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 Dark Chocolate Pistachio Bars are naturally sweetened and filled with good-for-you ingredients! Plus they are simple to make and adapt! 

Stacked Dark Chocolate Pistachio Granola Bars.

Hey everyone! It’s Chelsea back from Chelsea’s Messy Apron.

These are SUCH a great snack to keep you on track with healthy eating! They are so delicious you won’t be missing all those sweets from the holidays because these taste like a dessert! And…the chocolate topping doesn’t hurt that 🙂


One of my favorite all-time snacks is a Chewy Dipps bar. But those are basically glorified candy bars…SO enter these. These bars are naturally sweetened and filled with good-for-you ingredients! Plus they are simple to make and adapt! If you aren’t a pistachio fan, you can switch them out for any nut. And you could also add a different type of chocolate such as milk chocolate or semi-sweet. If you change the chocolate to milk or semi-sweet, they won’t be as healthy as dark chocolate, but still a lot better than a store-bought granola bar!

Enjoy 🙂
Pistachio Granola Bars.


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Dark Chocolate Pistachio Granola Bars

By: Chelsea Lords
Dark Chocolate Pistachio Bars are naturally sweetened and filled with good-for-you ingredients! Plus they are simple to make and adapt! 
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12 Bars


Granola Bar Topping

  • 1 cup dark or milk chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil


  • Line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper or foil with an overhang for easy removal. Don't spray with cooking spray as it makes these greasy. Set aside.
  • In a small blender jar (I use the Twister jar for Blendtec) or a food processor, pulse the pitted dates to create a very thick and sticky paste. (If your dates aren't moist, soak in warm water and then drain and dry very well)
  • Scoop out the date paste and place in a bowl.
  • Slightly warm up the peanut butter and maple syrup in the microwave (like 20 seconds) and stir into the date paste. Stir well.
  • Add in the vanilla extract.
  • Stir in the quick oats and the old fashioned oats.
  • Add in the miniature chocolate chips and chopped pistachios
  • Knead with your hands to get it all well mixed.
  • Press into the prepared 8 x 8 baking pan and set aside while assembling the melted chocolate.
  • In a large microwave safe bowl combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil (measured when the oil is in a hardened state).
  • Microwave in bursts of 15 seconds stirring in between each burst for 15 seconds until melted.
  • Pour evenly over the bars and tip the pan around to move the chocolate in an even layer on top.
  • Place in the fridge (covered) until the chocolate is completely set.
  • Remove from the pan and cut into bars.
  • Store in the fridge, covered.


Calories: 304kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 6gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 53mgPotassium: 310mgFiber: 4gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 66IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 71mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
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About Chelsea Lords

Chelsea is the blogger behind Chelsea's Messy Apron. She is always experimenting in the kitchen and making new things to eat. "Or I am in the kitchen eating. Both are good." She tries to eat a balanced diet of healthful foods, but she loves desserts. You will find most of her recipes are healthy and easy, but still taste great! She has found that eating is all about balance and she hopes that that is the case on her site!

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  1. That moving photo is so fun!! These bars look especially tasty and pretty darn healthy. I might just have to make them today.