I don’t know about you, but, I love snack bars from the store. But, they can have ingredients that I don’t love so much! These homemade Date bars are so similar, yet, so simple!
Those store bought bars can be quite expensive even if they are healthy. I try to be thrifty, so, when I figured out I could make those bars from scratch, I knew I was going to be saving a lot of money!
I buy my dates and peanuts in bulk so that I only have to order them once a month. This way, it’s more cost effective and means less trips to the store.
You can use other nuts, as well as dark cocoa powder. Use any nut at the same ratio, however, if you choose to use dark cocoa, decrease it to 1/4 cup. The dark cocoa can overpower the bars.
A few years ago, I started experimenting with making homemade bars and landed on the perfect recipe! This is a recipe I make about 2 times a week. We have these bars after dinner sometimes, and, I always put one in my husband’s lunch.
All you need for this recipe is: 2 cups Pitted dates, 2 cups Unsalted roasted Peanuts, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 cup Cocoa powder.
In a food processor, add all of the ingredients. Pulse a few times to start breaking them down. Then on high speed until the ingredients are well incorporated and of the same consistency. It will be crumbly.
Pour the mixture into a 6 cups glass storage container. I use the Anchor square 6 cup container.
Press the mixture evenly and firmly into the dish. Make sure you really press it in evenly.
Place in the fridge and let chill for at least 2 hours. Afterwards, you can cut the bars evenly and enjoy!
Store in the fridge.
I hope you will try making these delicious, nutritious bars!
Homemade Date Bars
- Food Processor
- 2 cups Peanuts (unsalted, roasted)
- 1/4 cup Cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 2 cups Dates (pitted)
- Add all ingredients to food processor in order listed.
- Pulse until the mixture just begins to come together.
- Process on high speed for 30 seconds (mixture should be crumbly).
- Spoon mixture in to 6 cup square glass storage bowl (I use the anchor brand).
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
- Cut into squares the size of your choice.
- Keep in refrigerator.
See you soon!