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date and peanut snack bars

Date and Peanut Snack Bars

How do you feel about a delicious recipe on this sunny Wednesday? I am so in love with these bars, they are amazing! And I feel that I have finally perfected my recipe now.

The great thing about these date and peanut snack bars is that they are all natural and completely healthy, but still quite sweet. They are perfect to satisfy your craving for something sweet or to give an energy boost during a busy day.

You can make them in about twenty minutes and they will keep for at least five days in the fridge. They will probably stay tasty for much longer, but I have not been able to keep them for that long yet. They always mysteriously disappear in a matter of days (or maybe not so mysteriously, they are just very very delicious).

So, let’s get started!

healthy date and peanut snack bars

Date and peanut snack bars (makes about 8 large bars)

  • Just over one cup of dates (150 grams)
  • ½ a cup of quick oats
  • ¼ cup of wholemeal flour
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • A few drops of vanilla extract
  • ¾ tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons of water

How to:

  1. Cut the dates into chunks, I usually make four slices of each date. Put them in a small bowl and cover them in lukewarm water.
  2. Now mix the oats, flour, salt, vanilla extract and oil in a mixing bowl.
  3. After the dates have been soaking for five to ten minutes, drain them and add to the bowl.
  4. Use an immersion blender or food processor to turn the mix into a sticky dough. You might have to clean your blender a couple of times in between, just keep going, it will be worth the effort. When all the dates have been chopped into small pieces, you can turn to kneading by hand. That will help getting all the small oat crumbs into the sticky mixture.
  5. Line a box or tray (about 15 x 25 cm) with baking paper. Drop the dough in it and use a second piece of baking paper on top of the dough to push the it out and make it cover the whole bottom.
  6. Once you have a layer of dough that is approximately the same thickness everywhere, remove the baking paper from the top and set aside.
  7. Now mix the peanut butter and honey and add a little bit of water to make it just soft enough to spread out. (I usually only use a teaspoon of water, but it depends a bit on the type of peanut butter you use).
  8. Spread the peanut-honey topping on top of the date dough. Then cover the box and put it in the fridge.
  9. Leave to firm up for at least two hours. After that you can slice it into bars and start eating it all.
  10. It is perfectly possible to carry the bars with you during the day, but they might get a bit more soft. So make sure you carry them in a small box and preferably wrapped in some paper inside the box.

Enjoy your snacking!

 

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