Experience the delight of these Dates and Pecan Snack Bars, a healthy yet indulgent treat. Combining the natural sweetness of Medjool dates with the nutty crunch of pecans, and enhanced with maple syrup, these bars are a nutritious and satisfying snack. A topping of dark chocolate adds a luxurious touch to these wholesome bars.
Why You’ll Love This: These snack bars are not only delicious but also packed with nutrients. They’re perfect for a quick energy boost or as a guilt-free dessert. The combination of dates, pecans, and dark chocolate provides a balance of natural sweetness and rich flavor, making it a hit for all ages.
For the Snack Bars:
- 18 Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 cup roasted pecans
- 2 tablespoons natural maple syrup
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
For the Chocolate Coating:
- 100g dark chocolate
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- Prepare the Mixture: In a food processor, blend the pitted dates, maple syrup, and cocoa powder until well combined. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, add chopped pecans and chocolate chips, and mix slightly. Press the mixture firmly into a pan and freeze for about 1.5 hours.
- Slice the Bars: Remove the mixture from the freezer and cut it into equal-sized bars.
- Chocolate Coating: Melt dark chocolate and coconut oil in the microwave in short bursts, stirring between each burst until smooth. Dip the bars into the chocolate using a fork, allowing excess chocolate to drip off. Place the coated bars on parchment paper. For a lighter chocolate touch, drizzle the chocolate over the bars instead of coating them completely. Optionally, sprinkle some coarse salt on top for added flavor.
- Storage: Store the snack bars in the refrigerator.
Enjoy these Dates and Pecan Snack Bars, a perfect blend of health and indulgence!