Dating Tips

Thanks to the local Produce On Wheels my grandmother walked away with nearly 10 lbs of Dates. Dates are a perfect natural sweeter and can be made into jams, pastes, crusts, puddings, and used as topping. The list goes on and the possibilities for adding something sweet and nutritious to a dish are endless. Needless to say I score a couple pounds of dates.

Keep reading for the few ways I turn this strange looking fruit into some yummy treats. I suggest you look in to Produce On Wheels in your area, it might be called something else. For just $10 you can walk away with up to 60 lbs of fresh produce that might other wise go to waste.

Peanut Butter (Dark) Chocolate Bar

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Ingredients:

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  • 1 cup almonds
  • 12-15 pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup Dark Chocolate Chips ( separated: 1/4 cup mixed in and 3/4 cups melted for the top)
  • Pink Himalayan Salt to be sprinkled on top

Directions:

  1. Roughly chop dates in food processor
  2. Add the cup of almonds, peanut butter and the 1/4 cup of dark chocolate chips
  3. Blend until the mixtures turns into a thick paste
  4. Place onto wax paper/plastic wrap and flatten to desired thickness
  5. Microwave the rest of the chocolate chips until melted but still somewhat thick (like a Nutella consistency)
  6. Spread chocolate over the date mixture, sprinkle with Himalayan Salt and chill in the refrigerator for about 30 mins
  7. Once the chocolate is solid place on a flat surface, peel off plastic wrap and cut into desired size bars 
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Dried Fruit + Date Bars

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Ingredients:

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This is a very hearty bar (FYI) lots if fiber!! and you can use any combination of dried fruit. In this recipe I used dried cranberries and blueberries

  • 12-15 pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup of dried blueberries
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup of cashews

 

Directions:

  1. Roughly chop dated in food processor
  2. Add all ingredients. Mixing between adding
  3. Once mixture turns into a thick past (this recipe needed more mixing) place onto wax paper or plastic wrap
  4. flatten to desired thickness
  5. Place in refrigerator to chill until firm (about 30 min)
  6. Once firm place on flat surface and cut into bars.
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