Homemade Chocolate Chip Brownie Bars

Gluten free and vegan chocolate chip brownie bars made with dates, nuts and chocolate chips. Why pay more than $1 at the store when you can make your own? 

Homemade Chocolate Chip Brownie Energy Bars

Lately I have been thinking about my Stay-at-home-Mom status.

I feel like I’m telling a lie when I’m asked what I’m doing and I reply by ” I’m a Stay-at-home-Mom to a 2-year-old”.

I should tell people I’m a “Mother of a two-year old who rarely stays home”. Seems like telling the truth.

Gluten free and vegan chocolate chip brownie energy bars made with dates, nuts and chocolate chips from Roxanashomebaking.com

In the last couple of weeks my schedule was

  • 5.30- 6 – wake up, tea, read the paper, check emails
  • 7.30 ish – breakfast with family
  • 8 to 10 (or 11 depending on the days) – jogging and gym
  • 11 to 1 – prepare and have lunch
  • 1 to 4 (sometimes 5) – play-date
  • (some days like today ) – dance class late in the afternoon
  • 7 ish – dinner
  • 8 to 10 – family time
  • 10-12 – (if I’m still able to keep my eyes opened) computer timeGluten Free Chocolate Chip Brownie Bars

All these activities require lots of make-ahead snacks and energy bars to keep me going. Or Chocolate Chip Brownie bars.

Chocolate makes everything better, right?

Who doesn’t crave a chocolate treat after sweating at the gym? Sometimes I think that’s one of the reasons I go, just so I can indulge into one of these chocolate chip brownie bars when I’m done.

I have been on a brownie kick in the last month. Double Chocolate Black Bean Brownies and Triple Chocolate Brownie Cookies made their way on the blog.

Chocolate Chip Brownie Bars | roxanashomebaking.com

Today it’s time for a Chocolate Chip, Date and Nuts Brownie LaraBar

Kinda long name, huh?

The name Chocolate Chip Brownie came from the well-known Larabars.
Now I don’t have to pay $1.29 for one. I can easily make them at home.

The list of ingredients I got it from the Larabar website and after playing a little bit with the quantities I made a bar that tastes way much better than the store-bought one and I can make it whenever I want to.

I love making energy bars at home. You can add whatever ingredients you want. Peanuts instead of almonds and/or walnuts. More/less nuts. More/Less chocolate chips. Other dried fruit. They are so versatile.

Chocolate Chip Brownie Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

2 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 16 bars

Chocolate Chip Brownie Bars

Homemade chocolate chip brownie energy bar, made with dates, nuts and chocolate chips. Healthy. Gluten free. Vegan.


  • 1/4 cup (25 grams) walnuts pieces
  • 1/4 cup (35 grams) whole almonds
  • 1/8 tsp fleur-de-sel (table salt works just as fine)
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips (or carob chips for vegan bars)
  • 1/4 cup (20 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups (330 grams) dried pitted dates


  1. Line a 8X8 baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor put the almonds and nuts. Pulse a couple of times until they resemble fresh bread crumbs. You can even leave them bigger if you prefer.
  3. Pour the nuts mixture into a bowl and set aside.
  4. Now, place the dates into the food processor and pulse until paste forms. Add the nuts, mini chocolate chips, cocoa and salt. Pulse a few more times until well combined.
  5. Scrape the mixture and press in (as evenly as possible) into the prepared pan. Cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours until set.
  6. When set, take the pan out of the fridge, carefully remove it from the pan and transfer to a cutting board.
  7. Slice as desired. I prefer 16 bars.
  8. Keep in a air-tight container in the fridge or freezer.
  9. Enjoy!

If you liked these chocolate chip brownie bars you may also like

Homemade peanut butter chocolate bars 

Homemade peanut butter chocolate bars

Homemade chocolate coconut chew bars

Homemade chocolate coconut chew bars

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  1. says

    LOL, I always tell people that the trick to being a successful stay at home parent is to stay at home as little as possible. Sounds like you have it right to me! And these bars look amazing!

  2. Lisa says

    What a schedule the past few weeks – I’m amazed you still found the time to bake such amazing treats like these chocolate chip brownie bars. They look great – love the dates in them..I can only imagine how chewy and fudgy they are!

  3. says

    I feeel you, when did stay at home mom get so busy? It seems life is getting busier and busier each month, but these bars seem like the perfect on the go snack, missed your blog. You always have the perfect treat for us on the go ladies!!

  4. cassie says

    I can see why you would need some extra energy…on the go all the time! I do the same thing. These brownie bars look so dense and wonderful Roxanna!

  5. Bonnie Banters says

    I look forward to my chocolate reward after exercising too! These chocolatey, chewy-looking bars would be a great motivator to get through my exercise routine…thanks!

  6. says

    lovely and healthy snack bar! True a mom that runs around would be more like it. Kids are one of the hardest jobs we have with not much credit for it from anyone but it’s the best job too.

  7. Dionne Baldwin says

    Thank goodness. :) I need a fresh, new vegan snack recipe. Mne are getting boring! I’ll give these bars a try!

  8. says

    The fact that you can take an ingredient list and make something this wonderful is why I think you’re such an awesome baker. I have been enjoying your brownie recipes and this is no exception. These look perfect, Roxana. I spotted carob chips (which I never even knew existed until you mentioned them in another post) at the store the other day and I will use them when I borrow this recipe. :)

  9. says

    I can not wait to make these Sunday! I understand your busy schedule…..have been really off lately, but hoping to get back on track soon! will share these on my fb wall as well! xoxox

  10. says

    You are so lucky to be able to stay at home with your baby. I was able to stay at home for a few years, then work part time at our local school district. It was such a wonderful time of life.

  11. says

    I could use a brownie bar like this to give me a quick pick me up this morning. Some days no amount of coffee and tea will do the trick! Perhaps I should eat more chocolate?!?! These look great, your day sounds similar to mine… oh the life of a mom.

  12. says

    The bar looks lovely and sounds so yum!
    It’s good to stay busy sweetie and even though I am not a mom yet .. i still can’t find time in hand at all! Time just fly away somehow…

  13. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says

    Love your styling! And fleur de sel would definitely take this bars into another level of deliciousness 😀

  14. Katie says

    Yumm! I love making homemade larabars! I haven’t tried adding chocolate chips yet! I have a 17 month old and we are always on the go to so it is always nice to have easy snacks I can take with me!

  15. Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) says

    Super idea! This would kick start my day! Or maybe my lunch it always seems like my breakfast is really at lunch time after getting all the kids stuff going! :) LOL My name is Cindy and I blog over at Vegetarianmamma.com I wanted to invite you to link up your recipe at our Gluten Free Fridays Recipe Link up party! It happens every Friday and we’d love to have you join us with some of your awesome recipes! You can find this week’s link up here: http://vegetarianmamma.com/gluten-free-friday-recipe-link-up-1/


  16. says

    I’m finishing my first bar and my mouth is watering for more! These are fantastic! Chocolatey, chewy, deliciousness. I originally made them for my 2 1/2 year olds, but I’m channeling my inner toddler, because I keep hearing myself say “mine, mine”. Thank you for helping me feed my little ones a healthy snack- the next time one of those moms breaks out a chocolate bar and my kidabunks ask for one, I’ll be sure to say “taa daaaa” and present them with one of your chocolatey goodness bars.

    • says

      Hi Theresa,
      Thanks so much for the sweet comment. Happy to hear I could help you find a healthy chocolate bar.
      I hope i’ll get the other two Larabar versions ready soon :)

  17. Kristin W. says

    These are amazing. Made a batch and rolled them into balls instead of bars, tasted the first one and instantly went back and made another batch. Oh these are so good!

  18. Jaimie says

    Mine won’t stay together in a bar format. I’m going to try them sandwiched between some oats like a matrimonial cake

  19. mona says

    You rock. Can’t wait to try this one, looks scrumptious.
    Too expensive to keep buying LB, adds up in no time.
    Will try and get back to you.


  20. Lori says

    what ‘type’ of dates – there are several at the store. Also, do you use just the whole dried date or the date pieces dusted with oat flour? We LOVE the Lara bars, but they are or cheap. And if they are even better, I’m on it. THX

    • says

      Hi Lori,
      My local grocery store sells only one type of dates. No other names. And yes, just the whole dried dates, not the flour dusted pieces.

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