Healthy ‘Eatmore’ Fudge Squares

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“Mmmmmm… they totally taste like Eatmore Bars!!” said my hubby, and the name was born. Healthy ‘Eatmore’ Fudge Squares, because that describes them perfectly. A chewy, yet crunchy, sweet, chocolaty bottom, topped with a rich, fudgey (is that a word?!), decadent, chocolaty layer, cut into a perfect little four bite square. YUM.

This recipe is a perfect ‘I-need-a-little-treat-but-don’t-want-to-actually-have-a-bad-treat’ treat! The squares are made with minimal ingredients, all natural and all good for you; nuts, unsweetened cocoa powder, dates, pure raw honey, almond butter, and banana. That’s it, that’s all – no flour, no refined sugars, no chemicals, no additives, no CRAP! Just good whole food to put you in a really good mood! :)

I made these squares in about 15 minutes flat, after letting the dates soak for about half an hour (this step is optional but makes the bottom layer come together easier), and then popped the tray in the freezer for about 30 minutes.

I still have some hanging out in the freezer, even though I made this batch a couple weeks ago, and they still taste as good as they did the day I made them – they don’t actually freeze solid, they stay nice and firm, but easy to bite into, and soften up in about a minute at room temperature.

The only drawback of these squares, is that at room temperature for too long they will melt and become a bit of a mess – so keeping them chilled is the key!

The hubby ate about 6 the night I made them, so be careful, they are really tasty, and although made with whole, unprocessed ingredients, they still do have about 140 calories a pop! Keep moderation in mind and enjoy one or two at a time :)

It’s so awesome to know that healthy desserts CAN be made, and enjoyed, and still taste amazing. I love seeing healthy alternatives to typical unhealthy dessert ingredients!

No more do cakes, cupcakes, brownies, pies, and squares need to be made with white sugar or white flour, shortening, or other processed garbage!!! The internet has a plethora of healthy baking alternatives… so no excuses!!

Ok, I will step off my pedestal… so you can go make these!!

4.8 from 13 reviews
Healthy 'Eatmore' Fudge Squares
 
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Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • ½ cup almonds, unsalted
  • ½ cup walnuts, unsalted
  • ¼ cup + ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 4 tbsp natural almond butter
  • 4 tbsp unpasteurized honey
Instructions
  1. Put dates in a bowl with warm water, allow dates to soak for 30 minutes, then drain.
  2. Mix together dates, almonds, walnuts, and ¼ cup cocoa powder in a food processor until well blended.
  3. Spread mixture in a 9x5 baking pan until evenly distributed, and press down gently with a spoon.
  4. Mix together bananas, almond butter, honey, and other ¼ cup cocoa powder in the food processor until well blended.
  5. Spread mixture over bottom layer until evenly distributed.
  6. Place in freezer for 30 minutes.
  7. Cut into 16 squares. Re-freeze whatever you don’t eat and enjoy at another time!
Enjoy!
Christal
Nutritionist in the Kitch

Comments

  1. says

    These look amazing! I’ll make them as is, but alas, my dear hubby is allergic (sensitive) to chocolate/cocoa. Is there a proper substitute? Almond flour? Regular flour or a GF blend? (He’s not GF). Adding a different extract too perhaps? He LOVES nuts and bananas so I thought it’d be fun to make something like this for him. Thanks for the help — I love your site!

    • Christal Sczebel says

      Have you tried Carob powder before Joan?? It’s a bit smoky in flavour but a great cocoa substitute!

  2. Melissa says

    Christal, these are delicious!!! The fudgy, firm pudding like texture achieved with the top layer, combined with the yummy taste of banana, pb and chocolate is AWESOME!! That combined with them being so easy to make makes this recipe a definite keeper :) Thanks!

    • Christal says

      Honestly.. nothing :( They just wouldn’t turn out the same!! … well actually, mashed plantain could work, but that’s very similar to banana!

  3. helen says

    Is this meant to be a frozen dessert? Only I made them and the top is wet and watery at room temperature. Someone else had the same problem and you mentioned using a thicker honey, but then another post you mention maple syrup would written great? Surely maple syrup would be just as runny as what I made today with ‘thin’ honey. Can I add some sort of starch to thicken it up?

  4. Angel-li says

    I followed the directions perfectly, but the bottom turned out as crumbs and the top never solidified and was like a wet, messy pudding. My children and I were very disappointed as the lump of crumbs and pudding on my plate tasted wonderful….and it was a waste of very expensive ingredients. Any suggestions?

    • Christal says

      The only reason I’ve guessed this problem has happened with a few people is that the honey you used was too runny – liquid as opposed to a thicker creamed honey! It seems when the honey is very runny it doesn’t set as well! How long did you let it set in the freezer for?

    • Tammy says

      I added a table spoon of peanut butter to the dates and instead of walnuts added half a cup of quick oats. to the top i added a tablespoon of powdered peanut butter (pb2) to the mix and it is wonderful.

  5. jill says

    Hi! i made these and hubby loved them, he didnt realise they were healthy and through they were actually fudge!

    just a question- i’m not a huge fan of banana. is there anything I could substitute so it doesn’t have that banana taste?

  6. Cristina says

    Hey Christal! The fudges are wonderful! I have a question. I don’t like honey nor agave pretty much, can I use another sweetener like liquid stevia or something or do you think it will be a mess??

    Thanks and regards from Spain!

  7. Desire says

    Hi Christal, made these today, they are still in the freezer.. cant wait to try them. Just a quick question, my husband has high cholesterol – would all these nuts and almond butter not be bad for his cholesterol??

    • Christal says

      Definitely not… that is, unless he ate the whole plan. Almond butter and nuts are a fantastic source of unsaturated fats which actually support cardiovascular health! The key is moderation! If he has one square once and a while as a treat it’s fine! :) With high cholesterol, the biggest culprit is refined sugars!

  8. Meredith says

    Just tried these they are amazing, filling and hit the I need chocolate now spot! It was so rich I couldn’t even finish my piece! Thanks for the recipe :)

  9. Marsha Filimon says

    I made these last night and they are A M A Z I N G! I used organic raisins instead of dates and it worked great! This is going to be our Birthday treat from now on. They were gone this morning! Just may have to double the recipe next time. Thank you so much for helping me love being in the kitchen again! :)

    • Marsha Filimon says

      One more thing, I don’t have a food processor yet so I improvised with my blender and a New Wave Twister! Can’t wait til I can afford me a food processor! :)

    • Christal says

      Hi Marsh! I’m so happy you enjoyed them, I was just thinking the other day how I need to make more of these! So yummy!!

  10. tess says

    I have been waiting to make these FOREVER. I asked for a food processor for my birthday (partly because there are so many baking recipes of yours that require one). The bottom layer is sooooo yummy like EatMore and they are just a perfect choloately treat! The BF also approves of course. Another great one for my recipe book Christal!!

    My top layer is quite messy though, does it just need to be frozen for longer or is it supposed to be a little gooey???

    • Christal says

      They should be pretty solid so I would recommend freezing longer! Just keep them in the freezer until the top layer is firm to the touch! :)

  11. says

    I’ve newly discovered your blog and am loving it. I was recently diagnosed with MS and am going down the road of gluten free and refined sugar free. These look and sound delicious!

    • Christal says

      Hey Katrina! I’m so happy to have you following the blog and I hope you find many recipes that will suit your needs – it’s all refined sugar free here, and LOTS of gluten free too! :)

      • says

        I made these today (in a 9×5 pan). Delicious! A perfect treat! (I just saw the bit about 8×8 pan–I’ll do that next time, just so there is more of them.) ;) In the 9×5, I froze them for a couple hours, it just worked out that way. They melted fast, but love them. I’m sure they’ll be better even frozen overnight.

        • Christal says

          I’m glad to hear you enjoyed them Katrina! Yes, they melt quickly, so are best kept chilled! :) I usually keep a batch in the freezer for a sweet yummy treat now and then! :)

  12. says

    This looks so amazing! I can’t wait to make them, eat them and then talk about how fabulous they are!! Thanks for the great recipe!!

  13. Ginger says

    Wow, delicious! I found the recipe elsewhere with a couple of small modifications: it specified Medjool dates, and omitted the soaking step – maybe because Medjools are more moist? And it called for double the cocoa in the topping. My dates weren’t pitted but it only took about a minute to pit them myself. The un-soaked dates combined with the nuts and cocoa just fine and molded well into the pan. I used agave instead of honey. I only had about 3 Tbsp, but that was plenty. I didn’t get much banana flavor in the topping at all because it was so fudgey and chocolately, but I like bananas so maybe I just didn’t notice. Usually I’m intimidated by “healthy sweets” recipes because they seem so complicated, but this was so easy and tasty I could see it being one of my “go-to” treats. Thanks!

  14. Miriam says

    I have these in the freezer right now – so excited to taste. I know they will be delicious because I couldn’t help tasting as I went along…

    I used peanut butter in the top because I don’t have almond butter, and I threw in some mini chocolate chips to the base. It’s my first time using dates – I’ve made other raw nut/dried fruit desserts using prunes.

    Thanks for sharing this great recipe – I got over here from chocolatecoveredkatie, and now I’m looking forward to becoming a regular here.

  15. Ariel says

    Hi I’m new to your blog but these look amazing. I have a nut allergy and was wondering if the nuts in the recipe can be substituted for anything? Maybe sunflower seed kernels?

    • Christal says

      I would definitely try sunflower seeds Ariel, but what I would do is mix the base with the dates and then stir in the sunflower seeds manually so they stay whole and give the base a little more crunch! :)

  16. Sonja says

    Saw your recipe at Chocolate Covered Katie and it looks great. For the banana substitute rather than flax how about a thick chia seed pudding ? If so what amounts would you suggest ?
    Thanks!

  17. Justin says

    Christal, I have been wanting to make these for awhile, finally did, and wow! SO tasty! Thanks, I will be trying more and more of your recipes. You have a great blog, keep it up.

    • Christal says

      So glad you gave them a try Justin! Thanks for stopping by the blog :) I promise you won’t be disappointed with the other recipes!!

  18. Lou says

    OK so these have only just gone into the freezer but already I know they are going to be awesome (after licking spoon of topping!) I am training for the London Marathon and live on bananas, peanut butter and dried fruit for energy so these are right up my street. I ran out of dates so topped up with some dried cranberries. I also used 2 tbls honey and 2 agave and used peanut butter in the topping. I reckon some sour cherries would be yummy too! Fingers crossed they work out!

  19. Deb says

    I’ve been following your blog for a few weeks now, after a friend shared the healthy eat-more fudge square link. Discovering your blog came at a perfect time as my husband and I decided to be even more deliberate about eating clean and to make a huge change and go sugar free. The fudge squares have made the transition so easy as we have had a piece each night for the past 8 nights. My husband says this is teh best dessert I have ever made! Don’t know what we are going to do tomorrow! Probably make one of your other fabulous recipes! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Christal says

      Thanks so much Deb! I’m so happy you and your husband have been able to work on making the transition to healthier eating with the help of my blog! Let me know what else you decide to try! I think you’d love the energy bars too – they are naturally sweet and a great healthy snack to have during the day when you get a little craving for something sugary!

  20. Kathy says

    Thank you! I made it this evening and it was great! Our church is doing a Daniel Fast and everything was ok to use but the honey but I substituted it with agave. Thank you for posting!

  21. says

    I can’t wait to try these out! My hubby and kids aren’t big banana fans and can suspect even the slightest bit, so I think I’ll try 1 banana with the flax seed eggs and see how that goes. Thank you so much for the recipe and ideas!!!!!!!!!

  22. Michele says

    Can you taste the bananas in the finished product? I’m not a banana fan, though I’m very much a fan of your general concept! If the banana taste does come through, what might be a good substitute? I have all-natural homemade apple and pear butters on hand. All natural peanut butter? Obviously the fat and calorie counts would go up, but I don’t mind, as long as processed sugar and gluten are kept out.

    • Christal says

      Hey Michele, Yes the banana taste does come through a bit, however… in the second batch I made, I used only one banana and then I put about half a cup of plain yogurt and a tsp of vanilla extract in the mix. I couldn’t taste any banana in those, the only thing is that the fudge portion doesn’t stay as soft in the freezer, its a little more frozen almost like a fudgesicle consistency, but not too frozen that you can’t bite into it!

  23. says

    Ok, these are Ah-ma-zing!!!! I haven’t had a yummy, decadent, or brownie like treat in a really, really long time. This recipe is just heaven in my mouth! LOVE!!! Thanks for sharing. xox

    -Tickled In Love

  24. Randy Reichardt says

    Christal, I’ve looked high and low for a 9″x5″ baking pan. I cannot find one in any store, even Bed, Bath and Beyond. I have a 9″x13″, a 9″x11″, and an 8″x8″. I’ve seen 9″x5″ loaf pans. Where does one buy a 9″x5″ baking pan? ARGH!

        • Christal says

          Yes, because you used the 9×5 the mixture will be a lot thicker and will take longer to freeze through, but it will soon enough! :) Try them in the morning when it’s hardened enough!

    • Randy Reichardt says

      So I tried making them in a 9×5 loaf pan. Been in the freezer for about 40 minutes, but the top part is still very liquidy. And I think I maybe didn’t flatten out the bottom part enough. Should I leave it in the freezer a lot longer? Your photos show the top smooth part to be quite stable.

  25. Foo says

    I’ve just made these and oh my god! They are incredible! I’m always looking out for sweet paleo treats.
    The topping would make a perfect cake filling as well.
    Thank you thank you thank you.

    • Christal says

      Hi!! I’m glad you love them! They would! I’m already trying to think of different ways to alter this recipe to make more amazing treats! :)

    • Christal says

      Unfortunately I just don’t think the recipe would turn out that way :( The nuts are a key component to the base, and the nut butter to the top layer… I’m trying to think of what could be a workable substitute.. Hmmm! Let me think on that one!

    • Christal says

      Hmmm. Good question.. the bananas work as a binding ingredient.. you could try black beans, or possibly make a “flax eggs” – try 5 tbsp of ground flax seed mixed with 2 tbsp of water, let sit for a good half hour till it becomes a gel consistency, and try that in the mix! Good luck!

  26. says

    Hi Christal, I just found your blog through Foodgawker…these bars look amazing!!! I can’t wait to try them out! It’s always nice to find other health-oriented blogs. :-)

  27. Randy Reichardt says

    So Christal, one must own a food processor to make this recipe, correct? In other words, a blender won’t do the trick, will it? And where does one buy pitted dates?

    • Christal says

      A food processor would work best but you could do this in a blender as well – the dates are found in the bulk section at the grocery store with the other dried fruit! :)

  28. says

    Looks amazing! Your black bean brownies are a hit at our house, friends gobble it up and I watch them patiently and then ask, “guess what it’s made of?” and of course their jaws drop when I reveal the answer… Great fun :) This will be tried soon, too! Thanks!

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  1. [...] Nom nom nom…This recipe is amazing! I crave chocolate pretty much 24/7, but I try not to just munch away on it all day long, and it’s really hard when stores come out with the cute little mini chocolates to give away on Halloween, I mean, how can I resist! Well…this recipe satisfies those chocolate cravings in a healthy and scrumptious way! I first saw this recipe on Nutritionistinthekitch.com . Christal calls them healthy “Eatmore” fudge bars. I’m not too sure what an Eatmore bar is, but either way I’m in love with these. They are gooey, rich, fudgy, and delicious. I didn’t make too many changes to her recipe and the original can be found here! [...]

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