DATE BARS

Today I spent the day hanging out with crossfitters, eating heaps of paleo food and watching recaps of the olympic weightlifting.  I know I'm weird, but I'm lucky to have weird friends who enjoy doing just the same thing on a Sunday afternoon. And wholly crap! Those women and men are freaking strong! I literally can't even figure out how they can possibly snatch and clean and jerk those weights! I mean some of those girls are tinier than me and lifting more than I can deadlift! It definitely didn't make me feel good about myself. But I still loved every minute of it. One of the desserts I made to share today were these date bars, and everyone loved them (well I assume they did, maybe they lied to make me feel better about myself because the Olympians made me look like I train with feathers on my bar).

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 & 1/2 cups walnuts
  • 1/2 cup coconut chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a food processor blend the dates and walnuts until they reach a grainy and crumbly consistency
  3. Add in the coconut chips, eggs, vanilla and salt and blend again until everything is well combined and smushed together
  4. Toss in the chocolate chips and fold them in with a spoon
  5. Spread the mixture out onto a parchment lined baking sheet
  6. Bake for 25 minutes
  7. Cut into squares and serve or wrap up individually and refrigerate to eat later

Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 25 minutes | Number of Servings: 12 bars