I'm always being asked for healthy snack suggestions and when I stumbled upon this recipe I had to try it out. I played around with the ingredients a little and came up with, in my opinion, the perfect mix. These date & almond bars are so easy to make (only 3 ingredients) and you can play around with the recipe too.
I've included a list of variations at the bottom but you may have a few of your own. You don't have to use almonds, any nuts will do (cashews are a good option). Please let us know which version you try. Oh, and be careful they are a little moreish. This recipe makes around 8 bars and each bar contains around 70 calories, 3 grams of fat and 7 grams of sugar (all from fruit). Plus you have vitamin e, a and b6, magnesium, zinc, copper, riboflavin ... I could go on.
What you need:
- 50g chopped cashew nuts
- 50g dried, unsweetened dates
- 50g raisins
What you do:
- Combine all ingredients into food processor or other suitable jujjing device.
- Add in any flavouring (or not ... tastes great without).
- Pulse a few times. Process for around 30 seconds.
- Turn off, unplug the food processor and scrape the edges of the bowl to make sure nothing is sticking.
- Process for 1-2 min continuously until a ball is formed.
- Place the ball onto your work surface with a little flour and press or roll flat.
- Wrap the pressed mixture and chill it in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
- Unwrap the mixture, place on a cutting board and cut into squares or roll into small balls.
- You can store them in the fridge for 2-3 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Some alternative options:
Cherries + Almonds + Dates
Apples + Walnuts + Dates
Blueberries + Almonds + Dates
Cranberry + Pecans + Dates
Apricot + Pecans + Dates
Raisins + Cashews + Dates
You could also add:
- Coconut flakes
- Peppermint extract
- Chocolate chips
- Ground flaxseed
- Cocoa powder
- Lemon zest
- Chia seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Peanut butter