This easy to make dark chocolate and nut bar recipe was inspired by the Kind bars.

This recipe incorporates an even better assortment of healthy nuts and seeds, though, and only uses maple syrup and date syrup to sweeten. Of course, is also uses high quality dark chocolate to top it off.

Your whole house will smell delicious when you’re toasting the nuts, and you’ll love these chewy yet crunchy dark chocolate and nut kind bars – they make a great on the go snack or to keep at the office instead of running to the vending machine.

Here are a few of the benefits:

Pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc (they deliver 19% of the recommended daily value per ounce) another nutrient that supports clear, blemish free skin. Similar as with Vitamin A, research shows that a lack of zinc can contribute to breakouts and acne.

Walnuts make for a nutrient-dense topping that delivers protein and healthy fats, including omega-3, an essential fatty acid that aids in reducing inflammation.  

Dark Chocolate: The primary issue with chocolate is the amount of sugar most typical chocolate bars contains. But, if you choose one with a high cocoa/cacao content (over 85%) and one sweetened with dates, monk fruit, or stevia, you can avoid refined sugar. Coconut sugar is another better option, as has a lower glycemic load than regular white sugar.

(Healthier!) Dark Chocolate & Nut Kind Bar

Ingredients

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 degrees Celsius).

On 2 large baking sheets lined with parchment paper, lay out all of the nuts and seeds (except the hemp seeds) in a single flat layer. Bake for 12 minutes until just starting to turn golden.

Pour all of the toasted nuts and seeds into a large, heat-safe bowl. Add the hemp seeds and mulberries or goji berries. Mix well and set aside. Leave one sheet of parchment paper on one of the baking sheets. Reserve the second parchment paper on the side. Set both aside.

In a small saucepan, combine the maple syrup, date syrup, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Stir occasionally for 5 minutes.

Working quickly but carefully, remove the mixture from the heat. Immediately pour over the nuts and use a rubber spatula to quickly mix. Then, lay out flat on the parchment-lined baking sheet.

Use the second parchment sheet to push down the mixture into about 1 inch (2.5cm) high single flat rectangular shaped layer. Remove the top sheet and let the nut mixture cool and harden for 30 minutes.

Once the nut mixture is hardened, cut it into rectangles.

Melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler, and then using a spoon or pastry bag, drizzle the chocolate over the bars and allow to harden, about 15 minutes.

If desired, before you drizzle the chocolate over the top, you can dip the bottom of each dark chocolate and nut bar in chocolate, to make a chocolate bottom, about ¼ inch (6mm) thick. Return each bar to the parchment paper, and then drizzle the remaining chocolate over the top.


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