Nice, looks like a great take-along for school lunches. Have you ever done that? We are not a nut free school , NUT FREE SCHOOLS! Nothing odd about dates, they are a great ingredient! Could I use banana instead of the peanut butter? Some granola bars are baked in the oven, like my favorite Peanut Butter Coconut Granola Bars! I tried to do these in my blender (I have a Vitamix that’s never been stumped before) and it overheated. My daughter told him they were a healthy brownie and he loved them. Thanks for reading my rant! Also, you do not have to add nuts…there are plenty of substitutions mentioned. Find recipes for date bars to meet any taste. You can find them in the produce department in a container with the pits already removed from the dates. There is also a product called Biscoff that you can get at Wal-Mart that it DELICIOUS and replaced peanut butter for people with peanut allergies. Best ever recipe of dates and nuts bars.simply loved it. Doing exactly what they are learning from their example setters! http://www.ohnuts.com/buy.cfm/bulk-dried-fruits/dates/california-medjool, Hi Heather- Refrigerate for 2 hours, then cut into 12 bars … Would it work? Hi Colleen, sorry to hear they didn’t stick for you! Eveline, You can just leave out the coconut. Absolutely amazing! And he’s only 12! Your blog is filled with unique good articles! Hi Sandy, you can substitute the nuts with seeds if you prefer! All Rights Reserved. I used hemp hearts cause I had them and dislike coconut. Although, I haven’t tried it. I love these little chocolate goodies. The recipe calls for a mixture of seeds: hemp seeds, pepitas, chia seeds, and ground flax. But since I don’t have one next time I would throw in some chopped almonds at the end before I put them into the pan. Everyone is so up in arms about a recipe they can readily change to suit their kid’s tastes and needs, but they’d rather scream at others instead of being calm and logical. In Australia there are many nut free schools. Yes I heard this as well, introduce children early to nuts and that will help with kids becoming not allergic. They contain nuts. Have fun and be safe! We store our dates in the pantry or on the counter. Put the dates in a Food Processor, and chop too fine pieces. STEP 2. Any suggestions? I used almonds and almond butter. Thanks for the great recipe!!! No bake recipe is always best. Reply. Could another type of nut be used instead of cashews? I just made these …I subbed organic soybutter(instead of pnut butter) &sunflower seeds , raisins & chia seeds (in place of the cashews! Find recipes for date bars to meet any taste. Can’t wait to try the recipe. They were crumbly. A few class rooms once or twice have asked to be careful but that is it. It’s trial and error. I don’t have any shredded. By WickedCreations. You are just trying to replace the fat in the recipe. I personally live in a country where nut allergies are almost unheard of and kids get peanuts and sesame as first foods. Thank you I want to start making sugar free n salt free snacks,i think this 1 will be my 1st. Will try once again as I have guests coming this weekend. Hello, I’m needing to know how long these stay fresh. Calories: 310, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0g, MUFA:  6.86, PUFA:  2.36, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 0mg, Potassium: 461mg, Carbohydrates: 41g, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 28g, Protein: 7g, Vitamin A: 2%, Vitamin C: 0%, Calcium: 4%, Iron: 15%. Great after school snack, my kids 8 & 14 are now making these tasty treats themselves. But what can I use to replace coconut? I used my vitamix for these and it overheated it! Stac- Glad you liked them. Just wanted to point out that dates have a TON of sugar (albeit natural)….so if you’re diabetic or concerned about sugar intake, I’d cut back on them to taste. What would you suggest to replace the coconut in this recipe? I used dried figs , cutting each in about 6 pieces before processing, and mixed in a Vitamix. to cut down on chilling time, but I tasted the dough and they are delicious! Make energy bars: Press the mixture firmly into a parchment-lined 8×8-inch baking pan, chill, and then slice into energy bars (instead of rolling the mixture into energy balls). Made some “energy balls” with similar ingredients and they were gobbled up. I will pass on this one. My children’s school are not nut free. Your email address will not be published. Nope, my kids love them and I love them too. These look great! ; In a medium-sized saucepan add chopped dates, water, and sugar. Also, you do not have to add nuts…there are plenty of substitutions mentioned. Do you leave on the counter or in the refrigerator. You might like it even better! This makes them easy to take an eat on the go. If you still want to save your future batch, a few drops of water in the running food processor should do the trick. Just the hint of cocoa is enough. They were fantastic, I liked that it has no added sweetner and is high in fiber. Or a mixture of flax and chia for extra Omegas. Can I use raisins or sultana’s in this recipe instead of the dates…only because thats all I have on hand atm. Hi super tasty but did not stick together! Hope that helps! Awesome! I would recommend unsweet because you are using dates. If your school is nut free – use an alternative. Cover and refrigerate until bars solidify, at least 15 minutes and up to 24 hours. We have Never had a nut free school. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Using tahini as a binder, as opposed to peanut butter or almond butter, keeps these bars nut-free as well. If you’re using deglet noor dates, you could try adding a teaspoon of water to moisten them. Grease 8-inch square baking pan; set aside. Ugh – dates I knew it. Deglet noor dates are drier, and might not bind as well. Thanks! My food processor doesn’t seem to want to process the sticky dates…any tips. They’re a product that’s sold here, they come in lots of different flavours! Yes, I put oats in mine and they are fantastic. . I am sure the parents(or they should) know not to put these in there kid’s lunch boxes if not allowed. My family thinks they taste just like “Almond Joy.”. The drier they are, the more crumbly it will turn out. This looks fabulous. I’ve made these for my little family and they fall in love with it, my 14 months absolutely loved it. Remove the bars from the pan and cut into pieces using a sharp knife. People you don’t have to ask permission to switch things up in a recipe. You can replace it with the powdered raw cacao Laura! I’ll be making it weekly! Tips & tricks for making date bars. If you buy dates with the pits in them, you must pop them out before blending in a food processor. Lots of different health concerns out there, no one person could have a recipe that would be perfect for everyone. Most schools are nut,free. I’ve been making these since discovering this site 5 years ago. Great hit with the grandkids as well as adults! My 2.5yo son loves these! Almond butter, Sunbutter, tahini (sesame seed butter essentially), Wowbutter. I have considered grinding the cacao nibs and using them that way in the recipe. It is frustrating, I can’t understand why everyone has to suffer because of this. Add egg … I’ve fixed it, so the grams of sugar per serving should be much lower. Good luck! Cacao powder. I did not had any idea that we could make a snack bars without baking it. Not fun! In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour, sugar, salt, and butter. Bagging the blogger can be demoralizing and is uncalled for. Check your facts. i would love to try this at home. My kids do. my son is allowed nuts. And honey plus oats could work well for the dates (or another dried fruit). Raw Apple Bars. I would have to clean it out, then try processing again. Looks great and want to try ti! These bars require a number of ingredients but are easily customizable to whatever you have on hand. Instructions. Ok, I think mine must have been too hard. http://www.ohnuts.com/buy.cfm/bulk-dried-fruits/dates/california-medjool. © 2021 Bard Valley Natural Delights®. Our teenage son dissed my cooking skills because it’s so crumbly. Thanks for sharing. Thank you for bringing that to our attention! nice post and i really like your post and awesome article. However, they did not stay together like I thought. Pulse to combine. Please post more recipe like this. Thank you- I’ve been looking for something just like this! I 100%agree with earlier comment about the complaints over a recipe. 2 cups Natural Delights Medjool Dates, pitted and chopped (about 20 dates) Enjoy! Add the paste to the dry ingredients and add the vanilla, salt and cardamom. I live in Manatee county in Florida and do not have one nut free school. If a person has an allergy, it is theirs or their care givers responsibility to inform the people who will come into contact with the sufferer, of the allergies. Thank you! Catrina….Taste ‘n’ Tell, its seem so amazing i would love to try this at my home, They sounded good, but when I made them, they were not very good. do you think I can name small balls with this? These are a great substitute! I’ve had a non-chocolate version of these, and they are not only super yummy, but super easy to make. 1. Great! Just made them, and bringing them to my in-laws as an after lunch treat. You can leave the nuts out and substitute with sunflower seeds. Can I skip the cocoa? Common sense must prevail. I love playing with different ingredients! I guess not all recipes are for everybody. nuts are a healthy snack. They are fantastic even my picky kid -the one who doesn’t eat nuts, coconut, dates-loved them. Ingredients 1 cup almonds 1 1/2 cups dates 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract 2 tablespoons lemon zest (the peel from 1 lemon) 2 tablespoons lemon juice (ideally from the lemon above) 1 1/4 cups shredded dried coconut 3/4 teaspoon sea salt I only had one cup of dates, so I added one cup of raisins. I am also a blogger and understand the complexities of sharing insights and recipes. So many of the items on this site, I can’t make for her. Combine water, 1/4 cup brown sugar and My daughter is very allergic. Melt the chocolate bars in a pan over medium low, stirring often to prevent burning. Most schools are not ‘nut free’ – PLEASE DO NOT tell someone how to write their own posts. I just made these according to recipe and added a little banana to bind. I used WOW butter, the peanut butter alternative that is allowed in schools. I only used 1T of cacao and they taste fantastic. Giving some away, so will see the response. In fact, dates are such a great source of natural sugar, they have been processed to make natural sweeteners such as date juice, date sugar, dehydrated dates, date paste, ground dates, and even diced dates that you can add to recipes … ... a grab and go bar!! They’re allowed to have nut products for lunch, just not as a classroom snack. I was impressed how well you express your thoughts. Enjoy these bars cold or frozen. Our system defaulted the servings to only 4. I am also allergic to chocolate. Sad. Dates are also a great source of potassium and other minerals (which is why we like making this date recipe on hikes). So I’m bringing these 5-ingredient raw date … Cause we’re coming into the season of cookie exchanges and parties and sugar overload. I am sure the parents(or they should) know not to put these in there kid’s lunch boxes if not allowed. In fact, the standard alternative to the cafeteria meal is a PBJ sandwich. One of the main themes of this website is to try and move people far and wide away from the extreme reliance we seem to have on overly-processed foods. And don’t say kids don’t listen-kids that haven’t been taught to listen don’t listen. Thanks. We like to look for dates with shiny skin, that isn’t too dried out, because they are easier for the kids to eat, and they can blend in the food processor a lot easier. These bars taste a whole lot like a peanut butter cup and my kids love them. Would desiccated coconut also work (or something else?). Because they are so low in moisture, like dried fruit, dates can last up to 6 months when stored in an airtight container! Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan and press into an even layer. These Raw Apple Bars by Sara Oliveira are super delicious and healthy. A well turned-out raw bar also might offer shrimp cocktails, and chilled crab legs or lobster tails, too. My kids do. Lol…I live in Canada and the school my kids go to is NOT nut free. It worked & they were delicious ? These are a perfect lunch box treat. I have 3 school aged kids. Also do these have a super date like flavor? Dates are a great food to include in your kids day. Michelle, You could try soaking them first. If nut allergies are a problem, simply use all sunflower seeds and omit cashews. How awful to read all this drama over someone sharing a recipe! I just used what I had on hand. It sounds like your mixture was just a bit too dry- it could be because our dates were softer? Oats, sunflower butter, honey, flax seed, chocolate chips (enjoy life brand is allergen free), coconut, and vanilla. I don;t know Canadian stores, but in the US, both of those substitutes are usually stocked right on the same shelf as the peanutbutter in the grocery store and are available even at Wal-Mart and places like that. Hi Margarita- It makes it very difficult to make lunches. Add coconut and extract; pulse again adding water a little at a time until mixture makes a moist but not sticky dough. I have made “peanut butter” cookies with the WOW Butter and they turn out great. They’re also … These raw fig bars are an easy breakfast, snack or dessert and require just 5 ingredients and a food processor to make! use wow butter if for a nut free school…. With the peanut butter for protein, the dates for fiber, and the cocoa powder and coconut for flavor, kids can eat dates all day long. Sunflower butter is a great substitute for peanut butter. I left out the cashews and used pumpkin seeds instead. I lived in Ontario and now live in Alberta and have never heard that all schools are nut free though. Add the oats, hemp seeds, peanut butter and maple syrup and process until it … Any suggestions. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Kid-friendly too!! STEP 1. ( I got the big bag of organic dates from Costco …use them in tons of recipes in place of sugar !!). I don’t know that my son would eat it as he already has developed a mental block against anything that tastes like PB because he has gotten sick on the real thing. Yes you could surely roll into little balls instead of making into bars. Wouldn’t it be by school or school board? You know you can plant the pits and they grow into plam trees. Raw and no baking, no cooking required!! Get the chocolate and date raw brownie recipe here or find the chickpea, date and cashew energy bites recipe here. These are great! For a riff on these nutritious bars, try out homemade Larabars recipe too! So glad this recipe hit the spot, Jane! He brought it to me and said “mom look at what these people are saying! I had been looking for ideas for a raw date bar. There is a special table for kids with allergies, and class treats have to be nut-free, but other than that kids can bring what they want in their lunches. Your experience is not universal, and I would imagine that each parent has enough common sense to determine if this (and any other recipe they find on the internet) is suitable for their kids and the school they go to. I agree completely! 2. These sound amazing. However if you have a nut allergy you could try sunflower seeds maybe. Should I add more nut butter? Leave a review! Love this, just add some maple syrup to hold together better – yum! Sweet, chewy, and wholesome bars are chock full of nuts and have no added sugars. This recipe is delicious as written and is also very flexible. Can you use cacao instead of cocoa? If you want to substitute with a different nut, pecans are a similar consistency and a suitable replacement for cashews. I substituted craisins for dates, almonds for cashews (because I like them better) peanut butter (because I was too lazy to whip up almond butter) left over colored and sweetened coconut from a birthday cake made for my son and I used my Vitamix because I don’t have a food processor. Look at all those ingredients. What can I use as a substitute for coconut? I’m allergic to chocolate any suggestions to substitute? Add the toasted seeds to the date mixture in the food processor and pulse 5 to 10 times or to desired consistency. If you don’t have WOW Butter, i’m sure there is another product similiar. Thanks for sharing ingredients. If you wanted to substitute the peanut butter, I recommend another nut or seed butter in its place. Find one you do like and make it instead:). I don’t Sue, but you can calculate it at nutritiondata.self.com. Turn the mixture out into an 8 or 9 inch square dish lined with parchment paper. Try pulsing the mixture with a couple tablespoons of water. These are a perfect before/after school snack. Niki- I have never tried freezing them,, but I actually don’t think it would be a good idea. She can’t possibly be expected to know what YOUR kid needs, nor what YOUR kid’s school allows or doesn’t. I need to substitute the nut butter in the recipe not just the nuts. The balance of everything works perfectly and needs no tweaking! I’m always perplexed, though, how snacks with nuts are listed as being perfect for lunch boxes… who has kids that go to a school that allow peanut/nut products? Almonds. They are perfect craving busters. https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=1396337 My 12yr old son found this recipe while looking for something to make for a school project. Hello, the 53g of sugar per serving seem like a lot. My kids have gone to 3 different schools and none have been peanut free. Serve chilled for best texture, and store any leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a … Thanks for the recipe also – Bless This Mess . Did I not blend long enough??? The have the allergy table where the kids eat. So no one is taking that away too. Looks yummy. One serving of dates is 5-6 dates, which is really easy to do when you blend them in a food processor and make delicious no bake date bars like this! I would refrigerate and keep them for about a month. My sons elem school used to be but they changed it because they thought it gave a false sense of security for children with allergies because they simply could not guarantee it. Almonds are the main dry ingredient but they can be substituted with cashews, pecans, walnuts or any combination of nuts up to 1 cup total. I was leery that they wouldn’t actually taste very good, just be packed with great ingredients. I feel so bad for the person who shared it.she was trying to share something nice and these people are ruining it!” He said that! Thanks for the recipe !! I bet it adds a nice gooey to the bar. Don’t be spreading lies! Yes you can Michelle- No substitute necessary, just leave it out. Instead of bars, I made balls. Not sure what I did wrong! If you or someone in your household has unfortunate allergy problems then it’s Your responsibility to search for “____ free” recipes or be wise enough to substitute! These classic date squares are incredibly delicious. Did I make them too thin maybe? I get them at Costco, but they look like this: Could you suggest an alternate ingredient in place of peanut butter and raw cashew? Thank you so much for posting these, we love them! Carob & date is an excellent combination. Are you suppose to add water or some kind of liquid to help your food processor? Hi Kimberly, these can stay fresh for quite a while. I add as little or as many of the cacao nibs determined by how much chocolate flavor I want. Angela Liddon May 30, 2016 at 1:39 pm. What could I use instead of peanut butter? Thank you!! You could substitute WOW Butter for the peanut butter if it’s available in your area. You’ll feel or see the long pit (or seed) on the inside if you tear open the date. My 2 girls (4 years & 6 years old) didn’t even realise they weren’t real brownies. Before putting the dates in the food processor, I usually will soak them for 15 minutes in warm water to soften. In fact, dates are such a great source of natural sugar, they have been processed to make natural sweeteners such as date juice, date sugar, dehydrated dates, date paste, ground dates, and even diced dates that you can add to recipes you want to sweeten up naturally.