Wednesday, 10 February 2016 19:11

Almond Date Bars

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Valentine's Day is right behind Halloween on the unhealthy holiday list. This year, whether you're celebrating with friends, family, or that special someone, treat your loved ones to something equally delicious that won't lead to a leaden stomach. This healthy recipe has you covered and they're far more original than cliché box of chocolate and red wine.

You can make these simple energy bars with only two ingredients (nuts and dates) but feel free to doctor them with chocolate chips, shredded coconut and other goodies as you like.


2 cups whole almonds

4-5 cups loosely-packed dates, pitted

1 cup raisins or cranberries

¼ cup dark chocolate chips

¼ cup shredded coconut, optional


If your dates still have pits, cut the dates in half lengthwise and remove the seed.

Pulse the almonds and dates in a food processor until your desired consistency is reached, adjusting the amount of dates and almonds as needed.

You should be able to pick up a bit of the mixture and press it between your fingers without it being sticky and without it crumbling apart.

If desired, pulse in chocolate chips, shredded coconut, and/or any other ingredients.

Line a 10x14-inch pan with parchment paper and press the almond-date mixture into the pan to reach your desired thickness. (I like them to be ½ - 1 inch thick.)

Cut into 32 squares, or bigger bars, or use a heart cookie or bigger bars, or use a heart cookie cutter (or other shape) to cut out shapes (and save the cut-out scraps for snacks for yourself!)

Last modified on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 19:28
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