Do you want a cookie but not the calories that go with it? That’s what I have here. Well, it’s not technically a “cookie” per say, but I’m calling it close enough. 😉 These no bake bars taste like a berry fruit roll up snack, except these bars are loaded with healthy ingredients.
Cranberry Date Nut Bars Recipe
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1 tablespoon sweetened coconut flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup miniature chocolate chips (optional)
- Combine the almonds, dried cranberries, pitted dates, coconut flakes, and vanilla extract in a food processor and blend until all of the ingredients have formed into a ball. (With my food processor, it took about 5 minutes.)
- On a piece of parchment paper shape the mixture into a 6 x 6 inch square.
- Chill it for at least 1 hour.
- (Optional) Sprinkle miniature chocolate chips on top before serving.
Store it in an air tight container in the refrigerator or at room temperature or in a freezer friendly bag in the freezer.
You don’t need your oven today. Hello, no bake goodie. 🙂
You do need a food processor. You want to run it until the ingredients are really combined. The goal here is to make sure that you can flatten the mixture into a square and not have any bits fall out.
You can make these as thick or as thin as you like. I think a 6 x 6 inch square is ideal but if you end up with “rustic” edges, that’s okay too. I used my hands to shape the sides and then flattened it with the bottom of a measuring cup.
These bars do contain natural sugars from the dried fruit and a little bit from the sweetened coconut but they are honestly not bad for you. In fact, the whole thing only has about 2.5 grams of added sugar from the sweetened coconut flakes. And if you wanted to, you could even find unsweetened coconut to use instead.
The dried cranberry flavors shine here. I barely taste the almonds and dates. However, they act as a great binder, they boost the protein, and they add great nutritional value. These bars are a great snack after a work out (just saying, for any of you who recently started to work out as your new year’s resolution).
I could not resist topping these fruity bars with a few mini chocolate chips because I think anything with chocolate tastes good. If you’re counting calories or sugar, then feel free to omit them entirely.
Adapted from: Paleo Grubs
Here are some other healthy snacks.