I'm finally almost to the bottom of the GIANT tub of dates that Bret brought home in the late Fall.
These No-Bake Fruit and Nut Bars from the 2019 Joy of Cooking use the dates very nicely. It's nice to have a tasty snack to grab that's sweet, but fairly healthy.
This recipe is very flexible and I added a few things that were hanging around the house, including about ¼ cup of homemade trail mix that has peanuts, raisins, craisins, white chocolate chips and butterscotch chips.
Pretty much you throw all of the ingredients into the food processor, process for a minute, and you're done. No baking, no muss, no fuss (except for cleaning those blasted food processor parts). I decided to roll some of them into balls to see if they'd be easier to eat (they were).
Coconut or a little peanut butter would be a good addition to the bars. Go through your cabinets and finally use up those dried fruits or nuts leftover from Christmas!
Quite a few years ago I made a Chewy Almond-Date Bar that also has dates and almonds, but are different in that they have Rice Krispies, coconut, and honey. You may want to check those out too. After you make them a few times, you'll be comfortable adding or deleting ingredients to your personal taste.
You don't have to bake these No-Bake Fruit and Nut Bars and after the ingredients are thrown into the food processor you have a great snack or energy bar. The best thing to me is knowing exactly what ingredients are in them. Who needs stinkin' preservatives?
- 1 ½ C almonds
- 2 C dates, chopped
- ¼ C cocoa
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Line an 8" pan with parchment paper, extended over 2 ends of the pan (for easy lift out).
- In a food processor (or a good blender), process the almonds until finely ground. Add the chopped dates, cocoa, salt, and whatever extras you want into the food processor and process until completely blended and sticky in consistency. If it's too dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water and process for a few more seconds.
- Press the mixture into the pan, evenly distributing to the edges. Cut and serve! Store leftovers in a tightly sealed container at room temperature.
Tips and Stuff:
The extras I added: a quarter cup of trail mix (peanuts, raisins, craisins, chocolate and butterscotch chips) and a quarter cup of quick-cook oatmeal.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 bar
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 134Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 101mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 3gSugar: 12gProtein: 3g
Nutrition Values are Approximate