I wasn't born into a farming family, but I was taught by my parents the importance of farming and that's is so important to support farmers. However I never in my wildest dream would have thought I would be a farmer's wife. Go figure, but I have loved learning all about date farming and have truly enjoyed working harvest the past couple of years, even if it's 120 degrees, and this Oregon girl is NOT used to that kind of heat.
One thing I have always enjoyed is cooking and baking so I have been loving experimenting with different date recipes, so I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite recipes. The first one I thought I'd share is for granola bars, these are my favorite bars. I hope you enjoy them.
No Bake Date Bars
1 cup chopped dates, pitted (preferably Deglet or Medjul)
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter*
1 cup roasted almonds, chopped
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chocolate chips
You can add coconut, dried fruit, whatever you want really
*If you have a peanut allergy you can always use almond butter or sunflower butter
Process dates in a food processor until small bits remain (about 1 minute). It should form a "dough" like consistency.
Place oats, almonds and dates in a bowl - set aside.
Warm honey and peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat. (I usually just use the microwave Just stop every 30 seconds to stir it) Stir and pour over oat mixture and then mix, breaking up the dates to disperse throughout.
Once thoroughly mixed, transfer to an 8x8 dish or other small pan lined with parchment paper so they lift out easily.
Press down until flattened. Let the Bars set in fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes to harden.
Remove bars from pan and chop into bars. Store in an airtight container for up to a few days. You can store them in the fridge or freezer but it isn't necessary.