Date Nut Bars
This post a while back got some good laughs...
And ain't it the truth...!!
But as it turns out, dating a few nuts here and there IS good for something... Stories, and apparently tasty little bars!
- 1 cup of GF oats
- 1 TBSP of chia seeds
- 1 TBSP of quinoa (raw)
- 1 cup of any chopped nuts you like (I did half almonds and pistachios)
- 12 dates
- 1/4 cup of coconut oil
- Salt and Pepper
WHAT TO DO
- Preheat oven to 350
- Chop up all your nuts, and pour all the ingreds except dates and oil into a bowl.
- Melt the coconut oil and pour over the nut mixture, mix it all up.
- Add a few turns of salt and pepper, and spices if you're keen. I like cinnamon, turmeric, and sometimes ground ginger. Mix it up.
- Pour out onto a sheetpan and spread out so everything can cook evenly.
- Bake for 8 minutes, take it out and shake it up. Spread it out again and bake for another 8 minutes. You want it to turn into crunchy granola. It should be golden brown, maybe a teeeeny bit burnt in some places.
- While it bakes, take the seeds out of your dates and chop them up. The finer you chop them, the easier your life will be in a sec.
- Mash up the dates as best you can. Your goal is to turn them into a paste.
- When the granola is done, pour it while hot over the date paste and mix, mix, mix! You want to dry and get rid of any big date chunks.
- Then press into a little pan ((lined with paper)) and refrigerate overnight, or at least a good 2-3 hours.
- After that, you can cut them into bars. Keep 'em stored in the fridge though.
A WORD ON DATES
They get things MOVING. Are you picking up what I'm putting down? This is not a warning, so much as a little heads up. And maybe a helpful tip if things are feeling... sluggish? Also, they are sweet, sweet, sweet. I would call this more of a dessert bar, than a breakfast-y/granola bar. I like a little bite or two after dinner. And I served them as the "dessert" yesterday for the Fourth of July BBQ.
So there you have it! You can either date nuts in bars, or eat a date nut bar!