Black Sesame and Coconut Chocolate Cherry Bars by Chronicles of Passion

Black Sesame and Coconut Chocolate Cherry Bars

by Laura Peill

Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Keywords: raw blender dessert snack vegan gluten-free chocolate dates nuts squares

I've been on a cherry kick lately, and these raw chocolate cherry bars are the result. I'm totally okay with it.

Ingredients (10 Bars)

    For the Base
    • 3/4 cup large flake oats
    • 3 tbsp black sesame seeds
    • 1 tbsp chia seeds
    • 1 tbsp hemp hearts
    • 1 tbsp coconut oil
    • 3 tbsp coconut butter
    • 2 tbsp raw honey
    • 6 medjool dates
    For the Cherry Layer
    • 1 1/2 cup dates
    • 1 cup frozen cherries, divided
    • 2 tbsp cacao powder
    • 1 tsp maca powder
    • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed


      For the Base
      • Place all the ingredients in a food processor and process until ground up and the mixture starts to stick together. Scrape regularly while blending.
      • Once everything is ground up and dates are fully incorporated into the mixture, the whole thing will look crumbly, but you should be able to press it together with your hands.
      • Line a square or rectangular baking dish, pour mixture into the dish and press down flat.
      • Place the base in the fridge to harden.
      For the Cherry Layer
      • In a food processor, add the dates, maca powder, cacao powder, ground flaxseed and half the cherries.
      • Process until dates are mostly ground up - some chunky bits will remain.
      • Thaw the remainder of your cherries, reserving the liquid (I put mine in the microwave for 30 seconds), and with the processor running, pour in the rest of the thawed cherries and their juice.
      • Continue to process until a smooth, thick spreadable mixture forms. You can add a little bit of extra water if it doesn't seem to be runny enough to go smooth. You want it to remain thick but easy to spread and with no large chunks of date left.
      • Once smooth, remove the base from the fridge and spread the cherry mixture evenly over the top. Sprinkle with cacao nibs, hemp hearts and crushed peanuts if you prefer and then return to the fridge for 3 hours, or overnight, to harden.
      • Slice into bars to serve and store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.