Date and Nut Power Bars.
Dates, walnuts, cashews and pecans blended up, sprinkled with sea salt, then cut into power bars. The perfect savory & slightly sweet breakfast for moms on-the-go … or anyone on-the-go, who doesn’t have time for a leisurely (…or even sit-down) weekday breakfast.
Things have been a little crazy around these parts lately. Since little Lexi was born, Lucca’s energy level seems to have sky-rocketed. That’s probably partially due to his need to try and gain back the attention he’s lost to his sister and also because of our constant sleep-deprived state. So, our house, unless Lucca’s napping, is in a mini state of chaos – mostly fun chaos, but chaos none-the-less. Thankful that it’s summer, so we can spend many of our waking hours in the AM and early evening, outside.
Lucca goes to school three days a week and it used to take us awhile to get ready and get out of the house in the AM. With our new little addition it takes a long while. So, it’s about a 2 hour process (!!) to get out of the house just to bring Lucca to school….that’s with having packed his lunch and school bag the night before! The morning includes reading a story while having a bottle of milk, getting changed and dressed (not an easy task with a 2 year old who wants nothing to do with having his diaper changed or wearing clothes), having breakfast/cleaning up (breakfast gets ALL over him and all over the highchair/floor…sometimes walls), etc, etc.
Needless to say, there’s no time, or desire, for mommy (or daddy) to sit down and have breakfast during the week. We both have breakfast in the car. Daddy has his old-standby – Cabot yogurt + granola. And, recently, I’ve been eating these RX bars as a quick breakfast on the way to take Lucca to school.
Before Lexi, was born, I would only buy protein/snack bars to keep in my purse as a snack and would rarely eat them – but now I need something quick, easy, healthy and real to have on the go. I would have never thought to buy these because of the name – it sounds like a medical bar or something made with many artificial ingredients. But a few weeks ago, I grabbed a few because they were on sale and I looked at the ingredient list – and loved what I saw – a very short list of ingredients (basically what’s on the front). And I loved how they taste. Especially the maple sea salt flavor – because of the sweet and salty combos. But, even on sale at 2 for $5, these bars are a bit pricey.
So, I set out to make my own fruit & nut bars with the simplest of ingredients – and these Date and Nut Power Bars were born.
It’s the perfect time to share this recipe with you, because this month’s Recipe ReDux theme is Protein Packed Savory Breakfasts. The trend of protein-packed breakfasts is catching on…and back-to-school time is looming. This month, show us new healthy takes on eating savory or dinner-inspired dishes for breakfast. Think egg burritos, beans and rice, or maybe even pasta?!
Yes, these Date and Nut Power Bars are savory AND naturally sweet, but we all need a little sweetness in the morning.
Why are these Date and Nut Power Bars so great?
- They’re packed with satiating heart-smart healthy fats, including omega-3 fats from the walnuts
- They’re rich in hunger satisfying plant-powered protein
- They contain no added sugar – only natural sugar from the dates
- No baking is involved
- They’re quick to make, though you do need to soak the dates first before blending
- They’re great for on-the-go breakfasts – or for snacks
- You can make a large batch and eat them throughout the week
- They’re SO good – they taste like cookie dough and have a great texture (though softer than the RX bars)!
- Your $ stretches much further when you’re making your own nut and fruit bars on occasion
Make a batch for the week, wrap them individually and carry them with you wherever your weekday mornings take you.
Now, I’ll still be buying my RX bars … but I’ll be making these very often.
Here’s how to make these Date and Nut Power Bars:
- 10 dates, pitted
- 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup + 1 Tablespoon chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup salted cashews
- Sea salt
- Soak dates for 30 minutes in warm water. Drain and rinse.
- Combine dates, 1 cup walnuts, 1/2 cup pecans, 1/2 cup cashews in a food processor and process until smooth.
- Line a loaf pan with parchment paper. Spread date and nut mixture into loaf pan evenly and smooth with a spatula. Sprinkle remaining walnuts and pecans over the nut mixture, then sprinkle with sea salt. Press down lightly with your hand to "set" the topping.
- Refridgerate for at least an hour, then slice into 10 bars. Keep refridgerated until ready to eat.
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Disclosure: I serve on the health professional board for the California Walnut Board and Commission, however, I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.