Dates are the fruit of the date palm which originated in the Middle East. They are a popular ingredient in Middle Eastern cuisines and often served as special treats to visitors.  Dates are known for their exceptional sweetness. They are a very moist and meaty fruit that can be eaten fresh, however they are most often dried to preserve the fruit.
Dates are one of nature’s sweetest gifts.  They are also the secret ingredient in the popular Larabars sold in many supermarkets. Dates are what make the bars so gooey and sweet.  They can be used in desserts and are often used in smoothies and juices as a natural sweetener.  Medjool dates are a type of date that is exceptionally prized for its large size and sweetness, they are also the most costly. Dates can usually be found in the dried fruit section of your supermarket, but are sometimes also located in the fresh produce section (along with nuts and seeds or other dry items they display near the produce).
The snack bars in today’s post are all made with dates and varying combinations of nuts and dried fruits.  They are SO EASY to make, literally throw the ingredients into the blender, blend, transfer into a dish and put into the refrigerator. DONE! You can cut them into bars, roll them into bite size balls, or get creative and cut them into fun shapes with cookie cutters.  If you have never tried dates before you are in for a surprise.  These snack bars will satisfy your sweet tooth and provide a filling snack.
 

 
Homemade Larabars - 4 Ways

Ingredients

    Cashew Date Bars:
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 tablespoon nut butter
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Coco Nuts Date Bars:
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Fruit & Nut Date Bars:
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup dried unsweetend fruit (cranberries, cherries, berries)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Granola Date Bars:
  • 1 cup granola
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates
  • 1 tablespoon water

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in food processor or blender and mix until well combined. Dates will be smooth but nuts will remain in small chunks. Mixture will stick together when done.
  2. Transfer to a square dish lined with parchment paper. Press mixture down into dish.
  3. Refrigerate 30 minutes, cut into small squares and serve.

Notes:

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

 

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Have you tried dates before? What are some of your favorite date recipes?

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