How to Make Homemade Dark Chocolate Chunky Bars

summer desserts
 Courtesy of Jenna Braddock

You will be in double chocolate heaven with these homemade bars made with two varieties of dark chocolate, peanuts, almonds, and raisins—all for less than 150 calories per bar.

Now that’s a dessert that will make both your gut and taste buds happy.

Nutrition Information (per bar): Calories: 137; Protein: 2.7 grams; Fat: 9.2 grams; Carbs: 11.4 grams; Sugars: 7.4 grams

Recipe and photo by Jenna Braddock, M.S.H., R.D., C.S.S.D., L.D./N.

Prep time

5 min.

Cook time

5 min.

  • 6 oz dark chocolate (60% or more cocoa) chips
  • 1 oz unsweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 2 oz (about ½ cup) unsalted, roasted peanuts
  • 2 oz (about ½ cup) raw, whole almonds, chopped
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ tsp coarse sea salt
Prep a 8 x 8 pan by lining with parchment paper.
Put both types of chocolate in a microwaveable-safe bowl. Heat in microwave for 1 min. Remove and stir with spatula. Continue microwaving in 30-second intervals until chocolate is almost all melted (about 1-3 more cycles). Stir vigorously with spatula until chocolate is completely melted and very smooth.
Add nuts and raisins to chocolate and stir to combine.
Pour chocolate mix into prepared dish and spread out. Chocolate may not fill the entire dish. Sprinkle sea salt over top of chocolate.
Let chocolate rest for about 2 hours, until firm. Cut in to bars and serve. Refrigerate any bars that will be eaten later.