These date energy bars were another recipe I put together when preparing for the upcoming school year. I wanted a healthy, filling snack option that could stay in the freezer for long term use and these were perfect!
The ingredients for these bars are pretty simple–dates, coconut oil, almonds, almond butter, shredded coconut, chocolate–but the result is so tasty. Plus, they require only about 15 minutes of hands-on time and then set up in the freezer until ready to cut.
I actually keep my cut, smaller bars in a baggy in the freezer too to help them hold their shape and to increase their longevity.
Date Energy Bars
Makes 12-15 small bars
1 cup dates, soaked for 1-2 hours
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 cup shredded coconut + more for sprinkling
1/4 cup almonds, chopped
1 dark chocolate bar (about 3 ounces), broken into pieces
Drain dates and place them and the coconut oil in a small food processor. Pulse until combined into an almost applesauce like texture. Pour into a bowl.
Add the almond butter, shredded coconut, and chopped almonds into the bowl and mix to combine.
Place the chocolate in a glass bowl and microwave until melted, about two minutes.
While the chocolate melts, line a square baking pan with wax paper. When the chocolate is melted, use a spatula to spread it into a thin, even layer on the wax paper.
Pour the almond, coconut, date mixture on top of the chocolate and spread evenly.
If desired, sprinkle a little extra shredded coconut on the top.
Place in freezer for about 8 hours or overnight.
When frozen, remove the wax paper from the pan and flip onto a cutting board. Remove paper and cut bars into squares.
Either eat immediately or place in a plastic baggie and return to freezer.
Time: 15 minutes hands-on time, 8 hours in freezer