March has been crazy busy. I am absolutely in love with my current course at school, Psychology of Disease. I will definitely be writing some blog posts about the things we’ve discussed because it’s fascinating. My teacher is also amazing and guides us through meditations in class, so needless to say I will miss it!
Despite the busy schedule, there’s always time for food 🙂 This super simple recipe (like most of my recipes) can be modified with whatever you like. It’s a base of dates and nut butter and you can mix-in your favourite things. You can make these paleo and vegan! They’re dairy & grain free and can be nut free if you opt for sunflower seed butter. They’re higher in (natural) sugar because of the dates, however they’re a great option for on the go snacks. My version of fast food 😉
Ingredients (makes about 12-15 bars)
- 2 cups organic dates
- 4 cups organic peanut butter (or almond/sunflower etc.)
- 3/4 cup organic dark chocolate chips
- option: pinch sea salt
I made a large batch of these and my sister even froze a few! The dates and nut butter are the base, and of course chocolate chips are just a necessary ingredient in everything…
- process dates into paste in food processor (tip: to soften dates you can place them in a bowl for a few minutes with boiling water)
- add in peanut butter, mix until incorporated
- option to add a pinch of sea salt
- manually mix in chocolate chips/other mix-ins
- scoop mixture onto parchment paper lined tray and press down evenly
- refrigerate for 30 minutes
- cut into bars of desired size
This is a very basic bar that you can completely customize to your liking! Instead of using all dates, try using some raisins or other dried fruit. Add in some cinnamon or other spices! You can even add different types of nuts. If you use whole nuts rather than nut butter, you’ll likely need to add some water to get the consistency right. The options are endless!