Almond Date Bars x2

With all of this heat and humidity we’re still getting, I’m not ready to start baking yet. In the meantime, here’s a recipe for a treat I made the other day. The original idea is from Larabars, but the homemade version (as with anything) is far superior! They are moist, chewy, have only 3 ingredients, and are relatively healthy for when you need something sweet!

I mixed the almonds and dates, then for variety, roughly divided it in half, added lemon peel to one half and chocolate chips to the other half. The bars are about 100 calories each. (I take one and divide it into four so I can feel like I’m having more! They are very flavor-dense, so a small amount is really satisfying with a cup of tea.) And pairing almonds with dates helps, I hope, to squash the sugar rush from the dates, ha!

Ingredients:

2 cups pitted dates

2 cups raw almonds

Zest from one lemon

2 T mini chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Using a food processor or high-speed blender, chop almonds to desired consistency. I like a mixture of some large and some small. Turn out into large bowl.

2. Blend dates, scraping sides, until smooth. Do not add water. Scrape out and add to almonds in bowl.

3. Knead almonds and dates together.

4. Divide in half. In one half, knead in lemon peel. In the other half, knead in chocolate chips. Wash hands.

5. Place each half onto a separate piece of parchment paper. Shape into discs. Using hands and maybe a metal pancake turner or ruler or pastry board scraper, shape each into a rectangle.

6. Fold paper over mixture and roll with rolling pin until it measure approximately 6″ x 10″. Cut each rectangle into 12 bars.

Be creative with this! No lemons in the house? Try 1/2 to 1 t vanilla. No chocolate chips? Try 2 T flaked coconut.

The possibilities are endless!

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