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Nature's Candy Bars

Posted Nov 11 2012 7:11pm
Good Afternoon and Happy Sunday!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.  All I can say is, phew.... we survived the 3-Day soccer tournament and we are now done for the season.  Yay!  My daughter, Zoe played on two teams this fall and towards the end it got to be a bit much, so a much needed break is in order : ) 

I also kicked off the The Art of Eating:  How to Stay Sane, Sexy and Slim During the Holidays on Saturday and started The Art of Eating: Eat Your Way to Health and Happiness Workshop at Gem Studio this morning.  Both events went well and I LOVE my job.  I meet so many amazing people and feel truly blessed. Both groups rock and I can already tell we are going to be digging deep these next few weeks.  Thank you!

On another note, I made the absolute BEST "Candy Bars" and highly recommend that you make these too.  I LOVE Dates.  Dates really are nature's candy and I can't seem to get enough of them right now. Medjool Dates are my favorites because they are super sweet, chewy and loaded with vitamins and minerals.  They are also a great source of potassium and contain even more than my beloved banana!

The best part about these bars are that they are Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free and easy to make.  They also only have 6 ingredients.  Have I mentioned how amazing they taste?  Nature's Candy Bars are freaking amazing.  They are dream worthy and a crowd pleaser as well.

Nature's Candy Bars

Base + Crumb Top:
1.5 cups whole raw almonds1.5 cups Gluten-free oats1/2 tsp sea salt10 Medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped1/4 cup coconut oil
Date filling:25 Medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped ( approx. 2.5 cups)1/2 cup water1 tsp vanilla exract
Directions:1. Line a bread pan with parchment paper, leaving extra over the sides for easy removal. In a food processor, process the almond, salt, and oats until a fine crumble forms. Now add in the dates and process until crumbly again. Melt the coconut oil and add to the mixture and process until sticky. Remove from processor,set aside 3/4 cup of the mixture for later, and press the rest of the mixture very firmly and evenly into the pan.2. Grab your pitted and roughly chopped dates and water and process in the food processor until a paste forms. You will have to stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl often. You can add a tiny bit more water if needed, but you want the paste quite thick. Scoop out the date mixture onto the crust and gently spread with the back of a wet spatula until even. 3. Sprinkle on the 3/4 cup of mixture you set aside and gently press down with fingers. Refrigerate in the fridge until firm for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight. Cut into squares and serve. Store in the fridge or freezer.

Base Layer

Date Filling(Yum!)   Crumb Topping

 Nature's Candy Bars

 Happy Veteran's Day.
The kiddos are off of school tomorrow and we have big plans...... to "chill."  Ha!
Have a great rest of your weekend everyone!

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