After running the Oregon Half Marathon two weeks ago, the watermelon at the end of the race tasted amazing. On top of that, they had a table full of snack-sized lara bars for everyone to take at will. I had several that I’d never tried before including: Sticky Bun and Chocolate Chip Cherry Torte Bars. Both were so good. I was expecting the sticky bun one to be too sweet, I mean really, it’s named like a cinnamon roll. It was surprisingly light and the cinnamon in it was perfect with the nuttiness. And the chocolate chips and cherries, yes please. I’ve been wanting to experiment with cherries in my date bars, so this pushed me over the edge. I had to make some up.
I’ve made these a couple times now and really like them. They are the perfect thing to wrap up in some parchment paper and deliver to friends. Like yesterday I took some to a friend for letting me throw a dresser in their large dumpster. (Thanks to an upcoming boy bedroom reveal and that it was simply falling apart). If you are going to make a double batch, make sure to make it in two batches so you don’t burn out your food processor. I might be saying this from experience. I had to dump some of mine out because I started to see smoke. No bueno.
Besides seeming smoke, seeing all this natural sweetness and nuttiness together makes me so happy. Having a sweet tooth is okay, as long as you feed it the right sweets. It takes a little bit to transition your taste buds, but once you do, it’s totally worth it. The typical date bars we make around here are peanut butter chocolate chip, so this was a fun change-up. Next I want to try the lime ones!
I dump out my ball of mixed dates and stuff onto some parchment. Layering another piece of parchment on top allows for easy rolling with a rolling pin. Then just use both pieces to make little wrappers for the bars you make. I roll my about 1/4″ thick.
Seriously, they are so pretty. How does paper do that? Brown squishy snacks laid out on a plate don’t look that amazing, throw some paper around them, and wa-lah, you got yourself some pretty tasty packages. I think cutting these in half (for more bite-sized portions) would be really fun for maybe a brunch or baby shower.