To think these Chocolate Cherry Pecan Date Bars are good for you may seem crazy, but it’s true. These simply put, hands down, are my new favorite indulgence. They are incredible in richness, flavor and texture. They fill the sweet tooth need and the intense chocolate cherry flavor is amazing.
I never was one to think I would be so conscious of what I was eating and putting into my body, but these days after all the effort of working out and losing weight I know what it takes to take it off. It’s hard work people, and the older I get, the harder it is. So I pick and choose what I indulge in these days.
Dates and prunes to me were for old people, but these date recipes I have been tinkering with are pretty damn good. It allows for a fantastic texture and sweetness while giving you fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium and three vitamins, A, B and K to boot! The chocolate comes from cocoa powder and when combined with the dried cherries, it’s one sweet combination.
First, let’s line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper and set aside.
You can either buy the almond flour, or as it’s also known as almond meal, at your local market or make it yourself. It’s really easy. Place the almonds in the food processor and whirl away! When it’s the consistency of cornmeal stop and set aside. I use it often instead of flour in many dessert recipes like in my Almond Tahini Cookies with Cinnamon Icing.
Next, in a sauté pan toast the pecans until fragrant, several minutes. Don’t burn them, it’s easy, and remove from the heat and add to food processor. Pulse until pecans are roughly chopped and set aside.
Add the pitted dates, cocoa, almond flour, and vanilla bean to the food processor bowl. I throw the entire bean in, seeds and all. Pulse several times to roughly combine.
Coconut oil out of the container it’s in, and depending on the heat, will be a thick, milky white color and has the consistency of glue. I heat it for 15-20 seconds in the microwave, allow to cool and then use. It will be clear in color.
September 2nd, 2014
To think these Chocolate Cherry Pecan Date Bars are good for you may seem crazy, but it's true. These simply put, hands down, are my new favorite indulgence. They are incredible in richness, flavor and texture. They fill the sweet tooth need and the intense chocolate cherry flavor is amazing. I never was one to think... Read More
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