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Chocolate Nougat Bars Recipe

Healthy, Vegan and Delicious Chocolate Nougat Bars Recipe

Credit: Lee Holmes

Looking for a nutty chocolate treat? Well, forget that pre-packaged chocolate bar and check out these dairy-, gluten- and refined-sugar-free bars. These choc nut bars are full of good fats, omega-3, fibre and vitamin E. Not only will they leave you a little nutty for more, but they are also a guilt-free treat.

Makes: 12 bars



  • Nougat Base
  • 1 cup macadamias
  • ⅓ cup coconut cream
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp rice-malt syrup
  • ¼ tsp vanilla powder
  • ⅔ cup almond meal
  • ½ cup peanuts, raw or dry roasted
  • 1 pinch sea salt

  • Caramel
  • ½ cup cashew butter
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup rice-malt syrup
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil

  • Chocolate Topping
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp cacao butter
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
  1. Line 10cm × 20cm tin or tray with baking paper.
  2. In food processor, pulse macadamias until they resemble fine crumbs. Add coconut cream, coconut oil, rice-malt syrup and vanilla and pulse until smooth. Add almond meal and powder and pulse until just combined.
  3. Spread mixture in lined tray and sprinkle over peanuts and sea salt. Place in freezer for 2 hours to set.
  4. To make caramel, stir all ingredients in bowl until combined. Spread mixture over peanuts and return to freezer for another 2 hours.
  5. Prepare chocolate coating by melting ingredients together in small pot over low heat. Transfer to bowl and place in fridge for 15 mins to let thicken slightly.
  6. Remove bars from freezer and, using large knife, cut into 12 bars.
  7. To cover in chocolate coating, first prepare rack over tray to catch any dripping chocolate. Carefully dip bars in chocolate coating mixture and place on rack. You want to work quickly to prevent bars from melting. This is why it’s important that your chocolate mixture isn’t too hot but is still melted and has a liquid consistency. You may wish to work in batches. Place back in freezer as soon as possible to set chocolate. Store in fridge in airtight container.


Lee Holmes

Lee Holmes is a nutritionist, yoga and meditation teacher, wholefoods chef, Lifestyle Food Channel’s Healthy Eating Expert, blogger and author of the best-selling books Supercharged Food: Eat Your Way to Health, Supercharged Food: Eat Yourself Beautiful, Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian, Heal your Gut, Eat Right for Your Shape and Supercharged Food for Kids.

Lee’s food philosophy is all about S.O.L.E. food: sustainable, organic, local and ethical. Her main goal is to alter the perception that cooking fresh, wholesome, nutrient-rich meals is difficult, complicated and time-consuming. From posting recipes, her passion to share her autoimmune disease story and help others has snowballed and the blog has recently taken home the overall prize at the Bupa Health Influencer Awards as well as the best blog in the Healthy Eating category. She also runs a four-week online Heal Your Gut program.