Do you sometimes come back from a workout or maybe from a hectic day at work and want to immediately snack on something filling?
Well, how about snack on something filling, super healthy and of course delicious as well? These date bars filled with nuts are one of the best and most energizing snacks you can have.
This article has the perfect, simple recipe for you! Check it out below!
Benefits of consuming dates:
Dates are high in calories and rich in carbohydrates. They also contain essential vitamins and minerals like potassium (reducing the risk of stroke), iron (to keep hemoglobin in check), magnesium etc. Being rich in fibre it can benefit one’s digestive health by preventing constipation, as they are laxative in nature. This is because the fibre in dates helps to improve and form the stool and increase bowel movements.
Dates contain high content of vitamin C and vitamin D. These vitamins are beneficial to the skin as they help keep the skin nourished and promote a healthy glow. Dates are rich in iron and can promote hair health and reduce hair fall, because the iron in dates can help ensure proper blood flow to the scalp and provide nourishment to the hair.
Dates are rich in micronutrients like selenium, manganese, magnesium and copper which can help protect and promote bone health and also are effective in treating conditions like osteoporosis.
Why should you add nuts to these bars?
Adding nuts to these date bars are not only for that yummy crunch and enhanced taste, but also because they are very beneficial to one’s health.
Nuts are healthy as they are rich in antioxidants and can keep the body away from diseases.They are also nutrient-dense and can give the body immediate energy and can also satiate one’s hunger.
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How to make these date and nut bars at home?
Step 1: Into a container of hot water, soak the dates for 15 minutes until they soften. Make sure that all the dates are well submerged in the water.
Step 2: After 15 minutes, drain out the water from the dates and de-seed them before setting them aside.
Step 3: Into a heated pan, on low heat, roast some mixed nuts of your choice for a few minutes. Thereafter, remove from the heat and set aside until cool.
Nuts you could use: Cashewnuts, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, etc.
Step 4: Into a heated pan, add in the dates and mash the dates with the ladle until soft. Keep mixing until the dates form a thick paste and begin to leave the sides of the pan.
Step 5: Chop up the mixed nuts and add it into the date paste. Mix well and turn off the heat.
Step 6: Pour this date and nut mixture into a non-stick container (or any tray lined with a baking sheet for easy removal) and let it cool in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours. You can also roll them into small balls.
Thereafter, you can demould the date and nut slab, cut them into bars and it is ready to consume!