- 1 cup packed dates, pitted
- 1/4 cup honey (sub maple syrup or agave for vegan option)
- 1/4 cup almond butter (if unsalted, add a healthy pinch sea salt)
- 3/4 cup raw nuts (such as pecans and almonds)
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (GF for gluten free eaters)
- 1/4 cup semisweet or dark chocolate chips (dairy free to keep vegan)
- OPTIONAL: Toast oats in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes to give a toasted flavor. Not necessary but recommended.
- Place dates in a food processor and mix until small bits remain and they form a ball. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and add oats, nuts, and chocolate chips. Stir with a wooden spoon, breaking down the dates so they disperse fairly evenly throughout the ingredients. Small chunks are OK.
- Warm honey and almond butter in a small saucepan and pour over dry ingredients. Stir quickly to evenly coat. The chocolate chips will get a little melty – that’s fine and even desirable.
- Transfer to a shallow pan (such as 8×8 or loaf pan) lined with parchment or plastic wrap and top with another piece of plastic wrap and use your hands to form the mixture into a tight square (keeping in mind you want them about 1/2 thick and you’ll cut them into 10-12 bars) with a uniformly flat top. This will take a little work but the warmth of your hands will work well to shape them.
- Still covered, pop them into the freezer to set for 15 minutes. Remove and cut into 10 bars. Store in an airtight container or bag in the fridge to keep fresh, or in the freezer for longer term storage.