Snacks are a necessary part of the day for kids and adults alike.  They help to fuel our body and keep our energy levels up. They also prevent us from feeling famished which leads to overeating. Somewhere along the line though children’s snacks have turned into junk food and desserts.  A bag of chips or cookies is not a snack. It serves no purpose, only filling tiny bodies up on empty calories, sugar and a list of alarming ingredients. Snacks should be healthy and nourishing and they are a great way to introduce your kids to new foods.

These nutty date snack bars are simple and fun to make while providing kids and parents alike with a delicious and healthy snack.  Dates are used in many recipes as a sweetener and are perfect for making a variety of different snack bars. They can usually be found in the produce section or in the dried fruit aisle of your supermarket.  These bars can easily be rolled into balls or cut into squares for a quick finish. Or you can make an activity out of it with the kids and let them have some fun with cookie cutters.  The texture of this mixture allows you to easily roll it out onto a cutting board and create anything from teddy bears to gingerbread men.  All the same fun as baking cookies but half the mess AND a nutritious snack.  What’s not to love! Here’ s the recipe.

Nutty Date Snack Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup nut butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in food processor or blender and blend until smooth. There will still be bits of nuts left which is fine.
  2. Place mixture into 8 or 9 inch square dish lined with parchment paper. Use your hands to firmly press mixture into bottom of dish.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from pan and cut into squares or desired shapes.
  5. Enjoy cold or frozen. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator or freezer.

Notes:

Dates can often be found in the produce section or in the dried fruit aisle of your supermarket.

 

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Have you tried Dates in your kitchen? What are some recipes that you enjoy them in?

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