By Beth Brown, Kitchen Store Specialist
Something about the summertime makes us want to be healthier. For someone with a serious sweet tooth, this can present a problem! One of my personal favorite natural treats is this sweet date and nut bar.
They are simple to make, and turn out so delicious, you probably won’t even know they are healthy!
The best part is that these bars can be used as a breakfast, snack, or dessert. They are full of nuts for protein, dates for sweetness, and some dark chocolate—for the antioxidants, of course.
We made two batches, one peanut butter, and one chocolate coconut. These bars really allow your creativity to flow, and trying different combinations of ingredients and types of nuts is part of the fun!
First, soak ten dates in hot water for about ten minutes.
This helps the dates get juicy, and helps you easily remove the pits. Then throw the dates, a cup of peanut butter and a cup of cashews into the food processor and mix until fully combined!
A few chunks of nuts are okay, but it should be mostly incorporated. The mixture should stay together when you press it. If it feels too sticky or too dry, simply add more of any of the ingredients until the desired consistency and flavor is achieved. These are pretty hard to mess up!
If you are making the coconut chocolate variety, add ½ cup of melted chocolate and 1/3 cup coconut oil instead of peanut butter, and add ½ cup toasted coconut.
Press the mixture into a non-stick pan and put in the fridge.
Don’t be afraid to try adding a melted chocolate layer!
Once they are set, you can cut them into any shape you want. We had a lot of fun cutting, dipping, and tying these guys into giftable, sharable bundles. But don’t give them all away—you will want at least one batch all to yourself!
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