Jan 5 2013

Homemade Candy Bars

The kids love to watch Unwrapped. A television program where they show how different kinds of “food” is made. Mostly processed foods, like candy bars.

The majority of what we see they want, so I’m stuck with the task of finding recipes that are close to what we see since there is no way I’m buying most of the garbage from the show.

Yesterday was all about candy bars, and today I was lucky enough to open my new VegNews and find a recipe that can easily pass for a candy bar. I made some small changes, but I really like these.

They are easy to make, and aside from the chocolate, they are really healthy. You can get away with a very thin layer of chocolate to keep them as healthy as possible, and since dates are so naturally sweet, you won’t miss it. Also, since these are loaded with protein and fiber, the sugar is absorbed a little slower.

Ingredients:

16 Dates

1 Cup Almonds

1 Cup Walnuts

1 Tbls Vanilla Extract

1/8 tsp. sea salt

3/4 Cup non-dairy chocolate chips

Directions:

Put the almonds and walnuts in a food processor and chop into medium sized pieces.

Remove 1/2 the nuts and place in a bowl. Add salt to the mixture in the bowl.

Add the dates, and vanilla to the food processor, and mix until ingredients are well combined.

Combine the mixture from the food processor with the mixture in the bowl.

Spread out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for an hour.

After an hour, melt the chocolate chips on low in a saucepan, and spread on top of the date/nut mixture.

Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

These keep really well in the freezer if you want to keep them around longer than a few days.

One Comment

  1. Mary
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 5:42 am | Posted By: Mary

    Can you use cacao powder or chips instead of non dairy choc chips?

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