It is finally Spring in Toronto, but once Spring starts that also means some crazy weather! I have been feeling like I have been getting sick for the past week or so, and with all this fluctuating weather (+12 to -2 to +4 in a matter of days), it has finally caught up with me.
I’ve been staying home and lazing around today when I felt the sudden urge to get off my butt and make something in the Kitchen. I have been living off of soup so these No Bake Date Bars are just what I needed and only took 15 minutes to prepare! I will definitely be making these for my family Easter coming up soon, and I hope you do too!
No Bake Cocoa & Nut Date Bars:
1 package Medjool Dates (approx. 20 dates)
1 cup Raw Unsalted Cashews
1 cup Raw Unsalted Peanuts
1/2 cup Raw Unsalted Almonds
3/4 cup Raw Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
Sprinkle of Sea Salt
3 tbsp Water (depending how dry your dates are)
Optional: Extra Shredded Coconut and Almond Butter for Garnish
✦ Pit dates and cut in half. Put into food processor with Cashews, Peanuts, Almonds. Pulse until roughly chopped.
✦ Add in Shredded Coconut, Vanilla Extract, Sea Salt, and 1 tbsp of Water. Pulse until it begins to bind together.
✦ If texture is still a bit dry, add 1 tbsp and pulse until the mixture begins to stick together, but is not wet. You are aiming for a mixture that will hold its shape without becoming wet.
✦ Once you get your desired consistency, put into a square or rectangular baking dish and spread and push down until compact. Optional: Sprinkle with Shredded Coconut and drizzle Almond Butter over the top.
✦ Refrigerate for 1 hour, cut into bars or squares. Enjoy!