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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!


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

  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 6 round bars 1x




  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).

  • Category: portable power pucks, snack


  • Serving Size: 1 puck
  • Calories: 131
  • Sugar: 9.6 g
  • Sodium: 6 mg
  • Fat: 5.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18.5 g
  • Fiber: 3.7 g
  • Protein: 3.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg


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