There are many vegan brownies, gluten free cakes, no sugar desserts making the rounds these days. I never fancied any of those, but I tried my hand at making something quick and easy that works as a dessert or even breakfast bar. There’s no ‘added’ sugar, no flour and no baking. But it does have a lot of flavour, deliciousness and crunch! Dates act as a sweetener and also as a binding agent. They make these bars really chewy and tasty. You may chose to omit the chocolate but then again, you’ll be the person who chose to omit chocolate. You don’t want that kind of reputation now, do you? Just kidding. Please alter the recipe as you want. Don’t mind the pictures, I was only trying this out and didn’t think they’d turn out SO good! Here you go, my crunchy chocolate and date bars.
Muesli – 1 cup
Dates – 3/4 cup (seeds out)
Nuts – handful of walnuts crushed (use any other nut of your choice)
Chocolate – 1 cup melted
Olive oil or butter – 1 tbsp
Square pan to let the bars set in
Melt the chocolate with the butter/olive oil in a microwave or by a double boiler method (where you put the chocolate in a heat proof bowl and place it over a pot of simmering water). Ideally for 30 – 40 seconds. Check every 20 seconds, else the chocolate might burn.
In a processor/blender pulse the dates. It won’t turn into a paste. It will only bring it together and form a ball of sorts. This is enough.
In a mixing bowl, add the muesli, nuts and the dates. Mix it by hand as if you were kneading dough. When it seems all mixed, add the melted chocolate and mix it till it’s incorporated.
Now tip this on to a square tin or box and press it down evenly.
Refrigerate for 30 mins to an hour so it sets.
Cut up in bars and serve.
I don’t know how long this can last. Ideally if kept in the fridge I’d say 3-4 days easily.