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Dark Chocolate Cherry Bars

April 4, 2013
Have you ever tried the Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew KIND bars? If you have then you know how good they are, if you haven’t….don’t. Not because they aren’t the most delicious treat but because you can save some serious dough making them yourself! Fortunately for you I have mastered the recipe.
A single KIND bar averages around $2.00. Now I haven’t tried adding up the total for each bar in my batch but I can assure you I made 12 of these for less than $24. This is especially true if you have an addiction to all things Bulk Barn like I do.
These bars taste almost identical to the original but are even healthier! The original bars contain sugar, palm kern oil, glucose and a host of other ingredients that are not necessary. It is true that KIND bars are a healthier choice when it comes to the granola bars that are available on the market since they are free of chemical additives, high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils. But if you can make an all-natural bar made from real, wholesome ingredients for minimal dollars, i’m all for putting in the effort.
Dark Chocolate Cherry Bars
At about 180 calories per bar these are definitely more calorie dense than say a special-K bar but I can assure you these will keep you full until your next meal! I always end up eating more than I should when the snacks I pack are low in calories, fat and fiber. Eating three 100-calorie packs at once really defeats the purpose doesn’t it?
If these bars last more than a few days in your house (they don’t in mine…thanks dad) then you can definitely freeze them. Just take them out 5-10 mins before eating or grab it on the go and eat it later. I always have a bar on hand to avoid getting “hangry” (hungry=angry).

Dark Chocolate Cherry Bars

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 Bars 1x


  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1 1/4 cups dried cherries
  • 1 1/4 cups dates
  • .5 T raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup almonds (I prefer roasted but can use raw)
  • 1/2 cup puffed millet (puffed rice would work too)
  • 1/4 cup quality dark chocolate (I used 70%)


  1. In a food processor or blender mix together cashews, cherries, dates and cacao powder until it forms into a ball.
  2. Place ball in a large bowl and add almonds and puffed millet.
  3. With hands mix until all ingredients are combined.
  4. In a 9 x 9 dish lined with plastic wrap add mixture and press down with fingers until flat. Or use an adorable mini rolling pan like I did!
  5. Place dish in freezer for 15 mins.
  6. While bars are in the freezer melt the dark chocolate.
  7. After 15 mins remove bars from dish by pulling up the plastic wrap and cut into 12. Drizzle dark chocolate and let bars sit until chocolate has hardened.
Do you have a go-to snack? What are your thoughts on buying vs. making granola bars yourself? Worth the effort?


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  • Reply
    Genevieve Rodriguez
    September 13, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    These are delicious!! πŸ™‚ i mixed in some chia seeds for extra nutrition and next time i”m going to mix in some flax seed meal too! πŸ™‚ starting to meal plan!

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    Mike, Nicki, and the boys
    June 4, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Hey! I couldn’t find puffed millet or, unsweetened puffed rice here in Germany at co-op food store but they did have puffed Amaranth. Something I had never seen before. Turned out great! Hoping my kids think the same.

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      June 5, 2013 at 3:53 pm

      I’ve tried finding puffed amaranth in Canada but it is hard to come by and my experiment with popping it myself didn’t go so well. I’m so glad they turned out well though! Hope your kids enjoy them too πŸ™‚

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    Cindy Gordon
    April 24, 2013 at 2:27 am

    These bars look fantastic! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! πŸ™‚

    We have a Gluten Free gift basket giveaway this week! One lucky winner will score an awesome basket, just in time for Mothers Day!

    Cindy from

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    April 19, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    These look incredible! I’m making them asap πŸ™‚ Thanks for a great and easy recipe!

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      April 19, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      Thank you Dana! Let me know how it goes. I love any dark chocolate and cherry combo so these go quickly in my house!

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    Heather @Gluten-Free Cat
    April 6, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Davida, these look incredible! Funny, I made no bake apple pie bars this week. But since I’m a chocolate freak I think I need to make these this weekend! Have a great weekend!


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      April 8, 2013 at 11:25 pm

      No bake apple pie bars? I am checking these out right now! You are such a talent in the kitchen!

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    April 6, 2013 at 2:18 am

    Wow these look amazing!
    I’m so very happy to have found your blog πŸ˜‰
    Everything looks great!
    xo Ella

    • Reply
      April 8, 2013 at 11:24 pm

      Thanks Ella! I’m a big fan of your blog as well! And these are sooooo delicious! I hope you enjoy!

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