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Chocolate Almond Butter Bars

These Almond Butter Bars are an easy, no-bake dessert made with just 7 simple ingredients.Think healthy dessert bars that are as indulgent as they come, yet still Vegan, Gluten-Free, Grain-free, and Paleo friendly.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Diet Vegan
Method No-Bake
Prep Time 1 hour
Servings 18 bars
Calories 190kcal
Author Caitlin Shoemaker


For the Chocolate Base Layer:

For the Almond Butter Filling:

For the Chocolate Top:

  • 3 ounces high-quality dairy-free dark chocolate* chopped
  • 1 teaspoon refined coconut oil Optional; this makes the chocolate easier to pour
  • Flaky salt for garnish


  • Prep: Line a 8″x3″ loaf pan with parchment paper. Make sure there is extra paper hanging over two sides of the pan, to make the bars easier to remove (see blog post photos for reference).
  • Base Layer: Whisk the almond flour, cacao powder, and a pinch of salt together in a medium bowl. Pour in the maple syrup, then begin mixing with a spatula. Mix until all of the flour has absorbed the maple syrup and the dough sticks together when pinched; you may need to switch to your hands at some point. Transfer the base layer to the lined pan and use a damp spatula or fingertips to evenly press the dough into the base; place in the freezer while you prepare the filling.
  • Almond Butter Layer: Use a spatula to mix the almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt together in a separate medium bowl. Add the melted coconut oil once combined and mix until completely incorporated – the filling will begin to stick to the sides of the bowl, but still be runny. Pour this mixture into the lined pan over the base layer, using a spatula to smooth out the top. Return the pan to the freezer.
  • Chocolate Layer: Add the dark chocolate and coconut oil (if using) to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 60 seconds; remove from the oven and use a clean and dry spatula to stir the chocolate and oil together until all pieces of chocolate have completely melted. Pour the melted chocolate mixture over the almond butter mixture. You can use a spatula to spread it around but it should still be quite runny, so you can also gently shake the pan back and forth to help it spread evenly. Sprinkle Maldon salt over the melted chocolate, then place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes, or until the bars have hardened.
  • Slice: Run a sharp knife along the un-lined edges of the pan, then grab the two “flaps” of parchment paper to remove the bars and transfer to a cutting board. Use a sharp, clean knife to slice the bars into 12-18 even pieces, or as desired. I like to run the knife under hot water and wipe it off between cuts for cleaner cuts. To prevent the chocolate layer from cracking I have found it easiest to use a knife to “score” the top chocolate layer first; once you have made shallow grooves in the chocolate it is easier to cut all the way through the bar.
  • Serve: As desired; these bars will soften over time at room temperature and are best served slightly chilled. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 10 days for a fudgy texture, or in the freezer for up to 2 months for a firmer bar.


  • Coconut Oil: I recommend using refined coconut oil because it is flavorless – if you use virgin or raw coconut oil these bars will have a coconut flavor to them. To keep this recipe oil-free you can substitute the coconut oil with coconut butter. The bars still taste great this way, but they have a distinct coconut flavor and the almond butter filling is a little harder to spread evenly.
  • Chocolate: I recommend using a chocolate bar over chocolate chips in this recipe because chocolate chips are made with food-grade wax and do not melt as smoothly. I used a strong 88% dark chocolate, but if you prefer your bars to be sweeter you can use a bar with a lower cacao percentage.
  • Other Substitutions: I have not tested any substitutions for almond flour. Maple syrup can be replaced with any other liquid sweetener of choice. Almond butter can also be replaced for any nut or seed butter of choice – the thicker the butter, the thicker the bars will be


Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.002g | Cholesterol: 0.1mg | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1mg