Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Recipe: Walnut & Date Bars

I bought my son a Walnut and Date Kind bar a few weeks ago and it was delicious, but it was 2 bucks for a 150 calorie bar!  The bar seems to be mostly made up of walnuts and dates, but there were some other random ingredients - I wish I kept the package. 

I decided to try and replicate the bar at home, and they came out really well!

Really tough ingredient list:

- 2/3 cups walnuts
- 12 large dates (about 1 cup)

Step 1: Toast walnuts
Step 2: Pit dates
Step 3: Chop walnuts.  I used the food processor and I chopped them pretty finely.  You could probably keep them in bigger pieces depending on your preference.
Step 4: Chop dates.  I put these in the food processor as well.  I had to pulse these because they jammed up the processor a little.  This turns into almost a paste.
Step 5: Combine date and walnut mixture and kneed together.  Beware - make sure the walnuts have cooled. 
Once combined this is what it should look like:
Step 6: Form into bars and wrap. 
These were delicious.  It made 2 bars and probably another half that I ate strait from the bowl.  I kept the bars in the fridge because they didn't have any preservatives.  The longer they stayed in the fridge the worse they tasted.  But by worse I mean not as super delicious, but still very tasty. 

These are definintely a winner and will probably become a staple snack in our house.  

Check out Jill's So Called Health Life for a kind bar giveaway!

What are your favorite bar flavors?


  1. You are five times the woman I am! So often I've eaten bars like that Kind bar and had the same thought: "I could make this easily for far cheaper"... but somehow by the time I'm in range of a kitchen, I just end up eating chocolate instead... :D

  2. wow what a great idea to keep the wrapper for the ingredients and then make your own - these look great! Maybe you should start selling them for $2 each! :)

  3. Wow, these look sooo good! I def want to try them soon. Dates are on of my favorite foods EVER!!

    Thanks for the giveaway shout out :-)

  4. WOW!!! Good for you! I wouldn't have even thought of making these on my own! I am definitely intrigued!

  5. My favorite bars have dates (always) and some variety of nuts. I really like the date & walnut KIND Bar and the Fruit and Nut Delight. Chocolate things tend to be less "snacky" and more desserty to me so they aren't my favorite. Of the Larabars I have tried I lke the PB&J the most (tough call though, they are all so good)!

  6. My daughter and I enjoy Kind walnut and date bars. I have been trying to
    buy some for a couple of months. Our stores here are not carrying them
    any more. My favorite one is the walnut and date. It would be nice to share
    one with her .I will try your recipe soon Thank you very much.

    for us we are not able