3-Ingredient Date Bars

overhead view of date and nut bars with almonds and cranberries

BEFORE WE DIVE INTO RECIPES…

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overhead view of date and nut bars with almonds and cranberries

NOW LET’S TALK SNACKS.

Things I love about packaged snacks:

  • Fast
  • Tasty
  • Convenient

Things I hate about packaged snacks:

  • They cost about $10000 each

Okay, so maybe I’m exaggerating. But I find it very emotionally difficult to shell out $2 for a snack bar that I’ll eat in two minutes, no matter how good it tastes. Also, we live in a food desert and our options are limited. Enter: homemade date bars. I bought dates + almonds in bulk on Amazon, threw them in the food processor with dried cranberries, and created a $1 alternative to a store-bought snack! $1, guys! Let’s dive into the recipe, shall we?

3-INGREDIENT DATE BARS

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3-Ingredient Date Bars
overhead view of date and nut bars with almonds and cranberries
Course Snacks
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings
bars
Ingredients
Course Snacks
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings
bars
Ingredients
overhead view of date and nut bars with almonds and cranberries
Instructions
  1. Measure dates into a bowl and cover with warm water. Let soak for 3-5 minutes (closer to 5 if the dates are dry or hard).
  2. In a food processor, pulse almonds until you reach a rice-like consistency.
  3. Drain dates and pat dry. Add dates and cranberries to the food processor with the almonds. Pulse until finely chopped and combined.
  4. Grease a 9x9" pan with the oil of your choice. Turn the date mixture out into the pan and firmly press. Slice into 8 pieces and enjoy!
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Y’all, these are so good and easy! You can also switch out the almonds and cranberries for other nuts/fruit you like! Dates are the key ingredient, though. They give the bars that perfect, chewy texture + carbs to power you through your day!

INGREDIENT COMBO IDEAS:

  • Peanuts + dried cranberries = PB&J
  • Cashews + dried cherries = cherry pie
  • Almonds + dried mango = tropical

STORAGE

You can store these date bars at room temperature for about a week. In the fridge, they get a little hard and difficult to chew. Make sure to keep them in an airtight container for freshness!

Easiest recipe ever, right? Try it out and let me know what you think! Also – tell me your favorite snack bar in the comments! I’m always looking for new ideas.

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Chia Bites

overhead view of no bake peanut butter and chia seed energy bites

I was texting Michelle the other day about how I have been in such a rut when it comes to snacks lately. Preferences lately include: slightly sweet, chewy over crunchy, and always with some satiating protein/fat to keep me satisfied for longer. We debated the merits of muffins with PB as snacks (PS – get you a friend that will text you about the things that matter in life… like muffins) and it just sounded like so. much. work. 

I had some no-bake cookies last week that satisfied my sweet tooth but were almost too sweet on their own (overpoweringly so), so last Sunday while I batch cooked up some food for the week, I created these no-bake peanut butter chia bites! I’d describe them as 50% no-bake cookie, 50% energy bite, 100% delicious and satiating.

no-bake peanut butter chia bites

RECIPE NOTES

  • Make sure to really boil the milk, sugar, and butter together for two full minutes!
  • To help the bites set, you can use 2 tbsp butter and 2 tbsp coconut oil. I personally think the coconut oil produces a more “solid” product, but I love a little butter flavor in the bites to make them more cookie-like.
  • Instead of 1/4 cup each of chia seeds and ground flaxseed, you can use 1/2 cup of just one to help digestion (use ground flax to move things along and chia seeds to slow things down if you catch my drift!)
  • Use quick oats for an easier-to-chew texture! Old-fashioned rolled oats are wonderful, but are too big to soften as the cookies sit.
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No-Bake Peanut Butter Chia Bites
overhead view of no bake peanut butter and chia seed energy bites
Course Snacks
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
bites
Ingredients
Course Snacks
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
bites
Ingredients
overhead view of no bake peanut butter and chia seed energy bites
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, combine almond milk, sugar, and butter (or coconut oil). Bring to a rolling boil over medium heat and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat. Add vanilla extract, peanut butter, quick oats, chia seeds, and ground flaxseed. Stir well to combine.
  3. Drop or scoop mixture into ~1-inch balls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour or in refrigerator for 30 minutes to harden before serving.
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Tag me on Instagram if you whip up a batch of these no-bake peanut butter chia bites, and let me know what you think!

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Gut Health + Antibiotics

overhead view of yogurt parfait with granola and peaches

I had a solid 5 or so year stretch from high school through college without having any illness that took me out for more than a day or so. And now that I’m graduated/in the real world, I can catch any bug around. I’m a big proponent of asking whether or not you really need antibiotics before jumping into taking them, but I also know that there’s a time and place where they’re helpful and we all need medical help sometimes.

I posted on my Instagram stories/feed over the holidays about gut health while you take antibiotics and got a resounding “YES” when I asked if this should be a blog post, so let’s get into it!

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