These no-bake vegan and paleo chocolate walnut crumb bars have a rich fudgy chocolate center sandwiched between a chewy cashew coconut crust and crumble.
While I know that this time of year is all about baking and cookie making, I still appreciate an easy no-bake kind of dessert. Anything that saves me time and effort around the holidays (or any time of year for that matter) is a winner in my book.
These no-bake chocolate walnut crumb bars are one of my go-to sweets for when I need to whip up something fast and easy that doesn’t require me to turn the oven on.
The bars have a tender and chewy crust, a rich fudgy chocolate center with plenty of walnuts and a crumbly topping.
I think you’ll be surprised at just how little time it takes to make these. The whole process takes less than 30 minutes since these bars are built straight in the pan. There’s no whisking or rolling, no pile of dishes to attend to afterwards, just blend, press and chill. The chilling really is the longest bit here.
It all begins with the crust and the crumb topping which is made in a matter of minutes in the food processor. Coconut and cashews pulsed together with dates create a dough that is rich and nutty with a hint of vanilla.
Even more sticky sweet Medjool dates are blended up with cocoa powder and a bit of coconut oil to make surprisingly rich fudge with a robust chocolate flavor. Stir in some walnuts any you have a great treat as is, but sandwich that in between the nutty base and crumbly top and you’ve got yourself a winning combination.
You can cut them into bite-sized squares and serve them on a dessert platter or tuck them into boxes for giving. If you’re bored with traditional holiday desserts trying making these in a tart pan cut into wedges instead of cake or pie. And of course don’t count these out for the rest of the year, they make a great addition to picnics and potlucks too.
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