I’ve got quite a sweet tooth and love food, which means that I’m often snacking on chocolate, cookies and other sweet things that aren’t exactly great for me. When I made my Nana’s Date Square recipe, I discovered that I really like Medjool dates, which is awesome because they’re a great and natural way to sweeten recipes – they’re even a great source of antioxidants! I set out to make a healthier snack and created these awesome, no-bake, Medjool date bars. The Medjool dates and apples hold the bars together, and the coconut, puffed quinoa and Marcona almonds really add great flavour. They’re perfect for any time, anywhere – hope you enjoy!
No-Bake Medjool Date Bars
- 1 cup Marcona almonds
- 1¼cups Medjool Dates, pitted (about 15 – I used Natural Delights Medjool Dates)
- ¾ cup dried apples
- ¼ cup flaked coconut (unsweetened)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ + ⅛ cup crispy rice cereal
- ¼ + ⅛ cup puffed quinoa
- (Optional: up to approx. ¼ cup of dried fruit, nuts, or seeds of your choice)
- Cooking spray
Place first six ingredients in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Add rice cereal and puffed quinoa (and optional additions), pulse to combine.
Spray an 8-inch square (or one close to that size) glass or ceramic baking dish, and pour in mixture. Spread across dish and press down firmly, until as flat as and solid as possible (this ensures the bars stay together). Cut into approx. 12 bars, keep in airtight container or pull cling wrap tightly across top of dish.
Inspired by a recipe in Cooking Light magazine