Because I knew that eating times might be odd and because I know Scott, this meant he would need to take some food along with him.
He was taking a carry on which meant that the food had to be small, easy to carry, and not prone to spoilage. And since I knew that these could very well be a meal source, I knew that they had to be jam packed with good stuff. Stuff that could get you through a couple of hours.
I like using soaked dates in bars and coffee cakes because it adds a nice sweetness without being over powering. Plus they are a great source of fiber and potassium.
Plus I wanted to do something fun so I added an extra little kick to these bars.
Andrea’s Buzzin Bars
- 10, dried and pitted dates
- 1C Coffee + 2TBSP
- 2C Oats
- 1C White Whole Wheat Flour
- 2TBSP Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1/2C All Natural Peanut Butter
- 1/2C Dark Chocolate Chips
- 1TBSP Maple Syrup
- 1/2C Unsweetened Coconut Milk (Not the kind in a can, the kind in the refrigerated section)
- 2tsp Vanilla Extract
In a small to medium sized bowl, add the dates and pour 1C of hot coffee over the dates. Allow to soak for 1/2 hour to an hour. You can use leftover coffee that has been reheated.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease an 8×8 baking dish (either with oil or nonstick spray).
Drain dates and add to a food processor. Pulse just until the dates start to break up. Add in the oats, flour, cocoa powder, and chocolate chips. Pulse again until the oats start to break down and the chips start to break down as well. The chips might not break down as easy, don’t worry about this.
In a medium sized mixing bowl, add in the coconut milk, 2TBSP of coffee, the peanut butter, maple syrup, and the vanilla extract. Whisk until the PB is well incorporated into the mix. Add this mixture to the date mixture, and pulse until well combined.
This will be an extremely thick batter. It will not be a pourable batter and you may have to remove it from the processor and mix with your hands a few times. Put this mixture into the baking dish, you’ll have to press it into place. Again, remember this is a really thick batter.
Place in oven and bake for about 10 -15 minutes. Just till the top starts to get a little browned. It doesn’t take long at all for these bars to set.
Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 15 minutes before cutting. Cut into squares and serve immediately. Or allow to cool longer once cut, place in a storage container and keep in fridge until you’re ready to eat one. I suggest heating it up slightly before eating.
These also freeze very well.
These smell exactly like a no bake cookie. The peanut butter comes out as a very strong smell and flavor in these bars. The coffee is just enough to enhance the chocolate and not dominate the flavor in any way.
The bars are very dense because they are so jam packed with goodness. Fiber from the oats and dates, protein from the peanut butter, and a little fun from the chocolate.
If you don’t have coffee or don’t want to use coffee, you can soak the dates in hot water. Use 2 TBSP of coconut milk in place of the 2 TBSP of coffee in the bar batter.
Great as a breakfast or a snack.
Bonus, you don’t even have to cook these! You can roll them into little ball shapes and serve them up as a twist on a truffle. Yes there is flour in here but there is no “uncooked flour” taste when you eat these bars raw. All you get is a straight forward chocolate and peanut butter combo.
I did give all of these to Scott to take on his trip. That much chocolate and PB needs to stay close to home as well. I had some for breakfast and they are chocolatey delish!
Do you make bars at home? They are perfect for snacks on the go!
Have fun guys, and remember, always play with your food! Enjoy!