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Healthy No Bake Snack Bars



Hello Super Healthy Kid fans! I’m one of you… I adore Super Healthy kids and have been a longtime reader. With four very young children I’m always on the lookout for inspiration and great ideas on ways to feed them well. I blog over at Bless this Mess where I share a glimpse of our happy small town life, budding hobby farm, and lots of family friendly recipes. My most popular post is a two week clean and healthy meal plan that is very realistic and family friendly. I thought you all might enjoy it too!

Today I’m sharing one of our very favorite snacks- healthy no-bake snack bars. They taste a whole lot like a peanut butter cup and my kids love them. You can’t beat how easy, healthy, and simply they are. They also store great! These are a perfect lunch box treat. I also love having them on hand for those times I need a treat terribly but know that I don’t really need a treat. They are perfect craving busters.

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Don’t let the dates scare you. They are kind of an odd ingredient but very easy to find (I get Medjool dates at Costco) and are a great natural sugar. I promise you’ll never know that you are eating dates once they are all mixed in with the rest of the ingredients. Just don’t forget to take out the pits. The first time I used them I sure did and almost ruined my food processor! Date pits are hard as rocks. Oops.

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Thanks so much for having me and enjoy these simple but extra tasty bars.

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Healthy No Bake Snack Bars

  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup nut butter (I used natural peanut butter)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt

Toss everything into a food processor and process until the mixture starts to go smooth and clump into a ball. The dates will be all chopped up but you'll still have bits of nut.

Turn the mixture out into an 8 or 9 inch square dish lined with parchment paper. Use your hands to firmly press the mixture into the bottom of the dish. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Remove the bars from the pan and cut into pieces using a sharp knife. Enjoy these bars cold or frozen. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge or freezer.

Notes

I think a high power blender could be used to make these, but I haven't tried it myself.

This recipe was adapted and inspired by Almond Joy Bars from One Lovely Life


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