Chocolate Haystack Bars

I just need a treat.

That was my mantra during the whole 3 weeks of phase I elimination plan based on my MRT/Leap Food Intolerance Test results.  I was SUPER happy about my reduction in symptoms - they were maddening - but really missed having a treat of some kind.  Didn't even need to have sugar.  

I couldn't be the only person in the history of MRT/Leap elimination diets to need something snack-y, so I got to work making a series of recipes using only the 170 MRT/Leap Tested Foods.  My current mood called for something that tasted like chocolate and Chocolate Haystack Bars were born!

Makes 8-10 Servings

Bar Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup coconut (I used shredded coconut here)
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla
  • 2 tsp. pure honey
  • 1 1/2 -2 Tablespoons cocoa
  • Coconut or avocado oil spray

Topping Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 Tablespoons pure honey
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • Coconut Flakes


  • Food Processor
  • Measuring Cups and spoons
  • Glass storage container
  • spoon, plastic resealable bag or frosting bag with tip for frosting
  • camera to instagram your amazing treat!


  1. using a food processor, mix the dates until they are really mushy and as smooth as you can get them 
  2. Add walnuts, almonds, coconut and mix until well blended
  3. Add vanilla, honey and cocoa and mix until well blended
  4. Spray an 8 inch glass pyrex storage container (larger container will make thinner bars and vis-a-versa)
  5. Remove contents from food processor and press down into your pyrex container as evenly as possible
  6. Cover with wrap or plastic lid and refrigerate for 2+ hours
  7. Cut into bars the desired size - these guys are surprisingly rich, so less is more (about 8-10 servings)
  8. In a saucepan over medium heat, add cocoa, honey and coconut oil and mix until well blended
  9. Use a spoon, resealable bag with small corner snipped off, or icing bag with small tip to drizzle chocolate topping onto bars and top with coconut flakes

MRT/Leap Substitutions

Nuts can be swapped out if you can't eat almonds or walnuts with little impact to the final taste.  Instead of honey, you could use maple syrup.  If coconut and cocoa are off your list for now, I am afraid to say this recipe is not for you - BUT keep it in your back pocket as you work through your reintroduction phase because these bars would be a good recipe to try.

Keeping It Real


So this happened right after finishing my recipe - 2 full jars of nuts fell out of the refrigerator and made a giant mess in the kitchen.  Back to the store I went.