of town on my birthday and I came home to the biggest and heaviest box of all time. And then I cried tears of joy…

In my mind, it was the ultimate gift anyone could have gotten me because it would get put to use more than anything else in my kitchen. Let’s fast-forward 10 months and I am still obsessed with the aesthetics of my red beauty, but if I’m being honest, it doesn’t get as much use as I thought. I think it’s partially because I don’t have as much time to bake, but also because I have ZERO desire to turn the oven on in the summer. Even though it’s sits out loud and proud on my counter-top it’s distant cousin, Mr. Food Processor (who btw remains hidden in a cupboard above the fridge) gets far more use.

No-Bake Chocolate Blueberry Bars // thehealthymaven.comWhen people ask me what kitchen gadget I most recommend, I always say a food processor. I totally get that they’re expensive and bulky but do yourself a favour and start filling up that piggy bank because it is SO worth it. I should add that I totally didn’t pay for mine. I have to thank my wonderful cousin who gifted me her old one and it still works like a charm!

There are definitely moments where I think it might explode and especially when making almond butter, but he always pulls through. My Mom’s FP has been going strong for 30+ years so I would say the initial investment has paid off ten-fold.

No-Bake Chocolate Blueberry Bars // thehealthymaven.comI use my food processor for just about everything. I ain’t got time for finely chopping and shredding. Thank goodness for blade attachments or I would be still be shredding carrots for that Gluten-Free Carrot Cake I made. Okay that’s a bit dramatic, but let’s just say that patience is not my strong suit. Now I get that I spent a whole post discussing why I’m too cheap to buy a spiralizer so you’re probably all judging me for encouraging you to splurge on a food processor, but hear me out. Your spiralizer can make noodles and veggie “rice” (appartently?). My food processor can make nut butter and no-bake bars and balls and shred my veggies and even knead dough! I could probably clean my apartment for me if I asked nicely…

It’s quite possible the amount you spend on snack bars and nut butters could have all been saved towards buying a food processor. I’m not good at math but I’m fairly certain that my years worth of larabars I purchased a few years back could have been spent on buying myself a second one…Okay two food processors might be a bit excessive πŸ˜‰


No-Bake Chocolate Blueberry Bars

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 bars 1x


  • 2 cups of raw cashews (any nut should work)
  • 1 cup dried blueberries*
  • 1 cup pitted dates**
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup dairy-free chocolate chips or good quality chocolate


  1. Add cashews to food processor and process until broken down (about 30 seconds)
  2. Add in dried blueberries, dates and sea salt. Process until all comes together in a sticky ball.
  3. Line a 9 x 9 inch baking pan with plastic wrap.
  4. Remove “dough” from food processor and place in baking pan. Use your hands to flatten out “dough” making sure it is even and all corners are filled in.
  5. Place in freezer for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from freezer and lift plastic wrap out of pan.
  7. Cut into 12 bars.
  8. In a microwave or double-boiler, melt chocolate.
  9. Add chocolate to a ziploc bag and cut off a small corner.
  10. Squeeze chocolate out of bag in a zig-zag motion over bars.***
  11. Store in fridge for several weeks.

*I buy mine for a reasonable price at Costco.
** Dates should be sitcky and if not, soak in hot water for 30 minutes before processing.
***Alternatively just spread melted chocolate over bars with a knife.

No-Bake Chocolate Blueberry Bars // thehealthymaven.comWhat’s your favourite kitchen gadget? Do you own a food processor?


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  • Reply
    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    June 15, 2014 at 5:19 am

    bahaha. Do you own a food processor. Now I do! πŸ˜€

    I can’t believe you like larabars! I bought a box of mini ones from wholefoods and ate it in a day….the wholebox. I swear if you put them together, it made one date and 2 cashews.

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    June 15, 2014 at 6:04 am

    I had registered for every gadget and gizmo possible when I got engaged years ago. And received them all. And most of them stayed in their boxes, including the mixer for many years lol. I first started using the mixer a few years ago and was glad I did but can’t stand lugging it out because I never left it on the counter. I do have a food processor and should use it more often. My favorite kitchen gadget is probably my Keurig. lol.

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    June 15, 2014 at 6:09 am

    My mom gave me her old food processor at Christmas and it has been life changing. I fully believe it is responsible for making me enjoy cooking more. Also I have to tell you that way back months ago when I told you that thanks to you I was trying to experiment in the kitchen, this is what I basically was trying to make! Only minus the dates, because I can’t have them, which was the whole goal of my experiment. I thought maybe non-dried blueberries would work to be sticky enough. I did end up with balls that held together but they weren’t good enough that I wanted to make them again lol.

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    June 15, 2014 at 6:34 am

    Oy. I only have one child, but three kitchen appliances. My Kitchenaid mixer was my first mothers day gift. It’s gotten a lot of use in my son’s 12.5 yrs. my ex husband also got me a food processor at some point. While we never got along as well as we should have, he is a great dad (it is Father’s Day after all), he was great about supporting my budding cooking and baking obsession which started when I was a stay at home mom. Then, there’s my Vitamix. My recent just because gift to myself can’t choose which one I like best. Oooooh. There’s also my cuisine ice cream maker. Don’t use it as much, but still well loved.

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    June 15, 2014 at 7:28 am

    I don’t get as much use out of my stand mixer either. In fact, I can’t even remember the last time I turned it on 😯 The mini food processor, on the other hand, gets used almost daily. I’m starting to think I should have just invested in a full-sized one! And oh! The food processor over at my parents’ place is probably around 25 years old too πŸ˜†

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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
    June 15, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Yum… I cannot wait to try these bars! I’m with you; I love my KitchenAid mixer, but it doesn’t get all that much use. My food processor, on the other hand, is used every single day. Also, use my Vitamix several times a week and LOVE it. I ordered my spiralizer off Amazon for only 30.00 + free shipping and it works like a charm.

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    June 15, 2014 at 7:56 am

    My food processor definitely gets the most use out of everything I own! I got a mixer for my wedding and I think I’ve used it twice. I think the only reason I even registered for it was because it was pink!

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    June 15, 2014 at 8:23 am

    I actually don’t use my food processor all that much! But to be fair, it’s small and doesn’t work very well. Does the microwave count as my most-used kitchen gadget?

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    June 15, 2014 at 10:25 am

    I abolutely LOVE the ingredients of these!! And no bake is the best anyway.

    Stand Mixers are much more populer here that Food Processors. The kind of Food Processors we have here die when they have to cut a cooked potato. So no wonder I already killed 2 by making almond butter.

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    June 15, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I have been harassing my husband for a Vitamix for a couple of years now. But since we have both a food processor and a blender, he sees a Vitamix as an extremely expensive and completely unnecessary one more thing to clutter up our kitchen. I, on the other hand know that our blender is as old as our marriage (10 yrs), the food processor can’t handle anything “complicated” like nuts or ice, and both were cheap models from Target. Plus, I just want to be one of the cool kids and say I have a Vitamix.

    That being said, my food processor does a lovely job of chopping, shredding, and pureeing my veggies for me. But that’s about it. Maybe I should test it’s limits more and see if it’ll impress me with what it can actually do.

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    Consuelo - Honey & Figs
    June 15, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Absolutely! My food processor is by far the kitchen appliance I use the most! It can do anything oooohhh and I totally foresee him making these bars tomorrow ;–) They look super yummy!

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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
    June 15, 2014 at 11:13 am

    We have a kitchen aid stand mixer. My husband uses it more than me. I think it’s because I like the control of the hand held one.
    These bars look deeeelicious! Mmm blueberry + chocolate = amazing. πŸ™‚

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    June 15, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Blueberries, cashews, dates and chocolate – oh hello! Some of my favourite foods in bar form – boom!
    I have a food processor but it is not the most powerful. It does a good job though and I bloody love it.

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    June 15, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Does a crock pot count?! It is my favorite kitchen tool.
    I have a food processor that I barely use – it’s just a small one – not super big!! I would probably use it more often but Chris actually likes to chop veggies!!!

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    June 15, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    I have the privilege of using my mom’s food processor, and I’d say it’s in the top two favorites (along with the Blendtec). It makes me bars like this and peanut butter banana soft serve, sooooo I obviously love it.

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    Becky @ Olives n Wine
    June 15, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I am still going to go with my KitchenAid πŸ˜‰ It’s seriously my favorite thing ever, especially the little juice add-on that I use to make fresh OJ… almost never, ha! I don’t have a food processor but I have a Ninja, that’s basically the same thing, right? Maybe? No… okay. Well, once I finally have enough space in my kitchen to add more appliances, you better bet I’ll be getting a food processing gadget!

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    Mary Frances
    June 15, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I leave for one week (ONE WEEK!) and you post some killer scones and shrimp salad! And now this. Blueberries and chocolate together in one bar? Hooray for food processors! I definitely use it more than anything else in the kitchen. I don’t have a KitchenAid but I’ve always wanted one … my Dad didn’t want anymore counter dΓ©cor thought πŸ˜‰ Love these bars and the fact that they are cashew based! That makes them so smooth and rich!

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    June 15, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    All the best ingredients in one bar! These look delicious!

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    June 15, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    I’m SUCH a sucker for kitchen gadgets… like, even the “As Seen on TV” shit, hahaha! Can I pick the microwave? I’d die w/o my microwave! hahaha

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    June 15, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    My food processor is hands down my favourite appliance too. I never use it for shredding though – I’m too lazy to clean it and I figure just shredding them with a handheld grater is easier. πŸ˜›

    Also TGFC (thank goodness for Costco) eh? Love that it has such good deals on pricey items like dried blueberries and pine nuts!

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    June 15, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    A food processor def is a must! I’ve also been using my mandoline quite a bit lately. These bars look so so good. What a perfect snack! Love that it’s super easy to make with minimal ingredients. Pinned!

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    Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    June 15, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    These look amazing. I do not yet own a food processor, but I really want to.
    I am using the thought of owning one as a reward, bribe for some goals I am working on.

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    Helen @ Scrummy Lane
    June 15, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Enjoyed this post because I can never work out what the difference is between a food processor, a Kitchen Aid, a mixer (are they the same thing?), a blender etc. etc. etc. … and even when I can manage it I don’t know whether I need all of them or whether just an FP will do. To be honest, I’ve had the same tiny little cheap FP for years and although it’s got bits and pieces missing and/or broken and/or hanging off, it still never lets me down! I might get a new one soon though because it’s a little small now that I’m a bit more of a serious ‘foodie’!
    As for the bars, totally approve. I was staying with my parents recently (without cranky old FP) and was buying something quite similar from the supermarket. I was thinking how easy they would be to make – and obviously they are! Love that you’ve obliterated the blueberries in there, too!

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    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape
    June 16, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Perfect snack bar! Two thumbs up from my hubby who is sitting beside me! πŸ™‚

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    June 16, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Why have I never thought of Costco for bluebs? just put them on my list for today… these are similar to those chia bars I am obsessed with from Nica… so obv I’m making them tonight. xoxo

    SO TRUE ABOUT THE COST OF NUT BUTTERS TO FOOD PROCESSOR. It’s insane the amount of money I save on snack bars.

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    June 16, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    these bars looks so yummy; i love chocolate and blueberries together. a stand-mixer was on my list for a long time, but i think i probably wouldn’t use it that much either. i got a vitamix last year, my most expensive and used piece of kitchen equipment, but a food processor is next on my list. but i am lucky that my mom lives so close, and let’s me use her processor!

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    June 16, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    I need a food processor…I rely on my Blentec for just about anything, but when it comes to using dates I need something else. I’ve done it with the blender for pie crust, but…I JUST NEED A FOOD PROCESSOR! These look so delicious, and perfect for a HIKE!

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    June 17, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I bought a food processor on a whim a year ago (or maybe it’s two now; I can’t remember anymore) but it has since become my favorite kitchen appliance. Seriously, have you seen that thing shred cheese. It’s like magic and all your digits stay in tact. I use mine for copious amounts of pesto and chopping nuts for my many batches of granola. It works like a dream, and I think it only ended up being like $50. Not too shabby for a food processor. πŸ™‚

    Second favorite appliance is my immersion blender because I put down soup like a champ.

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    Megan @ Fiterature
    June 17, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    My food processor is by FAR my favorite kitchen gadget. Not only does it make delicious goodness for my tummy, it also cuts up soap for my homemade laundry detergent! It’s the perfect life partner!

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    Melissa @ Nourish By Melissa
    June 18, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    My blender is definitely my favorite kitchen tool since it also plays the role of a food processor for me haha! Great recipe, love the blueberry + chocolate combo πŸ™‚

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    July 12, 2014 at 12:56 am

    An amazing post Davida,
    Of cause, i do have a kitchen processor and i value it so much. Apart from that, i also have some other good gadgets like Knife Sharpener, etc.

    Thanks for sharing.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      July 12, 2014 at 11:56 pm

      I desperately need a knife sharpener! It’s on the list πŸ˜‰ Thanks Theodore!

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