Easy, No Bake Oatmeal Date Nut Bars

Keep that oven off and whip up a healthy snack bar for you family with this recipe of Chocolate Chip No Bake Oatmeal Date Nut Bars.

Easy, No Bake Oatmeal Date Nut Bars by FamilySpice.com

It is been hot and humid in San Diego these past few weeks. And we are just not used to this kind of weather. Since California has been in a dangerous drought, this El Niño wave of moisture is a much needed relief, except we have to “rough it” and grapple with this humidity. Experts say the El Niño is not enough to make a dent in our drought, but it certainly has raised the average Californian’s morale.

Many homes in SoCal do not have air conditioning. Luckily, we do have a/c. But it still doesn’t mean I’m ready to sweat it out in the kitchen. There has been a lot of grilling and outdoor cooking happening over here.

Easy, No Bake Oatmeal Date Nut Bars by FamilySpice.com

These easy-peasy No Bake Oatmeal Date Nut Bars are perfect for these hot days, or frankly any days you don’t feel like working too hard or turning on the oven. Sweet dates are mashed up in the food processor and then mixed with honey, peanut butter, oatmeal, chocolate chips and other high energy fixin’s. A great way to get a jump start on your day or to help you power through those sluggish, even humid, afternoons.

And with school around the corner (insert panic attack!), wouldn’t these bars be a welcome snack for your kiddos to come home to?

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We Persians love our dates. My husband is always calling them nature’s candy. They make these bars not a sugary sweet, like you find in those store-bought bars filled with corn syrup, but with a deeper, fruity sweetness. Dates are high in potassium, magnesium and dietary fiber. They are also a good source of vitamin B-6, copper and manganese.

And the kids don’t have to know that they are healthy!

No Bake Oatmeal Date Nut Bars

Here's an easy no bake snack packed with fiber and protein to get you going through the day. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup old-fashion oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup almond slivers
  • 1/4 cup pistachios, chopped

Directions:

  1. In a food processor with with a sharp blade, blend until a ball is formed:
    • 8 oz dates , pitted
  2. Transfer date ball into a bowl and mix in until thoroughly combined:
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  3. Stir in:
    • 1 cup old-fashion oatmeal
    • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
    • 1/4 cup raisins
    • 1/4 cup almond slivers
    • 1/4 cup pistachios , chopped
  4. Coat a loaf pan with non-stick spray and line with parchment paper. Press oatmeal mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
  5. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.
  6. Cut into even pieces and serve.

Notes:

Serving Suggestions: You can also use walnuts, cashews, dried apricots and green raisins. Instead of peanut butter you can use cashew or almond butter.

Prep Time:

Yield: Serves 8

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3 Responses to Easy, No Bake Oatmeal Date Nut Bars

  1. These bars look so good! Your photography is gorgeous, btw. I love the pot of milk in the background. 🙂

  2. Soureh Sedigh at #

    These bars look so good…

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