These almond butter bars with salted chocolate are an indulgent, no bake treat that requires just 7 ingredients (counting salt). They’re sweet, salty, creamy and you won’t be able to eat just one.
It all begins with salt. You may be thinking that that’s a pretty strange intro for almond butter chocolate bars but the magical ingredient in this recipe happens to be salt.
Last week I started watching the Netflix series “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” and was immediately hooked. It was the salt episode that really had me in awe. It was mesmerizing seeing the work and love that goes into producing such an unpretentious mineral that ends up in our kitchen, which is often taken for granted. I realized I was smiling at the television from ear to ear because it just got me in the heart. Suddenly everything made sense.
Salt is everything. Consider all the delicious food we eat every day, the taste and intensity of flavor in our mouth. Salt has the capacity to turn every single dish we eat into something spectacular. We would’t be able to experience and appreciate food without the essence that is salt.
When I first tested this recipe, I made it simply with a pinch of salt in the chocolate and almond butter mixture but that’s it. It was good but not quite the taste I was looking for. I wanted something more. A certain intensity that was lacking.
Then I tried again and it dawned on me. What I needed to highlight the sweetness and simplicity of the almond butter and chocolate and bring out its sweetness in a subtle way, was salt. It’s a modest and yet transformative ingredient.
I’m sure most of you who spend time in the kitchen know just how important that pinch of salt is in almost any dessert as it brings out its sweetness. Well the same concept applies here. The melted chocolate chips used for these almond butter chocolate bars, take on an entirely new flavor profile when combined with almond butter and sprinkled with sea salt.
And this recipe is impossibly easy to make. You need 7 ingredients and there is no baking involved. Almond butter, coconut flour, maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla create a nice thick base for the layer of luscious chocolate and almond butter that’s finished with a few generous pinches of salt.
It’s undeniable that sweet and salty compliment each other, bringing out the best in any sweet recipe. So check out this easy dessert, let your taste buds celebrate and let’s give a round of applause to salt!
Tips for making almond butter bars with salted chocolate
When it comes to making no bake desserts, sourcing the highest quality ingredients is key, particularly when you’re only using 7 of them.
Runny almond butter is best
For this recipe, I highly recommend using almond butter that needs to be stirred. It will give you the runny consistency which will mix well with the rest of the ingredients. This almond butter is the one I find works the best but if you have a favorite, use that.
If you don’t like almond butter
If you don’t like almond butter, no problem - you can easily substitute peanut, cashew or sun butter.
For this recipe, I do recommend using a good sea salt. If you’re able to find a flaked salt or Himalayan pink sea salt, that’s what I find works the best. It’s milder than regular salt and balances perfectly with the sweet chocolate.
You can make the almond butter chocolate bars with the chocolate I use, but if you’re strictly paleo feel free to use a cup of 100% dark chocolate and sweeten it up with 2 tbsp maple syrup. If you want more sweetness, you can adjust once the chocolate and almond butter have been combined.
No matter which variation you take on the bars, you’ll find that they’re an indulgent, delicious treat that makes a perfect dessert for a gathering or every day. I’d love to hear your thoughts on them!
almond butter chocolate bars with sea salt
prep time: 5 minutes
refrigeration time: 4 hours
1 1/4 cup runny almond butter
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt or Himalayan pink salt
8x8 metal baking tin
Line baking tin with parchment paper.
In large bowl combine 1 cup almond butter, coconut flour, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Stir until well incorporated.
Add mixture to parchment paper lined tin and even out with spatula and/or hand until you have an even layer.
Next you can create a water bath (see below) for your chocolate chips or simply take the lazy route like I do and pour the chocolate chips into medium bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Remove and stir until all chips are melted. Add 1/4 cup almond butter and stir until combined.
Pour chocolaté mixture over almond butter base and even out. Sprinkle with as much salt as you’d like.
Put the bars in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours and then cut them to the desired size.
Store the rest in an air-tight container.
For water bath add one cup water to medium pan, bring to a boil and turn down to a simmer, add bowl with chocolate chips and stir continuously until completely melted.