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Chocolate & Sunflower Seed Energy Bars {4 ingredients, no-bake, vegan}


It’s Tuesday.

Following a 3-day weekend.

With visitors.

Thus, chocolate.



These energy-bars-in-the-round are humble in both ingredients (four) and preparation (no-baking, roughly 5 to 10 minutes total), but not flavor (luscious) or texture (rich and candy-like).

This is a new variation of my DIY LaraBars recipe from 8 years ago (still going strong at our house!). A few significant changes include cocoa powder (one of Central and South America’s original energy foods–antioxidants to the bizillionth power), but also coconut flour (just a little bit; it cuts back on the stickiness–on both hands and teeth–plus, it makes the bars a bit firmer than nuts and fruit alone).

Last, I opted for sunflower seeds in place of the nuts. They are so tasty and affordable, and a great allergy-friendly option for many. You can use raw seeds, but toasting them (or look for roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds) heightens their rich flavor exponentially.

To healthy chocolate.

And, now that I have eaten one one and a half of these pucks, here’s to Tuesday, too!


Yield: 6 round bars

Chocolate & Sunflower Seed Energy Bars {4 ingredients, no-bake, vegan}

Chocolate & Sunflower Seed Energy Bars {4 ingredients, no-bake, vegan}
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2/3 cup (packed) dates (see notes for options)
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seed kernels (raw or roasted/toasted)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour
  • Optional: pinch of fine sea salt


  1. Grease or spray 6 cups of a standard muffin tin.
  2. Place the dates in a small bowl and cover with hot (not boiling) water to cover. Let stand 10 minutes and then drain.
  3. In a food processor, process the sunflower seeds into a fine flour. Add drained dates; process until blended. Add the cocoa powder, coconut flour and optional salt; process until blended into a cohesive "dough".
  4. Remove dough from processor and divide into 6 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and press each into a prepared muffin cup. . Refrigerate at least 30 minutes (until firm) before removing from tin).


Storage: Store the pucks in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 2 months. These will keep at room temperature for more than a day, but will get softer.

Dried Fruit Options: Other moist dried fruit, such as raisins or prune can be used in place of the dates. The pucks will have a slightly fruity flavor (like chocolate covered raisins).

Nutrition Information

Serving Size

1 puck

Amount Per Serving Calories 131Total Fat 5.7gSaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 6mgCarbohydrates 18.5gFiber 3.7gSugar 9.6gProtein 3.8g

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