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This is why you will love these Snack Bars:
- They are naturally sweetened
- Pack a ton of nuts
- These are no bake bars and a fuss free recipe
- Contain loads of minerals from dates
- Perfect as a grab and go snack
Healthy Date Bars ingredients:
- Pitted Dates: I love to use medjool dates in these dates bar.
- Mixed Nuts: A combination of walnuts, cashews, pistachios and almonds (in equal amounts) tastes so good here,
- A tablespoon of clarified butter(ghee): You may also replace it with regular butter or even coconut oil. But clarified butter gives these bars an unbeatable flavor.
As dates are very sweet to taste, these bars require no extra sugar at all. And the stickiness in them helps to bind nuts with ease!
This is such an easy breakfast bar recipe to put together. Keep them refrigerated as they taste so good right out of fridge. Grab one in the morning and out the door you go!
Are dates a healthy snack food?
Undoubtedly! This humble sweetener and a great snack on their own contains a lot of minerals like potassium, magnesium etc. Also they are fibrous!
What flavors go well with dates?
- Dates pair well with any kinds of nuts and seeds
- Spices like ginger, cinnamon and cardamom taste so good with dates
- Sweeten your fruity smoothies with dates
More fun and sweet snack recipes for you:
Easy Chewy-Crunchy Granola Bars
Blender Oatmeal Banana Muffins
Vegan Oatmeal Bars (Butter and refined sugar free)
Chocolate Cherry Muffins (made with healthier ingredients)
Healthy Date Bars
- 1 Cup Mejdool Dates (grounded)
- ¾ Cup Mixed Nuts (Chopped, I used walnuts, cashews, almonds and pistachios)
- 1 Tbsp Clarified butter/ Butter/ Coconut Oil
- Lightly roast all the chopped nuts for 3-4 minutes on medium flame.
- Now add grounded dates in the pan and add in a tablespoon of clarified butter.
- Stir and mix dates with nuts for another 4-5 minutes over medium-high heat.
- Invert the mixture in a parchment or foil lined mini square/rectangle pan. Press using a spatula or spoon to set the mixture covering whole pan. Garnish with a few chunks of nuts (optional).
- Cover the pan and allow to set in the refrigerator for 2 hours minimum. QUICK TIP: To speed up this process freeze the bars for 30 minutes.
- Cut using a sharp knife. Left overs can be saved at room temp. or in the refrigerator (Covered at all times).
My dates just end up as one big clump when grinding, do you mix them together with the nuts by hand?
Hi Carolyn! I mix them in the pan I heat my butter in, making use of a spatula. You can check my video of dates bars for reference. 🙂
How long will these keep in the fridge
They stay good in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks Maria, since they don't contain any water or dairy! Enjoy!!
I have an Rx bar addiction and wanted to try my hand and making my own. This recipe is so simple yet so good. The texture and sweetness make this taste so indulgent yet everything in this is natural and good for you. I’m never buying Rx bars again!
Best sub for vegan butter?
How long are the shelf life of these bars?
These will stay good for 2-3 days at room temperature. You can also store them in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
I can’t have any oil or butter. Do I really need to use it in this recipe??
Hey, not at all! Just skip it altogether. Enjoy!
Do I measure the dates before or after pitting and grinding them?
Hey! Just take care not to measure pits. So I measure mine after pitting if not using pitted dates.
for you why do not you have the exact amount of materials? !!!
These look really good. I'll try them.
The dates I have are fresh and very soft, will it work if I use them or do I have to use dry dates?
Hi Zainab! Yes, those dates will work too. Let me know how these turned out for you. Enjoy!
THESE ARE EXCELLENT!!! They made up perfectly! I had my moments of doubt about incorporating all of the nuts, but took my time to keep stirring and folding, and it came together beautifully. Really great job Neha, thank you so much! I took to share with my work-out buddies and everyone loved them!
Amazingly easy to make and surprisingly healthy but I wouldn't eat more than one or two a day unless I was hiking the John Muir trail.
Me: do you like dates?
Friend: I hate dates
Me: try these
Friend: OMG these are so good!
Lynne Susan Parrish
Do you use salted or unsalted mixed nuts?
Hi Lynne! I used unsalted. You may use salted if you'd like sweet and salty bars. 🙂
How do you make the ground dates?
I just grind them in a processor or even pulse them in a blender a few times.
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can i add protein powder to this for more protein content??
I have not added protein powder to these bars ever. Let me know how they turn out if you try it that way.
Filed this under my "Best of the Best" on Pinterest. I used pecans and pistachios. I originally went looking for a recipe to use up a giant Costco container of dates...then I had to go buy another giant container to have on hand to make more. 😅
Looks like there is some kind of melted sugar or honey. What holds them together if not?
No there isn't any other sweetener than dates in these bars. Stickiness of dates hold them together.
Patty J Cote
I made these bars and they stuff not sick together so I have a delicious granola- like snacking treat. I was disappointed as I was making them for an event- trying to be healthy!
Hi! I am sorry to hear you could not form them into bars. It sounds like you ended up adding too many nuts to it. Next time this happens, just grind a few more dates and add it to the mix. They will turn out just fine then!
They did* not stick together. 🥴 Darn auto correct!
Salt may not seem so healthy but 1/2 - 1 tsp is needed IMO to bring out the most of the dates and nuts.
What is grounded dates? Is that date paste?
Hi Michelle! These are whole seedless dates finely grinded at home in a processor or even blender without using water. This isn't date paste, it contains water in it.
Looks delicious and I cannot wait to try! I bet hemp and chia seed would be delicious in these as well plus offer additional protein!
I loved this recipe, so good. I used coconut oil, and drizzled the top with melted dark chocolate and then lightly sprinkled it with very fine cashew nuts. Yum!
It looks lovely n decadent can I use this for gifting how long does it stay without fridge.
Can you use prunes instead of dates?
Hi Mary! I haven't tried these bars using prunes. Let me know how they turn out, if you take this route!
Just made these omg they are delicious. I added pumpkin seed.
Can you add dried fruit? Would reduce the amt of nuts if You add it in?
Sure can! Just keep the amount of nuts and dried fruit to 3/4 cup for 1 cup dates and these will turn out fine.
These sound amazing. I was wondering if I could use date paste instead? Thanx in advance
Hi Robin! I wouldn't recommend using dates paste because of the water content in it.
What size Tin are you using as mine came out so this and broke apart so now I have nut cracklin;)
I use a 6 inch square pan or sometimes a 6x3 inch rectangular pan to make these bars.
Can we use peanut butter in place of fat
What do you mean by "ground dates"? Do you blend them before adding them to the pan or just chop them with a knife?
These bars look delicious, thank you! 🙂
Hi Aryane! Yes you need to ground them using a blender before adding them to the pan. Let me know hoe these turn out for you! 🙂
Hi! These look amazing! I was wondering if I could add rolled oats in this too?
Of course you can. Just dry roast oats, to enhance flavor and reduce the amount of nuts, equal to the amount of oats you are adding. Like if you decide to add 1/4 cup of oats, reduce the quantity of nuts to 1/4 cup.
Don't you mean reduce nuts to 1/2 cup?
Oh yes, thanks for catching that Donna! It will be 1/2 a cup of nuts in this case.