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I’ve got chocolate covered snacks today!

Dark Chocolate Dipped Crunchy Coconut Cashew Sesame Bars | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Surprise, surprise right?

But when in doubt, always go with chocolate covered. Not that I was in doubt or anything. I mean, dipping these bars in chocolate was honestly the whole reason behind making these extra healthy bars. Duh.

Dark Chocolate Dipped Crunchy Coconut Cashew Sesame Bars | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Dark Chocolate Dipped Crunchy Coconut Cashew Sesame Bars | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

I have actually had these dark chocolate dipped crunchy coconut cashew sesame bars (whew) sitting on my computer since before New Years, but for some reason, things like chia pudding and peanut butter chocolate bars got in the way. Well, it’s not that they got in the way (because they are all freaking delicious), it’s more that I was saving these bars for the very right time because, well that’s just what I do. I save favorite recipes until I am ready to share them. And yeah, sorry if you have heard this before, but I feel I need to explain my freakish ways once more.

But hey, at least there is a method for my madness, I’m giving you healthy chocolate bars that you can totally feel good about eating. That’s gotta count for something, right?

Dark Chocolate Dipped Crunchy Coconut Cashew Sesame Bars | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Dark Chocolate Dipped Crunchy Coconut Cashew Sesame Bars | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

So, these bars are basically a bunch of healthy ingredients (but still really great tasting!) piled into a bar. They are gluten-free, vegan and full of healthy fats and protein. Which is obviously why these are acceptable at any given point throughout the day.

Can you say a little chocolate for breakfast? Ahhhh, yes pleeeaase.

See, your Tuesday is already looking up.

Dark Chocolate Dipped Crunchy Coconut Cashew Sesame Bars | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Dark Chocolate Dipped Crunchy Coconut Cashew Sesame Bars | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

The bulk of these bars are a base of cashews, coconut and boat loads of seeds. I chose to use a mix of black and white sesame seeds, flax seeds and hemp seeds. They seemed to be the perfect mix and added just the right amount of CRUNCH to the bars.

Start off by toasting everything to get that delicious roasted flavor. Then just blend together, mix with a little maple syrup or honey, a touch of vanilla and salt, and bake, cut and dip….

Dark Chocolate Dipped Crunchy Coconut Cashew Sesame Bars | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Dark Chocolate Dipped Crunchy Coconut Cashew Sesame Bars | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Or in my case, double dip. Then drizzle on some more. I just couldn’t help it. You should never go lite on chocolate layers. Just never.

Dark Chocolate Dipped Crunchy Coconut Cashew Sesame Bars | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Dark Chocolate Dipped Crunchy Coconut Cashew Sesame Bars | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Dark Chocolate Dipped Crunchy Coconut Cashew Sesame Bars.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Freeze 5 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings: 8 CHOCOLATE CRUNCHY CASHEW BARS
Calories Per Serving: 532 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 8x8 inch baking pan with cooking spray and then line with parchment, leaving overhang on all sides. Set aside.
  • Toast cashews, coconut, sesame seeds, flaxseeds and hemp seeds in separate areas on a rimmed baking sheet, stirring occasionally (but not mixing the seeds and nuts), until golden brown, about 10–12 minutes. Let cool slightly and measure out 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, 1 tablespoon flaxseed and 1 tablespoon hemp seeds. Set these seeds aside to top the bars with later.
  • Add the cashews, the coconut and the remaining sesame, flax and hemp seeds plus the salt and wheat bran to a food processor or high powdered blender. Process until finely chopped. Place in a medium bowl.
  • Bring maple syrup (or honey) and the coconut oil to a boil in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring, for about 1 minute. Remove and stir in the vanilla. Pour over cashew/seed mixture and stir to coat.
  • Press the mixture firmly into the prepared 8x8 pan with the back of a greased measuring cup or wet hands. Top the bars with the reserved seeds from earlier. Press the seeds gently to adhere. Bake until golden brown, 25–30 minutes. Let cool, then cut into the bars.
  • Dip the cooled bars into the melted chocolate and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Freeze 5 minutes for the chocolate to harden. Store in an air tight container at room temp or in the fridge.

Notes

*Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit January 2015 Issue.

Dark Chocolate Dipped Crunchy Coconut Cashew Sesame Bars | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

And now we snack….and snack a lot.

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  1. I have made these SO many times! I just love them. Now I’m making them for my daughter who has had to change her diet and will try them today with quinoa!

  2. Just tried these and they are amazing! I’m just wondering do you know how much protein, cards, and fat are in these?
    Thanks

  3. I can’t stop scrolling through your recipes and can’t decide anymore what to start cooking with πŸ˜€ Been following you on IG for long now and always loved your creations but now I love them even more. Thank you for sharing all this goodness with us!

  4. Does anyone have a suggestion on how to make these bars stick together? When I cut into squares, they completely crumbled everywhere!

    1. Hey Leslie, did you cut them right out of the oven or once they were cold? Also, did you change anything in the recipe?

  5. I made these today, added the cinnamon with the vanilla and they are amazing. Do you have any idea of the nutritional breakdown? Thanks for the great recipe!

  6. What would you suggest to use in place of the coconut flakes, or how to adapt the recipe to make up for the lack of the coconut flakes…

    I can only stomach fresh coconut…cannot eat any of those shredded, dried coconut products…

    Thanks…

      1. Thanks for the response…I just wasn’t sure if omitting the coconut would make a difference in how they set-up in the end…Will definitely be trying these…

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  8. I made these over the weekend and they were as delicious as they look in the photo. However, you forgot to mention in your directions when you mix in the cinnamon. Not a big deal, I added it in when I mixed the cashew/seed mixture and syrup together. Thanks for a great recipe!

  9. Hi! These look soo soo good and I can’t wait to try them! I just had one question, is it possible to use oats or ground oats instead of the wheat bran or quinoa?

    Thank-you πŸ™‚

  10. These bars are so killer, I love the dip in chocolate and the texture from the sesame seeds! Perfect snack idea!

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  12. Loving the photography! These bars are just as pretty before the chocolate and that’s saying something! πŸ™‚

  13. Wow! Those look great! I’m going to try them with an assortment of nuts instead of just cashews. Wish me luck!

  14. Thank you for making healthy and gluten free snacks! And dark chocolate? Count me in! Can’t wait to try these!!

  15. Wow momma! These sound delicious and totally guilt free, needs to happen in my kitchen asap!

  16. These are on the to do list this weekend! Love your style and have tried a number of recipes. All have been hits! Thanks so much!

  17. Wow these look good! And dark chocolate is always a winner. I love how much “stuff” is stuffed into them. I haven’t tried hemp seeds yet, but I guess now is as a good a time as any to start!

  18. These look great! I have been looking for a healthy snack to satisfy my sweet tooth in the afternoons and these bars look like they can do the trick! How long do you think they would stay good for?

  19. Chocolate dipped is never ever a wrong idea. And the more chocolate the better indeed. These look absolutely amazing. I can’t believe the greatness of a healthy, packed-with-good-for-you stuff bars combined with my always wanted chocolate.

  20. Ok, these are SO right up my alley! I would have never used sesame with a chocolate bar. But, obviously you are a genius for doing so! My husband and I live off of “healthy” bars like these so I can’t wait to try them!

  21. Mmmmm. The textures. They look like they are boss. I really need one of these ASAP. Do you deliver? πŸ™‚

  22. I love your style of saving posts for the right time. It keeps it interesting. These bars are calling my name, Tieghan! I just want to eat that entire stack!

    1. My doctor says my cholesterol is high and that I need to start “healthy snacking” No more of those T.G.I. Fridays bacon cheddar chips from the vending machine at work ~ as tempted as I am!! This is the perfect snack and wife approved, she’s a big fan of flaxseed, coconut flakes, sesame seeds and all those other ingredients I don’t have a clue about!!!

  23. Good Morning.
    Gus does not care for cashews, since I have an abundance of hazelnuts, his fav, will have use them. They look divine. Dark choc , yum.
    I don’t have hemp seed but i have Chia.. ?? Should I wait until i can get hemp? thanks.. so much.

  24. Wow what a great recipe! I love your photography style in this post, the style and lighting remind me of the famous still-life painters πŸ˜‰ Did you take some inspiration from them?