In the last few years, food companies have been attempting to make many diet products marketable by recreating tempting treats into a low-fat or low-calorie option. Everything from 100-calorie pack cookies to fat free brownies are highly stocked on the super market shelves and many consumers are buying into the gimmick of “healthy desserts.”
To be honest, I’m not really sure what makes these processed confections “healthy.” Sure, they may be lower fat in comparison to the real thing, but the ingredients are also being substituted with highly artificial sweeteners that don’t do any favors for one trying to keep their overall health in mind.
I believe in a balanced diet and yes that does include a sweet every now and then. A great option to feed that sugary craving is to look at natural raw sweeteners. Surprisingly, there are some foods such as bananas and dates that are full of natural sugars and are strong enough on their own to use in most desserts.
The act of blending a few dates into a creamy luscious filling is not only simple, it’s brilliant and makes for a pretty outstanding inside in these 5 ingredient coconut oat date bars. They are gluten-free, raw and vegan and the taste it out of this world.
With just 5 simple ingredients and a food processor, you can have these bars ready in less than 10 minutes. They never last long so it might be in your best interest to make a double batch!
Gluten-Free Coconut Almond Date Bars
Ingredients (makes 16 bars)
- 1 1/2 Shiloh Farms almond flour
- 1 1/2 cups oats
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2/3 cup Shiloh Farms organic dates, pitted
- 1/4 cup water
- In a food processor, make crust by combining almond flour, oats, salt and coconut oil.
- Pulse until mixture is crumbly.
- Remove from blender and press into a greased 8×8 baking dish. Reserve 1/2 cup of crust for topping.
- In a blender or food processor, blend dates with water until thick paste forms.
- Press the date mixture on top of the crust and evenly spread.
- Add the remaining 1/2 cup of topping.
- Place in the refrigerator to set. About 2-3 hours.
- Cut into squares and store in fridge or freezer.
Find more of Lauren’s yummy recipes at her blog: www.saywhatyouneedtosayblog.com