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No-Bake Date Bars : Gluten-Free Recipe and Pictures

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hello! I meant to write a blog about going to the Better Living Show in Portland last weekend, but then my camera decided it didnít feel like getting along with my computer anymore. Or the computer decided my camera wasnít cool. Either way, they arenít getting along so I had to get the pictures off of my camera in a roundabout way.

But, despite those problems I made probably the best thing I have eaten in a LONG time. These date bars:

Scroll down if you want to see the changes I made.
But firstÖ

I have to say it was a pretty neat expo, but I think it will hold a lot more relevance once Aubrey and I are homeowners. Green solutions to problems we donít currently have were interesting to hear about, but by the time they apply Iím sure there will be even bigger advances.

Although this motorcycle was pretty darn cool. I would be way to afraid to actually ride on one though!

This one was cool, yet scary too.

Sorry about the horrible picture, but I was trying to take it quickly before anyone walked in front of it again!

Then we headed over to the Vegan Village where they were sampling all kinds of goodies. Now that is universal appeal!

For those who donít have to worry about gluten I have to say how amazing Daveís Killer Bread is. I didnít eat any that day, but when we went to the Portland VegFest last year it was amazing! Aubrey got a nice hunk of Sin Dawg that I drooled over.

I made extra sure that everything I was trying was gluten-free.

I wasnít going to take any chances as I had zero desire for an upset stomach. Those cookies were quite tasty, although I wasnít a big of fan of the crackers.

Then again, Iím not really a cracker fan in the first place. What I AM a fan of is Larabar. In fact, itís only because of the people at Larabar that I even heard about this show in the first place! Had to jump in line to get my free samples.

The show really just got me excited for the VegFest. I wish it were sooner! We did leave with a few samples and info, but far less than what we got from VegFest.

But we did get that free plant. Which, I donít think has left our kitchen table sinceÖ.Whoops emoticon

Peanut Date Bars

Moving on to that amazing recipe I teased you with earlier. I saw Angelaís recipe on Oh She Glows for 5-ingredient vegan, no-bake date bars. How simple does that sound? Well I did change the recipe up quite a bit, considering I changed two of the ingredients and left out the fifth one. And I halved it since I was basically making it just for Aubrey and I. But I think this would be a hard thing to screw up! I only changed the ingredients to suit what I already had in the cupboard.

I got out my ingredients first, dates, almond butter, peanuts, oats, and if you want to count it as an ingredient: water. I left out the salt, as usual, because I just donít like it and I donít find it necessary. But if you are a salt fiend, feel free to add about ľ tsp.

I blended ĺ cup of peanuts (110 grams) with ĺ cup gluten-free oats (72 grams) in a food processor until they turned crumbly. Then I chopped 5 of the dates and blended those in. Then I melted 2 tbsp of the almond butter and added that and blended again. I placed the mixture (except for 1/3 of a cup) into a parchment paper lined loaf pan. Save that 1/3 cup for later!

I used 18 total dates in this recipe, which turned out to be 145 grams. I already used 5 in the crust, so I took the other 13 and chopped them before blending with ľ cup of water until a paste formed. It took quite awhile and I was so tempted to add more water to speed up the process, (and Iíll admit I did add some) but it would definitely be better if it had been thicker! After the date paste is formed I spooned in on top of the crust.

Then I took that reserved 1/3 cup of crust (which was probably more like ľ cup since I might or might not have eaten some of it) and sprinkled it on top.

I knew I was supposed to let it set in the fridge, but I have zero patience (as Iíve mentioned many times before!) so I ate some immediately.

Wow. Seriously. Wow. Why havenít you made this yet? Oh yeah, because maybe youíll be like me and eat three of them. I mean, I ďmightĒ have eaten three. Itís entirely possible that I ate one immediately, ate another one after ďtryingĒ to be patient, going to the gym, and then possibly eating another one. And I "might" have had to give away half of them so I would stop eating them!

But come on, donít these look amazing?

Ok, Angelaís pictures are definitely better, but you wonít care what they look like. Youíll care that they taste absolutely fantastic.

Edited to add: I highly recommend patience! I'm eating a sliver today and they taste even better than they did yesterday. I had no idea that was possible!

Whatís the best thing you have made lately?
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    I know it's almost a year later... but I've been searching for a date based snack bar since everything in the stores/online has WAY to many extra ingredients. I'm going to have to give these a try. And watch out for this year's Better Living show too!
    1685 days ago
  • CAROLJ35
    Sound good! Will try these real soon.
    Have never used almond butter but will look for it. Could you substitute peanut butter?
    BTW, have you made the flourless peanut butter cookies? Very good!
    1992 days ago
  • DS9KIE
    the bars look yummy
    2002 days ago
    those date bars look yummy! Were you at the Convention Center? I love to go to the book festival there. Yay for Larabars!
    2006 days ago
    The bars are so good. I can't wait for you to make some more.
    2007 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/31/2011 3:14:01 AM
    Those look good. I may have to try them.

    I just tried the oatmeal-banana cake things from a couple weeks ago. I think I need to experiment with them a little...

    2007 days ago
  • RHALES199
    ooohhh, those look yummy (although they might be too high in fructose for me, but still...)
    and I love Larabars... wish I could have them more often, but again, too high in natural fructose... but give in to temptation once in a while.

    In fact, I was @ Winco Monday, and bought two... and the lady in front of me (or was it behind me??? I can't remember) was also behind me, and of course, we had to get in a conversation about how yummy & healthy they are (didn't bring up the fact that they're gluten- free, but anyways...)

    HAve a great day enjoying your goodies!
    2007 days ago
    Those look good, but I am still drooling over your cookie dough shake. ;)
    I haven't made anything good lately, sorry to say. I need to try something new soon. I just don't get too much kitchen time with a toddler who refuses to nap. Hope all is well in your world! Is the gluten-free thing getting easier?
    2007 days ago
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