You know what I love about dates? It is a natural plant-based way to sweeten a recipe without refined processed sugar, but beyond that it is packed with so many nutritional qualities that I try to use dates as often as I can.
Dates are loaded with fiber so you can say adios to constipation if you include dates into your diet. They also promote heart health, reduce blood pressure, improve respiratory health, and even alleviate anemia.
Eat something sweet, and promote health in your body. Pretty easy, right?!
That’s why I love these snack bars for my kids. What kid doesn’t love a snack bar? They are easy to pack in lunch boxes, easy to grab from the pantry for a quick bite to eat, and they are super simple to make. Having these on hand means you will feel good about what your kids snack on. If you only have quality nutritious food as options, they will only be able to choose nutritious food. Eliminate the processed foods and replace it with easy to prepare foods, like these. You’ll be giving your kids a huge nutritional boost in the process. Your kids will thank you for it, I promise. 🙂
2 cups dates, pitted
3/4 cups cashews
1/4 cup natural almond butter (cashew butter or peanut butter work well, too)
1/2 cup coconut flakes
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
pinch of Himalayan sea salt
- Put all of the ingredients in a food processor and process until the mixture starts to clump into a ball. The dates will be smooth but you’ll have bits of nuts.
- Press the mixture into an 8×8 square dish lined with parchment paper. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Remove the bars, and cut into bars using a sharp knife. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.