Date Bars!

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So I know you all have been just waiting for my next post! Here it is, finally! I made my first batch of date bars some time ago, back in spring I think. Possibly winter (boy does time fly!). I don’t remember where I originally got the recipe, probably another cool blog that when I find it I’ll link it up. The original recipe called for oats, and since I didn’t have any at the time, I used unsweetened coconut. Totally works!

This recipe is done using a food processor. If you don’t have one, I highly suggest getting one! So much you can do with it (like make your own nut butters!). No need for baking: if you do things right, you could have this decadent healthy-ish treat in about 15 minutes! If you are slow like me, or have little kiddos helping, could be more like 30 minutes.

So, without much more ado, here is the recipe (as I have remembered from the original with a couple of tweaks of my own):

The Crust:
2 cups whole almonds
2 cups coconut (unsweetened)
12 ish medjool pitted dates
2 tbs coconut oil
2 tbs nut butter (I like peanut). If you don’t want to use nut butter can substitute more coconut oil.
1 tsp cinnamon

The filling:
24 ish medjool pitted dates
1/4 ish cup water

Pan 9×11

Put the almonds into the food processor. Run it for a bit so it’s closer to pea size. (You can skip this step I just think it makes the ultimate blending a little easier). Add everything else for the crust. Process it all so it’s crumbly but sticks together when pressed. Press about half the mixture into the pan. (I have used a 9″ cake pan, 8 inch square, and most recently 9×11 with great success. I have also increased the recipe by half for a 9×13). Reserve the other half of the mixture in a bowl for the top. Place in the freezer while making the filling. Helps keep it from peeling up during spreading.

Next, put the dates and water in the food processor (don’t worry about having it cleaned from the crust, blends right in just fine). Blend it all to a spreadable paste (add more water if needed).  Spread onto the crust in the pan. Top with remaining crust and press.

I recommend freezing it for another 10-15 minutes for a cleaner cut before eating. For ease, I used my pizza cutter to slice it up, then used a knife for the edges. With the 9×11 pan, I sliced the pieces rather small, about 1 1/4 ” or so. Just about a perfect size! This gave me 50 pieces. Enough to freeze for a quick sweet treat!

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Bars before cutting.

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Kid approved! Complete with their night-shirts!

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As you can see, I enjoyed mine with some tea!

And that’s it! Enjoy!