Gluten Free Chocolate Bar

Wax Orchards - Choc Bar - Plated

I enjoy finding healthier ingredients to cook with and sharing those products with you.  Anytime we can reduce sugar, the happier our bodies are.  Wax Orchards is a company out of  the beautiful state of Washington and they have found a way to cook down three fruits (pears, pineapple and peaches) to a honey consistency.  Their products are rock stars.

Wax Orchards - Products

They use the Fruit Sweet product to make other products like these amazing fudge products.  

Now back to the recipe –  Hmm?   What to do?…What to do?  My soon-to-be daughter-in-law passed on a gluten free recipe; and I modified it to utilize the products.  It took me a couple of tries to get it where I wanted but it has been triple family-approved by my husband, daughter and 2-1/2 year-old grandson and that’s enough for me.

Gluten Free Chocolate Bars
Yields 30
With the exception of the chocolate, this treat is sweetened with fruit juice.
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Cook Time
40 min
Cook Time
40 min
  1. 2 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  2. 1 cup peanut, almond, or your favorite nut butter (no sugar added)
  3. 1/2 cup Wax Orchards Fruit Sweet
  4. 1/2 cup Wax Orchards Classic Fudge or Peppermint Fudge
  5. 3 cage-free eggs
  6. 4 tsp of pure vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean
  7. 1 tsp salt
  8. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  9. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  10. 3/4 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  11. Sea salt for sprinkling
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Coat a 9 x 12 pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Rinse and drain garbanzo beans.
  4. If using a vanilla bean, slice down the center and remove the paste by scraping a spoon down the length of the bean. Set aside.
  5. Place garbanzo beans into a food processor and pulse 7-10 times, scraping occasionally until they start to break down.
  6. Add all other ingredients except the chocolate chips and blend until smooth.
  7. Add in half of the chocolate chips and pulse until chocolate is your desired consistency.
  8. Pour and smooth batter into prepared pan.
  9. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top of batter.
  10. Place in oven for approximately 35-40 minutes, depending on how your oven cooks. A toothpick should come out clean.
  11. Take out of oven. At this point you can leave the chocolate chips as is or using a small flat spatial or butter knife spread the hot chocolate on top (acts almost like a frosting).
  12. Now is the hard part - you have to let this cool completely. It's going to be hard because the smell says Eat me Now.
  13. Cut into squares - these freeze well.
Adapted from The Comfort of Cooking
Deliciously Inspired
Wax Orchard - Choc Bar - Ingredients
Gather the ingredients

Wax Orchard - Choc Bar - baked
This is the hard part – letting it cool completely before cutting into bars

These are delicious as is but here are a few more ideas on how to plate them:
Wax Orchards - Choc Bar - Plated IC and Strawberries
Fresh Strawberries and an Ice Cream made entirely with frozen bananas in a food processor

Wax Orchards - Choc Bar - Plated with Banana IC and Coconut Cream
Banana Ice Cream and Coconut Cream




  1. These look so rich and yummy and I love the idea of the peppermint flavor.

  2. Who would ever think that these yummies would include garbanzo beans? Amazing! The product sounds relish too!

    • Hi Liz,
      Thanks for stopping by – I feel the same way – What? beans? Then you taste it and I was “Okay, I can wrap my head around that.” The good thing that happens with this dessert is the sweetness is in the recipe absorbs much slower than a processed sugar and our bodies like that.

  3. Oops! Mean to say “delish” too! Sorry :o(

  4. Lisa Allen says

    Oh my those look so delicious! I love the idea of having fresh strawberries with it! I am learning to use other things as well besides regular sugar when baking. I used bananas a few weeks ago in a blueberry muffin recipe and it was very yummy!

    • Hi Lisa – I have to say that this recipe’s goodness really surprised me – who knew garbanzo beans would work up like that. What I really like is that is so easy to have a few cans of these in the cupboard. Good job on utilizing bananas. The more I learn about what sugar does to the body, the more I want to find alternatives.

  5. yummo!

  6. Hi Debbie! I am coming over from Kim’s blog.
    Well, I saw ‘chocolate giveaway’ and it was all I needed to hear! Your recipe sounds yummy too. It would be interesting to taste these three fruits cooked together. I bet it’s sweet and delish 🙂

    Nice to meet you and thanks for the opportunity to win!

  7. The brownies look delicious. I know more and more people who have to have gluten free so it is so nice to see a tried recipe that people really like.

  8. Great giveaway, friend, and yummy looking chocolate bars. Thank you for the recipe.