Ice Box Dark Chocolate Squares

Warning: these chocolate squares are seriously addictive! I can’t take credit for this recipe – a dear friend’s mother made them for me once, and I’ve been hooked ever since. This recipe has been top of mind lately because they’re a perfect no-bake summer dessert that’s a real crowd-pleaser. If you’re a fan of Cadbury Fruit & Nut bars, you’re going to love these.

The best part? One small square is less than 100 calories, and those calories are plant-based and nutrient dense. I love bringing these to a party because even when friends are on a gluten-free or processed-sugar free diet, they can still indulge in these without feeling guilty. 

It only takes about 15 minutes to whip these up (another hour or so in the fridge), and I usually have most of the ingredients already in my pantry. The key with this recipe is using quality ingredients – splurge on the high-grade dark chocolate and nut butter, it makes all the difference.

PRO TIP: Don’t forget these are ice box squares, and should be eaten shortly after being taken out of the fridge. Think of them like an ice cream cake. 


  • 1/2 cup nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew, your choice!)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 and 1/4 chups chopped dark chocolate (or semisweet baking chocolate)
  • 1/2 cup nuts (I used a mix of walnuts and almonds!)
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (I prefer cranberries and blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon Himalayan or sea salt


  1. In a a large pot over low heat, stir together nut butter, honey and coconut oil.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in oats, chocolate, coconut, nuts and dried fruit.
  3. Pour mixture into a parchment lined 8×8 pan, spreading until even through out.
  4. Sprinkle top lightly with salt, and chill in fridge until firm.
  5. Cut into squares immediately before serving.

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