My Mom and sister both make date bars, and date balls. I just love how you can add so many different ingredients and they take on that flavor, espresso, cocoa powder..the list goes on, and on. I like to use walnuts with mine, but almonds work just fine. I have also threw pistachios in too! YUM!
I can buy the actual Lara bars for my family and they will plow through them..and that can be pricey! I was lucky in the past and purchased them with coupons and Whole Foods 'buy a case get 10% off deal'..but when that sale was over I wasn't getting the deal that I needed. So let me tell you, the one thing I really am doing right now is pinching pennies and trying to stay in budget. This allows that, and I can still have the taste, and save money. Makes my family happy,and my wallet too!
Simple Date Bars...
1 Cup of dates
1 Cup of walnuts or any other nut
1/2 Cup coconut flakes
1 tsp cinnamon
1 table spoon of real vanilla
When rolling them out I use parchment paper, and roll them to the desired thickness, later cutting them with a sharp edge, and layering them with waxed paper, or parchment. Hey! I reused muffin liners, it's a perfect fit! I bake my muffins and remove them when they are cooled. I can then reuse the expensive liners twice!
I like to store them for about a week in the fridge, they never last that long though! Make them the size you wish, I go for a medium bar.
Choose different variation, add dried cranberries, cherries, or even apple. Omit the vanilla extract and use peppermint with a cocoa powder..very holiday minty themed!