Date Almond Bars or Balls

Ingredients for date almond bars, dates, almonds, coconut and cocoa powder

For a good two and a half years I was able to limit the amount of sugar E ate pretty easily, mainly because whenever someone gave her chocolate I would put it in the cupboard and within a few days she had forgotten about it. Not anymore. She has the memory of an elephant when it comes to sweets. She’s still talking about the hazelnut ice-cream she ate a month ago, and I’ve resorted to taking detours around the ice-cream store so as not to trigger a thirty minute ‘discussion’ about why we’re not stopping for ice-cream today.

date almond bar dough in a white bowl

Since treats are in such high demand I started making these bars. They’re sweet and chocolaty but contain no sugar. They are quick to pull together and E loves to help press and roll the dough. They store well in the fridge and freezer and are easy to eat on the go or at the park!

small hand rolling a date almond balls in toasted coconut

Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 16 bars or 24 balls

Ingredients:

2 cups dates (softened with 1/4 warm water if old)

2 cups roasted almonds

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup coconut flakes plus extra for rolling or pressing

1/2 teaspoon salt

1-2 tablespoons warm water if needed

Steps:

  1. Roast almonds in 350C oven for 15 minutes
  2. Spread coconut on baking sheet and toast for 3-5 minutes (until golden)
  3. Place almonds in food processor and process until fine
  4. Add remain gin ingredients and process until mixture comes together in a ball, if the mixture is not coming together begin adding warm water one teaspoon at a time
  5. Press mixture into an 8×8 inch pan and cover with 1/4 coconut flakes, then press again with a sheet of parchment until mixture is flat
  6. OR roll mixture into 24 balls, roll each ball in coconut flakes
  7. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer

small hands pressing date almond bars into a pan

small hands pressing coconut onto date almond bars in a pan

small hands holding a date almond ball

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