Date Peanut Bars

These Date Peanut Bars are a delicious (almost guilt-free) snack. They are soft and chewy…and perfect for someone that loves nuts! The vegan chocolate topping can be omitted if you are looking to make a guilt-free version of these bars. I like to cut these into small snack-size squares that are easy to take on the go or in your lunch.

This recipe uses dates, natural nut butter and coconut flour. Don’t be intimidated with these ingredients if it is your first time using them. These are super easy to make!

Ingredients:

Peanut Layer

  • 5-7 Dates
  • ½ Cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 ½ Cups peanuts, unsalted
  • 1-2 scoop fermented Greek yogurt proteins+
  • ½ Cup coconut flour

Chocolate Layer

  • ½ Cup vegan chocolate chips
  • ¼ Cup + 1 Tbsp. natural almond butter

Topping

  • ¼ Cup chopped peanuts
  • 3 Tbsp. pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ Cup cranberries

Directions:

  1. Line an 8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Peanut Layer: Add dates and peanut butter to a food processor. Blend until you get a sticky and crumbly mixture.
  3. Add in 1 cup peanuts and blend until fully-incorporated. Add in remaining ½ cup nuts, flour and proteins+. Pulse food processor a few times to incorporate.
  4. Pour this mixture into the prepared baking pan. Press down and smooth to create an even layer.
  5. Chocolate Layer: In a bowl, add the chocolate chip and almond butter. Melt in the microwave.
  6. Pour this chocolate mixture over the peanut layer. Smooth into an even layer. Sprinkle toppings evenly over the bars. Press gently into the chocolate layer.
  7. Freeze for 30 minutes. When set, remove and cut into bars.