Dark Chocolate Nut & Seed Bars

The weather is warming up here on the west coast, which means a great deal of hiking and camping is in my near future.

Last summer, on my grand Yukon road trip, snacks like these nut & seed bars came in handy while driving for 200km at a time without seeing civilization or when my legs began to wobble while descending down a mountain that almost killed me. Granola and granola bars are always a savior in those particular situations.

Brown rice syrup has been a preferred sweetener of mine for years. Not only is it a lower glycemic sweetener, meaning it doesn’t rapidly spike your blood sugar, but it also acts as a nice binder in the gf baking world. Its thick, sticky consistency helps hold these nut & seed bars together, and in combination with the coconut sugar, gives them a crisp exterior, yet chewy middle.

Dark Chocolate Nut & Seed Bars

When creating this recipe, I had KIND bars in mind. The first time I ever tried one was last summer, while in desperate need of a snack. While I can’t say I was overly impressed with most of their too salty bars, except for one variety, I do like their style where they leave the whole nuts intact.

When making any granola bars in the past, I would always roughly chop the nuts prior to adding them to the mix. Keeping them whole cuts back on prep time and looks a little better, almost like you’re getting more.

Dark Chocolate Nut & Seed Bars

While I did only do a light chocolate drizzle over top of these bars, you can double the amount of chocolate chips in the recipe and dip the whole top surface of the bar in chocolate. Or even add a handful of chocolate chips in the mix before baking.

5 from 5 votes
Dark Chocolate Nut & Seed Bars
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
  • cup Raw Almonds
  • ½ cup Raw Cashews
  • cup Sunflower Seeds
  • ¼ cup Unsweetened Coconut
  • ¼ cup Rice Syrup
  • cup Coconut Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp melted Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Almond Butter
  • 1 ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ tsp Sea Salt
  • cup Dark Chocolate Chips + 1 tsp Coconut Oil for topping
  1. Turn oven on to 350℉ and line a loaf pan with parchment.
  2. Add the rice syrup, coconut sugar, coconut oil, almond butter, vanilla and salt in a bowl and whisk until incorporated. Add in the nuts, seeds and coconut in the same bowl and stir until well combined. Spread evenly into the lined pan and bake for 25 minutes.
  3. Allow for the bars to cool completely, then cut. Melt your chocolate and drizzle over top of the bars.
Healthy homemade KIND style Nut & Seed Bars made with natural sweeteners #vegan #glutenfree #recipe

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Tania | Fit Foodie Nutter

What a great recipe Nicole! I’m a total snack girl (and not afraid to admit it) and these bars would come very high on my snack list for sure! I might actually make them to take on the plane with me this Friday when we go on our vacation to Florida! Whoop whoop! How many bars do you reckon I will need to keep me crunching for 7 hours on the plane from London?…. lol Thank you for a great recipe Nicole x


Saving this! We’re always looking for new snack bar recipes; this sounds yummy!


It seems like every day I’m hearing the importances of having more nuts and seeds in our diet! These bars are a delicious way of making that happen!


I am pinning these to try later! We will be camping and hiking a lot this summer and these will be the perfect treat to bring along!

Jasmin //VeeatCookBake

This is the perfect snack. Love how simple those are.

Nicole Dawson

Homemade bars are simply the best and your bar looks way better than any store bought version. We cannot do nuts, so we load them up with all different types of seeds and seed butters.

Linda from Veganosity

These look like the perfect post workout snack. I love all of the different kinds of nuts and seeds, and of course, the chocolate drizzle on top!

Stephanie Cafasso

This is the most delicious recipe! I love hiking and they are perfect for a quick snack on the trail. Easy to make and nice to know all the ingredients I’m putting in, instead of buying the processed bars at the store.


These bars look SO scrumptious and healthy at the same time, I’m not even sure how this is possible 😀 I’ll definitely be making these as we always have bars in the house for hiking/trail running/camping adventures. But none of the bars I buy look so good and have such great lists of ingredients, so thank you!