Date Bars

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I’ve always wondered what dates taste like and I have seen them used as a substitute for refined sugar in some recipes. I finally picked some up while I was at the grocery store. Dates are not the most appetizing thing to look at, but I decided to give them a chance. I took a teeny bite of one and…it wasn’t bad. Chewy and sweet. I got my husband to try one and he said they remind him of a Krispy Kreme doughnut. I guess I vaguely see why. The Deglet Noor dates have a slight nutty, caramel flavor and the skin is sticky. When you bite into it, it “cracks” like a glaze does when you bite into a doughnut.

While I probably won’t be eating the dates straight up, I can see how using them in various recipes is a great way to add sweetness and flavor.
They worked out perfectly in these chewy date bars that are loaded with creamy peanut butter, crunchy almonds, toasted oats and of course a little bit of chocolate!

Homemade Granola Date Bars | Sprightliest.comHomemade Granola Date Bars | Sprightliest.com

These date bars make the perfect grab and go snack and provide a good amount of protein, fat and energy to keep you on your toes and hold you over until your next meal. A quick toasting of the nuts and oats will add more crunch and depth of flavor.

Homemade Granola Date Bars | Sprightliest.com

Date Bars
Yields 10
A healthy granola bar recipe loaded with toasted almonds and oats, creamy peanut butter, and topped off with chocolate chips. Sweetened with Deglet Noor dates and raw honey.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Cup Packed Deglet Noor Dates (could also use Medjool dates)
  2. 1/4 Cup Raw Honey
  3. 1/4 Cup Natural Peanut Butter
  4. 1 1/2 Cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  5. 1 Cup Almonds, chopped or sliced
  6. Chocolate Chips or Cocoa Nibs
Instructions
  1. Place almonds in a dry skillet and toast over medium heat until brown. Stir often.
  2. Toast oats in a dry skillet over medium heat until brown. Stir often.
  3. Place dates in a food processor and process until small pieces remain.
  4. In a bowl add the toasted almonds and oats and the processed dates, set aside.
  5. In a small saucepan, warm the honey and peanut butter over low heat. (warming will make it easier to pour)
  6. Pour the warmed honey and peanut butter over the almonds, oats and dates and mix well.
  7. I used a firm rubber spatula to make a stabbing motion while mixing to break up the dates and evenly distribute them.
  8. Line a dish with plastic wrap, parchment paper or foil, leaving an overhang for easy removal.
  9. Transfer the mixture into the lined dish and press down firmly until the top is flattened.
  10. Push chocolate chips into the top of the bars. (Using as little or as many as you'd like.)
  11. Cover and place in the fridge for 20-30 minutes, allowing them to harden.
  12. Remove the date bars from the dish and slice into even sized bars.
  13. Store in an airtight container or freeze for longer storage.
Adapted from Minimalist Baker
Adapted from Minimalist Baker
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