When I sit down to watch “So You Think You Can Dance,” I often need a treat. So I stand back up and make some peanut butter date bars. Because they are always good.
That’s usually how a tv/movie night goes in our house. Tyler and I sit down together and then I decide that the kitchen is clean and we’re feeling snacky…so I had better make something good right then. A clean kitchen talks to me.
When I first had lara bars I was surprised at their few ingredients. It was the first time I really had dates in something that I liked. So of course I made some of my own.
I started all this experimenting a while ago. And I know there’s a billion recipe out there like this, but this is one way I make them. I happen to love the little crunch of the mini chocolate chips. If you have a favorite version, I’d love to hear about it.
- 2 cups pitted dates
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- 3/4 cup natural peanut butter (don't use kinds with added sweeteners)
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- Other options: cocoa powder, other nuts, coconut, cherries, dried apples, other dried fruits, almond butter in place of peanut butter
- Put your pitted dates in your food processor. Sometimes the seeds sneak through, so I pinch the dates as I put them in one at a time. I've caught almost all seeds that way. Biting into one is a shocker. Pulse your dates until they're broken up, then add you sliced almonds. Pulse together until the dates are all broken up and starting to stick together. Add peanut butter. Pulse several times. You might have to use a spoon to separate the mixture a couple times. Sometimes I can't get it mixed well so I'll dump it all on parchment paper and kneed it together. However it comes together, then add the chocolate chips. These can be the minis, big, chunk, chip, whatever you want and whatever flavor you're feeling. Once the mixture is combined in a well mixed ball, flatten on the parchment paper in a square or circle shape, heck, whatever shape you're feeling! I flatten mine about 3/4 inch thick. Slice and serve on small parchment papers or as is with a knife to slice off.