Date Bars | Healthy Snack Idea

These date bars are made using raw ingredients and are perfect for when you are craving something sweet but want it to be healthy as well.

A small little part of me is not feeling the blog love this month. It is the part that issued a challenge with prizes that has been totally ignored that has made me feel just a little bit sad this month. I seem to not be succeeding with some ventures I am trying, and I am feeling slightly underwhelmed by everything. I know this sounds like a pity party but I am not that type of person. I really do try to find something positive in all the things that happen on a day to basis, even when they are VERY bad. I even have a daily gratitude to remind me I have so many things to be grateful for. And today, I am going to have to concentrate on that a lot. Last night while we were at the Harvest Dinner at Vergenoegd the charm bracelet Dave gave me, with a charm for each year we have been married came off my arm! I am very tearful this morning about losing something so precious to me. So, here is a whole post dedicated to some of the things I am grateful for.

I am grateful for:

  • a loving husband who cares about me all the time
  • a roof over my head, a bed to sleep in and food to eat and share
  • a car so that I can get to work and back
  • a job that allows me to employ other people
  • friends who love me and phone just at the right time
  • blog friends who leave me amazing comments
  • family who count every moment

Actually, I could go on and on – but I won’t. I will share one more thing I am grateful for. I have a friend who has been a part of my life for 30 years! She lives on the other side of the world and we stay in touch via email and phone. She has been a constant in my life, and we have been through a lot together. When she heard I was going to make a raw dessert she sent me an email straight away with a recipe. I am grateful to her for that, as I can share it with all of you. These date bars are fantastic and make a really healthy alternative snack. Now, I only wish I had bought them to work as I am starving!

Date Bars
Date Bars

This was originally published on the 23rd of March 2012 – in the uploading of my old blog to my new one, this post did not transfer properly and I lost the post as well as the 37 comments. 

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Date Bars

Recipe Category: Snacks
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 130 g raw almonds
  • 75 g raw cashews
  • 250 g dried dates, pitted
  • 65 g desiccated coconut
  • 25 g cocoa powder
  • 1.25 mls flaked salt
  • 15 g raw honey
  • 90 mls coconut oil


  • Grease and line a square biscuit tin with baking paper
  • Add the nuts to a food processor and chop for 8 seconds
  • Set aside
  • Add the dates, coconut, cocoa, salt and honey and chop for 30 seconds
  • Return the nuts to the bowl, add the coconut oil and mix for 20 seconds or until mixture has a shiny appearance
  • Empty the mixture into the prepared tin and press down with the back of a spoon to create a flat surface
  • Using a knife, mark lines one way and then the other, to create squares
  • Refrigerate until solid
  • When solid remove from the tin and break into squares


Store refrigerated and as Kim says “Absolutely Delicious!”

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23 thoughts on “Date Bars | Healthy Snack Idea

  1. I’m so sad for you that you never found our charm bracelet. Daily gratitudes are always a good thing.;) Those date bars look and sound absolutely delicious. Sending you some love and hugs. Have a super weekend.

  2. These date bars sound great! I’ll have to give them a try. Daily gratitudes are such a good idea. I’m not sure why, but it is so easy for me to forget the amazing blessings in my life and only focus on what may be difficult or disappointing. I find it so humbling when I stop to remember how many reasons I have to feel truly blessed!

    1. I hope that all in all you have had a super time! Next time you visit here let me know – it would be lovely to meet you 🙂

  3. Dear Tandy, you have approached the blues the right way – by visiting gratitudes. If it makes you feel better, I actually lost readers when I did a challenge with prizes and decided not to do that again. And if it makes you feel even better, we are going to make your date bars today to share with friends.

  4. Don’t give up, things sometimes take forever to take off 🙂 so sorry you lost your bracelet, holding thumbs it will be found 🙂

  5. Sorry to hear about your lost charm bracelet, I can imagine how special that would be to you. But I admire your positivity, and for picking yourself up.
    I love date bars, and I love the idea of not cooking too!

    1. In summer these are a pleasure to have around and make – I will see if I have a pickled beetroot recipe for you when I get home 🙂

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