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These are some delicious and guilt free snacks for on the go. We called them “everything” bars because you can substitute some of the fillings for whatever you have in your pantry. Walnuts instead of pistachios? Ok. Raw cacao nibs instead of dried cranberries? Ok. Rolled oats instead of puffed quinoa? Ok. You get the point.

Banana Date Everything Squares

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Yield: Approximately 24 squares

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ½ cups pitted dates
  • 3 tablespoons agave syrup
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 banana
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pistachios, shelled and chopped
  • 1 ½ cups puffed quinoa
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup melted coconut butter (not oil) *optional

 

DIRECTIONS

Preheat your oven to 350F. Line an 8x8’ baking dish with parchment paper and set aside. In a food processor or blender combine dates, agave syrup, water, banana and salt until a smooth puree is formed. In a medium sized bowl mix the date/banana puree with pistachios, puffed quinoa, shredded coconut and dried cranberries. Press the mixture evenly into your prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes.

Once cooled, cut into 24 squares. If you are a coconut lover like we are then dip the bottom of each bar in the melted coconut butter, and allow them to harden coconut butter side up. This will achieve a fake yogurt dipped look while also adding a delicious kick of coconut flavour. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.