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Friday, August 17, 2012

date nut bars

date nut bars

it is late afternoon, the heat is still mercilessly oppressive, the very air sits stubborn on our arms and legs. i am listening to the inconsistent shuffle of my run, each foot going in front of the other, sometimes with determination but usually with reluctance. i can feel the tension behind my neck, connected to my shoulder blades and eventually going down to my back where i hold most of my stress.

there is no horizon to look toward, instead, i keep my eyes averted to the short distance in front of me. it should be about the journey but all i can think about is the final destination: the finish line. i breathe with my lips parted, i am not winded but my legs - no, my entire body is tired. i question for the millionth time why i am even running when i abhor it so.

it's because i am neither getting any younger or healthier, that a lifestyle of eating good food without consequence is not feasible. a gym membership, one where they withdraw precious money out of my account, isn't enough to entice me to work out. i am still waiting for the runner's high -- the "glow", but i am resigned that the only satisfaction i will get from all this is actually finishing. and well. this. these. these treats. they are, i would have to say with all the smugness and confidence of 1.5 year runner, are the best tasting healthy treats i have ever made or consumed. even more than the cashew cream pie.

they are packed with fiber, low in sodium & calories, along with the crunch of raw almonds, pecans and tickle of raw coconut flakes. like i said, the best. as inspired by savory simple and food loves writing.

date nut bars - recipe

note: LĂ„RABARS® (which were also an inspiration to this) have a more dates to nuts ratio which make for a much sweeter and stickier product. personally, i think dates can be too sweet, that's why i added the amount of nuts and coconut flakes that i did, to cut down on the sweetness. as a result, the bars weren't very sticky. combinations, ratios and spices are entirely up to you. i'd love to add chocolate and other kinds of nuts, or use up whatever random stuff i have in the pantry. these not only are ideal to meet sugar cravings, but also to consume after a race, or in my case usually, during a race.

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    1. as well as a simple dessert, in general... :)

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  2. Yum. OK, can I just say that I am now obsessed with throwing new combinations of nuts, dried fruit and coconut (give or take one of those) into the Vitamix and seeing what happens? The other day, it was LARA-bar-esque balls. Then, a kind of Nutella. Now, these bars have me wanting to try again! So fun.

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    1. thankfully they're so good for you, as well as incredibly easy to put together.

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  3. I started running about a year ago and I'm still wondering when it will morph into something I look forward to doing (instead of something that makes me wish I had an all-day dentist appointment).

    Maybe a plateful of these gorgeous nubby date nut bars would help!? #Incentive. ;)

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    1. it's never something that i look fwd to but when i am in the thick of training, if i miss a day, i feel off. i'm wanting this to be a habit, whether it's one that i love or hate, it doesn't matter, as long as i continue to do it.

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  4. Nothing better than healthy homemade treats so your recipe for these bars or balls is one i must make. Pleasant descriptions and pics… Happy Friday :-)

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  5. Nice! I need this kind of healthy treat, especially I started to walk for about 1 hr everyday... I don't want to feel guilty eating some high calorie snack. And almonds, pecan, coconut, and dates are my favorite too! :)

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    1. it helps that you already enjoy all these ingredients, it was touch/go for me with dates but with combined with everything, it's a wonderful treat.

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  6. Fantastic idea! I have to try this recipe because I love it!

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    1. alina, welcome! thank you for your visit, please do let me know how these turn out for you.

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  7. I love healthy homemade treats! It's always nice to know exactly what goes into our food. Great recipe & great job on your running!

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  8. love this! i love having healthy snacks around, definitely making this soon!

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  9. I have a day-long meeting to go to next week with likely limited food options for me, so these lovelies will be coming along with me on that day. Thanks Lan!

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    1. oooh, i hate those kinds of meetings! these are very addictive but at least healthy, enjoy!

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  10. Lan, it sounds like you and I are such similar runners! I still think that "runner's high" thing is a myth..... And I admit I do it mostly so I can keep eating ;) I am finding some other things I like to do for exercise, which is helping. I'm not a very good runner! :( These sound great! I didn't know you could make such a healthful/nutritious portable snack so easily!

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  11. Such a healthy treat, especially when looking for a quick energy boost.

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