These Healthier Date Bars are a less indulgent take on the traditional date bar we all love. The perfect wholesome homemade snack, packed with simple and nutrient rich ingredients.
Finding healthier snacks can be a struggle, that’s why I love creating simple recipes to make for my family and share here for all of you! I try to always keep healthy grab-and-go snacks that will nourish my body, easily accessible to help keep me on my A game (as much of an A game as I can have as a sleep-deprived mom haha!).
How to Make a Healthy Bar
Granola bars from the grocery store often contain a lot of unnecessary refined ingredients, so cutting down on added sugars when making them homemade is important (and not hard). The base of this bar is oats which are really rich in fibre (specifically beta-glucan) and dates are one of my favourite naturally sweet fruits to use loaded with fibre. I also added hemp hearts which add a mild nutty flavour and are FULL of nutrients including healthy fat and protein.
Baking with Medjool dates
I love baking with dates, and Medjool dates are rich in natural sugars, fibre, and several vitamins and minerals. Adding them into your baking can help satisfy those sugar cravings with nutrient-rich dates that also help boost energy! Don’t forget to remove the pits before using them in this (and other) recipes.
Healthy Family Snacks
My children will always be my priority, but when days don’t go as planned in the food department I like to keep an arsenal of grab-and-go snacks like these date power bars, to help fuel the whole family. I love creating “healthier” versions of comforting classics we all know and love. These bars stick together so nicely thanks to the ground almonds and honey or agave syrup (your choice – brown rice syrup works awesome too) and can be put in the freezer once cut up, to include in your lunch or to grab with your morning coffee or tea heading out the door!
Date Power Bars
Healthier Date Bars
These Healthier Date Bars are the perfect wholesome homemade snack, packed with simple, nutrient rich ingredients.
- 20 pitted Medjool dates, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
- 1 cup almonds, toasted
- 2 cups large flake oats
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/3 cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup agave syrup or honey
- 3/4 cup melted coconut oil or butter
- 1/4 cup hemp hearts
Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a 9x9" (if you want them thicker) or a 9x13" (if you want them slightly thinner) baking dish or pan with parchment paper (I grease the pan first to let the paper stick).
Place the dates and the water in a medium saucepan and simmer over medium-low heat until the dates are soft and break down, approximately 20 minutes. Stir in the vanilla, orange zest and set aside. You can blend it with an immersion blender for a smoother filling if desired.
Add the almonds, oats, whole wheat flour, baking powder, sea salt, cinnamon, brown sugar and coconut to the your food processor or blender. Pulse until oats and almonds are finely processed. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and add the agave syrup or honey, coconut oil and hemp hearts and mix together with a large spoon until the mixture sticks together.
Take 3/4 of the oat mixture and firmly press it evenly in the bottom of the prepared pan. I use a flat-bottomed cup for this part at the end to get it completely smooth.
Spread the date mixture evenly on top of the oat base with a rubber spatula, and sprinkle on the remaining oat mixture on top of the date layer.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the bars are golden brown. Cool completely, remove from the pan (by lifting the edges of the parchment paper) and cut into 24 squares.