Simple Chocolate Popcorn Bars (VG, GF, Refined Sugar Free)

Simple Vegan Gluten Free Popcorn Bars by Glow Steady 

Quick, Simple, Healthy 
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If you have found yourself on this page, then you are probably a sweet lover like me, and looking for a super healthy and delicious recipe which you can quickly make at home, and you have definitely come to the right place.

Today's post is a Healthy, Vegan, and Gluten Free recipe from the blog Glow Steady, written by the lovely Sophie! Both being plant based foodies, we decided to put each others recipes to the test, and as you will see we both opted for chocolate based recipes (we aren't chocoholics or anything!). If you want to find out how sophie got on with my healthy chocolate orange digestives click here .

These Chocolate Popcorn Bars are delicious, simple to make, plus super healthy and natural; no nasties here! They are well worth a try and I am so excited to share Sophie's incredible recipe with you all.

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What You Will Need:

  • Half a cup popcorn kernels
  • 1tsp sunflower oil
  • 100g pitted dates
  • 75g whole raw almonds
  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 1 tsp maca powder (optional)
To make this recipe even easier, or if you are worried about burning your popcorn, you can always buy pre-popped popcorn from the shops. I did this using half of a sharing popcorn pack; it worked perfectly!


  1. Line a baking dish with grease proof paper.
  2. First, we’re going to pop the popcorn so heat the oil in a small saucepan on a medium heat. Then add the popcorn and leave the lid on. You should hear it starting to pop after about a minute. It will take about 5 minutes in total. Shake the pan frequently to ensure it isn’t burning. Leave aside for 30 seconds to a minute after removing from heat before removing the lid. After removing the lid, stir in the maca powder if using.
  3. While you’re waiting for the popcorn to pop, put the dates and almonds in a food processor and pulse for 30-45 seconds until crumbly.
  4. In a large mixing bowl combine the date and almond mixture with the popcorn.
  5. Now it’s time to melt the chocolate. Place chocolate in a large bowl over a pan of boiling water. Make sure the bowl and water aren’t touching then wait for chocolate to melt.
  6. Once chocolate is melted, pour the chocolate over the other ingredients in the mixing bowl. Make sure the popcorn is fully coated.
  7. Now press the mixture into the baking dish, try to spread it as evenly as possible.
  8. Place dish in fridge and allow to set for two hours before serving

For more incredible recipes from Sophie's blog click here

My Thoughts:

This is the easiest recipe to whip up ever. You just need a food processor to blend the dates and almonds and you are away. I think they are the perfect healthy alternative to a rocky road, with the same chewy but crunchy textures created by the dates and the popcorn. I'm a huge fan of anything chocolatey and these definitely hit the spot! The only problem is they are way too more-ish!
Let me know if you try making these! 

Whats your favorite healthy snack? 

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  1. They look so good! I'm glad it worked well with bagged popcorn too. They look delicious with the coconut sprinkled on top too. They didn't last very long in my house either...x


  2. I can't eat popcorn due to an illness I have but oh my GOD do these look tasty! Your posts always make me so hungry and crave so many different types of food. I'm so glad you and Sophie are collaborating as I love both of your blogs so much!
    Alice Xx

  3. Saving this recipe because it looks so delicious, can't wait to try it!


  4. I am always trying to look for more healthier alternatives recently and this sounds a yummy sweet treat!

    Ellyn x | Life Of A Beauty Nerd

  5. These look delicious!! Will definitely be trying these out for next weeks snack :) x
    Lily | The Wellbeing Edit


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