There are these tasty bars that exist that are dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free… the list goes on and on. They are the free-est bars I’ve ever eaten.
The only thing about them that is decidedly not-free is the actual cost (although the price is easily explained when you come to realize that the bars contain mostly dried dates (ka-ching!) and nuts (ka-ching!).
I’ve tried about 15 of the available flavors, but my all-time favorite is cookie dough. A sweet date bar loaded with cashews and chocolate chips = a perfect snack.
This homemade version is very easy to make and a tad bit cheaper than the pre-packaged variety. I used a copy-cat recipe that contains oats just to give my bars a little more substance, more texture, and (quite frankly) to stretch the batter to make a few more bars. Feel free to leave the oats out, but you may need to add more nuts to achieve the right consistency.
1 1/2C walnuts (or cashews)
1 1/2C dates, pitted
1 1/2C old-fashioned oats
1/2C chocolate chips
2T flax seeds (optional)
Line 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a food processor, blend dates, walnuts, and salt until smooth. Add half of oats and blend.
Add remaining oats and chocolate chips. Pulse several times to incorporate – but not too pulverize.
Remove dough from food processor. Press dough into the lined baking dish. Refrigerate several hours.
Slice into bars. Store leftovers into the refrigerators.