October 31, 2011

Chewy Fruit and Nut Chocolate Chip Bar

The result of my craving for something chewy and candy-bar-like that I could take on the go:

Chewy Fruit and Nut Chocolate Chip Bars (makes 2 bars)
  • 6 large dates (I used Medjool dates but if you're using smaller dates such as Deglet you would double the number)
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 3 Tablespoons shredded coconut
  • pinch of cinnamon and tiny dash of nutmeg, optional
  • 3 Tablespoons chocolate chips, mini ones are better if you can get them
In a food processor, chop the dates to fine pieces, at which point it'll be sticking together in lumps or on the sides of the bowl. (I don't have a food processor and was able to use my Magic Bullet for this but it took a lot of patience and shaking the contents around or scraping down the cup. I used the cross-blades.)

Add the almonds and process until combined and to desired consistency, then add coconut (and spices, if desired) and process for a couple of seconds until the coconut is chopped and not in large shreds anymore. Put the mixture in a bowl and add the chocolate chips, mixing with a spoon. Using your hands, or an oiled container, press the mixture firmly into bars or roll shapes. If using your hands, work quickly or the chocolate chips will melt.

Not the prettiest thing, but yummy just the same.

What on-the-go treats do you like?

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