Nutty Chocolate Date Bars

Happy Tuesday! Did you have a good Memorial Day Weekend? Besides a fun dinner with friends on Sunday night, I spent a good chunk of the time getting my house ready for a special visitor this week. My BFF from Arizona is coming to spend 10 days with us. She'll be arriving on Wednesday, and we've had a lot of decluttering to do.  It seems like things have just kept piling up around here, especially during the spring. That's when we are busiest with school, soccer and baseball.
Nutty Chocolate Date Bars
Anyway, I needed some serious energy to keep me going through the piles. (It's not pretty, people.) These Nutty Chocolate Date Bars kept me from snacking on things that would just make me sluggish.

I had seen these bars a few weeks back (a great basic recipe, by the way) and knew I could tweak them to add a little more crunch and chocolate...anything to make them more junk food family friendly. My family has a phobia about dates and I really wanted them to like this much healthier version of a candy bar.

Here's what you need: Medjool dates, almonds, mini chocolate chips, crispy rice cereal, cocoa and almond butter.

Nutty Chocolate Date Bars

18 pitted Medjool dates, chopped
1 cup almonds, chopped fine in food processor
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
1 Tbsp. cocoa
2-3 Tbsp. almond butter

Process all ingredients in food processor or high-powered blender to desired consistency.  Pat into a 13x9 inch pan lined with parchment paper and cut into bars, or roll into 1 inch balls. Store in air tight container in refrigerator. These will keep for at least one week. (I even ate mine at the 2 week mark and they were fine.)
Nutty Chocolate Date Bars
These bars have the perfect amount of sweetness and crunch to them. Ideally, I would have liked to have the texture be a little smoother for these bars, but I kind of bogged down my Vitamix when I was processing the mixture. I thought I had completely killed it. I was grateful it came back to life after letting the motor cool off a bit. I think it's just getting old and tired, a bit like me ;-). In the end, the dates and almond butter held all the ingredients together and I thoroughly enjoyed every last bar in the batch. While I may not have convinced the men in my family to like these (or even try them), we girls were all over them. Even my mom was able to enjoy a few of them while she was visiting. I hope you like them too. What's your favorite energy bar flavor?
Here are more "Energy" Snack Recipes
Pantry Power Granola Bars
No Bake Granola Bites
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6 comments:

  1. These sound fabulous Nici! They would be much healthier than the granola bars my crew loves to demolish. And, I hope I can get some male taste buds interested. :) Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Oh, these bars are so good….I'm so glad I had the chance to sample them while I was in town. Come to think of it, I enjoyed more than a sample :)

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  3. These bars look terrific and I could go for one right now. Oh I have a BFF from Arizona too. I hope you have a wonderful time together!

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  4. Found you through the Pin Me Linky Party. My boys will love these. Pinning!!!

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  5. These look great! I love how chunky they look :) I've found that really thick things like dates work better in a food processor. Such a great bar for on the road...

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  6. Thanks for sharing at our link party! These look delicious, pinning now! Stop by our Cook it! Craft it! Share it! Link Party tonight at 8:30 PM EST - Doree

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