These Raw Nutella Bars are a quick, easy-to-make snacks made with just 6 healthy ingredients – no actual nutella necessary! With a hazelnut and date-base and a simple chocolate coating, these bars will totally hit the spot.
You are in for a treat with these raw nutella bars. For some reason, I can vividly remember the first time I tried nutella. I was instantly hooked and obsessed with pairing it with a variety of foods. Does anyone else feel like it was portrayed as a healthy-ish nut spread? Just me?
I’m excited to share an actually healthy “nutella” treat. There is no actual nutella in these bars but they taste really similar to the real deal!
Here’s What You Need
- raw hazelnuts – I recommend buying raw hazelnuts and toasting on your own for the best flavor.
- rolled oats – make sure you grab gluten-free oats if needed.
- medjool dates – look for plump, sticky dates if possible. If your dates are too dry, you can rehydrate them in a bowl of warm water before mixing in or add water to the mixture – there’s a note in the instructions below!
- cacao powder – cocoa powder works too.
- vanilla extract – a flavor enhancer.
- sea salt – to bring all of the flavors together and balance the sweet.
- dark chocolate – for the chocolate topping!
- coconut oil – to melt with the chocolate for the topping. The coconut oil helps create a magic shell type topping.
How to Make Raw Nutella Bars
STEP 1: Start by toasting your hazelnuts. I recommend toasting your own over buying roasted nuts for better flavor. Spread out the hazelnuts on a baking sheet and toast for 8 minutes at 400ºF for until slightly toasted.
STEP 2: Pulse the hazelnuts and oats in a food processor until they are in small pieces. Add in the dates, cacao powder, vanilla and salt and pulse until combined. If the mixture seems too dry, you can add water 1 tablespoon at a time.
STEP 3: Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper and press the nut-oat mixture into the prepared pan. Make sure you fill all four corners well and use your fingers to make the surface smooth.
STEP 4: Make the chocolate topping by melting the chocolate and coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat. Pour the chocolate mixture over the base and top with chopped hazelnuts and flaked sea salt.
STEP 5: Place the pan in the freezer to allow the bars to set and the chocolate to harden – this can take 30 minutes to 1 hour. When the chocolate is set, remove the bars from the pan by lifting out the parchment paper and cut into bars.
How to Store Leftovers
Store any leftover bars in the refrigerator or freezer. These will keep up to 1 week in the fridge and for up to 3 months in the freezer.Print
Raw Nutella Bars
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 12-16 bars 1x
For the bars:
- 3 cups raw hazelnuts
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 10 medjool dates, pitted
- 1/4 cup cacao powder (cocoa powder works too)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
For the chocolate coating:
- 3 oz dark chocolate
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp crushed hazelnuts
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Spread out hazelnuts on a baking sheet and toast for 8 mins (or until slightly toasted)
- Pulse the hazelnuts and oats in a food processor until they are in small pieces, about 2 minutes.
- Add the dates, cacao powder, vanilla and salt and pulse until combined, adding 3-4 TBSP water as needed, about 10 min.
- Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper, making sure to leave an overhang on all sides to make removal easier.
- Press the nut-oat mixture into the prepared pan, making sure to fill all four corners. Use your fingers to make the surface smooth.
- Next, in a small saucepan, melt the chocolate and coconut oil over low heat.
- Pour the chocolate mixture over the base and top with the chopped hazelnuts and flaked sea salt.
- Allow the pan to set in the freezer until the chocolate has hardened, about 30 min-1 hour.
- Once the chocolate is set, remove the parchment and cut the squares into bars. Store in the fridge or freezer.
Like this recipe? Here are a few others you might enjoy:
Healthy Chickpea Blondies
Sweet Potato Swirl Brownies
No-Bake Mint Chocolate Bars
Healthy Avocado Brownies
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ripon hassanAugust 15, 2022 at 8:50 am
I truly appreciate the way you made this delicious nutella bars. Everything is so nicely described that really helped .
AnujaFebruary 7, 2022 at 2:59 am
They look absolutely like Ferrero Rocher Bars just instead of buying them now you can make at home with goodness of oats.. Lovely recipe..
Cassie Autumn TranSeptember 20, 2018 at 11:51 am
With growth of the blog comes growth of the team behind it, right? I love the communal sense of success and content publication that comes with the blog, as a matter of fact. You know that your other workers MATTER and have PURPOSE for your site–that’s special! These raw Nutella bars look absolutely wonderful. They probably taste like Ferrero Rochers in the form of bars!
Cassie Autumn TranSeptember 16, 2018 at 1:33 am
Nothing beats meeting like-minded people that connect with you too perfectly. What MIGHT beat that is meeting like-minded people over amazing food. Wish I could make friends with these raw Nutella bars, but hey, if I do make them, I just might reel in new buddies!
Andy BishopSeptember 12, 2018 at 12:17 pm
I thought I was going to actually buy some Nutella for this recipe. I was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t require any! Thanks for sharing this! I am going to make this over the weekend!
DeniseSeptember 5, 2018 at 6:13 pm
These sound great. Does it matter what kind of nuts you use?
The Modern ProperSeptember 5, 2018 at 5:30 pm
These look so delicious! And I totally understand not being able to do it all without help! The Modern Proper runs much the same way. No woman is super woman! Way to go pursuing your passions.
Brittany Audra @ Audra's AppetiteSeptember 4, 2018 at 10:44 pm
Love how these are naturally sweetened, and use oats for some texture!! Can’t wait to try these and have on hand in the freezer! 🙂