Vegan Date Bars


This a delicious and healthy snack to try out. These are vegan bars and they have such a good flavour. These are also very easy to tailor to your personal preferences! See my notes at the bottom of the recipe for some cool alternate flavours to try out.


Ingredients:

1 cup dates, pitted and chopped (8 dates)

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup raisins

2 Tbsp almond butter

1/4 tsp cardamom

1/4 tsp cinnamon

3 Tbsp almond milk

1/4 cup flaxseed meel

3/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup coconut shreds


In a food processor add dates, cranberries, raisins, almond butter, cardamon, cinnamon and almond milk. Pulse until smooth and sticky. Depending on the size of your food processor you may need to do this in two batches. Once smooth remove mix from food processor and place into a mixing bowl. Stir in flaxseed and set aside. Clean out food processor. Add sunflower seeds and coconut shreds. Pulse just a few times until coarsely chopped, you still want some large chunks. Add chopped seeds and coconut to date mixture. Stir until well combined.


Line a loaf pan with cling wrap. Place mixture into loaf pan and press down smooth. I like to spray my hand with non stick spray and then press down, this helps to get it nice and smooth. You can also you the bottom of a lightly greased measuring cup. Once smooth, place into fridge to allow to set. Best to leave it for 1-2 hours.


Once bars have fully set, remove from pan and place onto a cutting board. Remove cling wrap. Use a sharp knife and slice into pieces. I did mine in 1/2" slices. Store in air tight container in the fridge! I like to store mine on parchment paper in my container so they do not stick together. You can also freeze these, again ensure they are not touching in the container when you freeze them so they do not stick together. Enjoy!

Substitutions:

These bars are very versatile. So many different choices to mix things up. Let me know in the comments bellow what combinations you've tried!


Nut Butters: Peanut butter and tahini would also be good.


Dried Fruits: Dried blueberries, cherries or all raisins would work as well.


Milk: Cashew milk or oat milk would also be another great vegan choice.


Seeds: Pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts or pecans would also be good.

Notes:

Ensure to scrape down the sides of the food processor. You should get a nice smooth puree. It is ok to have chunks of seeds! This adds nice texture.