One of my first ever posts on this blog was a review of Nākd bars by Natural Balance Foods. Since then, I have mentioned them in just a few posts here and there (and here… and there). You could probably say that I love them. You may even say that I’m obsessed. They are my favourite work snack and since my review on them back in 2012, the range has exploded with tonnes of new flavours and products.
However, given that these little bars are not exactly the cheapest snack around and that they usually only contain between 3-5 ingredients, I decided to try my hand at making some myself. They don’t make the prettiest treats but they are pretty damn tasty!
Raw Vegan Date Bars
Makes 8 bars
1 cup dates, de-seeded and roughly chopped
1 cup pecans, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
1. Place all in ingredients in food processor (or powerful blender) and pulse until evenly mixed and mixture starts to stick together.
2. Remove mixture from food processor and firmly press into small rectangular tin or dish to about 3cm thick. Place in fridge overnight to set.
3. Remove from fridge and use a spatula to lift slab onto chopping board. Cut widthways into 3cm strips.
The date bars were a great success! They were soft and chewy and sweet and filling. And yes, they did taste like the Nākd Pecan Pie bar. (Or “better!” according to my resident taste tester.)
These date bars are so versatile. So versatile, in fact, that they don’t even have to be bars! You could chop them up into little bit-sized pieces, or roll them into little balls of energy, perhaps covered with coconut shreds. You could make the bars with any kind of nuts, or if you’re allergic to nuts, you could use just seeds or dried fruit with the dates instead. I added sunflower seeds to my bars just for a bit of extra texture and goodness and was happy with the result.
I am planning to buy dates a whole lot more often now and experiment with different flavour combinations. But I’m pretty sure that my obsession won’t die that easily and I’ll still be making a beeline for the Nākd stand and Vegfest this year…