Healthy Cherry Bakewell Date Bars

Cherry Bakewell Date Bars
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Before I write my blurb, you need to know these Cherry Bakewell Date Bars take literally MINUTES to make, have just FOUR ingredients, are TOTALLY DELICIOUS, and have no added sugar or bad stuff.  Scroll down for the recipe, or carry on for my inspiration (also if you’re wondering ‘what the heck is a Cherry Bakewell anyway?’).

 

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Cherry Bakewell Date Bar Inspiration

Being from England and living in America, there’s certain things I miss from the land of my birth.  Thank goodness, my  lovely parents keep me well stocked up with Tetley Teabags for my daily brew (always served with milk, in case you were wondering.)

Growing up, Saturday morning would be when my Dad would pop to the High Street (what might be called ‘downtown’ in America) and come home with some treats from the bakers.

I can’t say there’s anything I don’t like from a bakery, but today I decided to draw on the flavors of the Cherry Bakewell Tart for a guilt-free version of this childhood treat.

If you don’t know what a Cherry Bakewell is, here’s a picture.  Sitting in a pastry crust, with a layer of frangipane, jam, icing, and a cherry on top – it’s a perfect accompaniment to a nice cup of tea.  SOooooo goooood.CherryBakewellDateBars

 

I drew on these flavors and combined them with my love of LaraBars (Nakd Bars in the U.K.)  These bars are date-based and can be enjoyed if you’re craving something sweet but don’t want to go completely off the rails.  Hence, I came up with the guilt-free Cherry Bakewell Date Bar!

 

This recipe has only 4 ingredients, takes just minutes to make, and contains only whole, healthy foods – winner!

You can forego almond extract, but it adds the lovely frangipane scent you get with a Cherry Bakewell.  Your choice.

It can also be surprisingly difficult to find dried cherries without any added sugar – you’ll need to hunt them down in a natural food shop or per usual, good old Amazon can help you out.

Shout out to recipes at Fit Food Fiends and The Big Man’s World for getting me experimenting.

4 Ingredient Cherry Bakewell Date Bars

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Healthy Cherry Bakewell Date Bars
The delicious scent of frangipane and tart cherries make for a perfect combination in this whole food snack. Using just 4 ingredients, you can quickly put together a healthy, sweet treat the whole family can enjoy.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
bars
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
bars
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Whack all the dates into a food processor and blend until a paste forms. You'll know when as it will turn into a ball.
  2. Remove the dates, and throw in almonds and process till roughly chopped. Add in cherries and almond extract, and pulse further.
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  3. Return dates to the food processor and pulse everything together to combine.
  4. Place the mixture into a baking dish lined with parchment paper and press down to form an even layer.
  5. Chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes then slice into 14 bars.
  6. Enjoy!
    Cherry Bakewell Date Bars
Recipe Notes

For storage, separate layers with parchment paper else they will stick together.

These don't NEED to be refrigerated, but I did to keep them firm.  They also freeze well for longer storage.

Try not to eat them all in one go!  (Seriously though, don't - you'll feel ill!)

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Comments (6)

Yes! When I cut out dairy, I stopped eating the Oats n Chocolate Fiber One bars and have been looking for something to replace them. I think this is gonna do it.

Brilliant.

I’m really glad to hear this!!

You can of course switch out almonds for cashews, or use other add-ins like dairy-free choc chips, unsweetened coconut – so many options. Enjoy!!

I went to make these last night to find out that I didn’t have raw almonds in the house. But I always have raw cashews, so I did in fact swap them out. I also used an 8×8 to forming, and cut it into 16 square. When I cut them up this morning, I rolled them in a 2:1 mix of almond flour and ground flax seed to cut the stickiness.

I don’t know what they are supposed to taste like, but they are damned tasty. I think next time I’ll cut down on the almond extract, though.

Oh man, the almond flour/flax seed rolling is genius! I’ll try that next time. The almond extract can definitely be eliminated – it’s a flavor and smell I love but not for everyone. Thanks for letting me know 🙂

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