Almond Date Breakfast Bars

November 11, 2012 · 7 comments

in breakfast/brunch,dairy-free,healthy


I’m not a cookbook fiend. I own a few, sure, but my collection pales in comparison to most food bloggers and people who cook on a regular basis. It’s weird, because I have enough other books to open a small library, but I’ve never been a big cookbook collector. That said, every once in a while, one comes out that you just can’t wait to get your hot little hands on and for me, it was The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. I preordered that baby early on and was so excited when it arrived. Deb’s blog was the first food blog I followed, some 6+ years ago. I’m still a regular reader and have had a lot of success with the recipes she’s posted.

The first night I got this book, I made my way through the breakfast section and the vegetarian main dish section, and I had already mentally bookmaked at least a dozen things. These almond-date bars went to the top of the list because I adore anything almond flavored and while I have a fruit/nut/oat bar recipe I already really love, I wanted to try something different.

These bars are hearty, tasty, and pretty darn good for you. Unlike a lot of granola bar recipes that have a ton of butter, sugar, or oil, these have no butter, use honey as sweetener, and use heart-healthy olive oil. So you can feel pretty good about eating them.

Zachary had a great time  helping me make these. They’re pretty much a perfect recipe for toddler assistance, because there’s a lot of dumping ingredients together and stirring, which are Zachary’s favorite things to do. Of course, you also have to be prepared for a few missing dates and peeling the orange you’re zesting, so it can be eaten by said toddler.

These come together easily and quickly. Mine crumbled a bit when I went to cut them (partly because I was impatient), but they were much firmer after some time in the fridge, so if you want to make nice squares, I would chill them in the fridge for a bit and cut them cold.

The recipe below is the one in the cookbook, but I did double it and make it in a 9×13 pan. These keep really well, so there’s no reason not to make a double batch!

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Karen K November 11, 2012 at 10:54 pm

I am so glad you posted this. I AM a cookbook addict! =) I did buy this book even though I have been trying to use the library more. You’ve just justified my purchase of this book. Thank you!


Joanne November 12, 2012 at 6:00 am

I am a HUGE cookbook collector…seriously, it’s a problem. I’ve been trying to be better about it, but I couldn’t resist Deb’s cookbook either! I am LOVING it so far…and I can’t wait to make these! Granola bars done right…can’t go wrong there!


Kelsey November 12, 2012 at 9:25 am

I love having things like this around the house–they make the most perfect snacks or breakfasts by themselves or crumbled over yogurt.


Amanda November 12, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Are you going to see Smitten Kitchen Deb at the book signing at Book Cellar on Sunday?
:) I think I will be dork’d out to see her and any other food bloggers I can spot! :)


elly November 13, 2012 at 7:48 am

Amanda, I’m pretty sure I’m going!


Cheese with Noodles November 13, 2012 at 10:33 am

Just came across your blog for the first time, the name drew me in! This is the first recipe here that I’ve peeked at and it looks GREAT. I have recently become very fond of dates and these look so good! Nice to finally see a healthy granola bar (or granola bar-like) recipe, most of them are chock full of sugar and fat. Tasty for sure, but basically a cookie! I will have to try these soon :)


lynn November 24, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Made these today along with the big cluster granola. I, too, didnt wait long enough/or chill them before cutting them and ended up with pieces…sigh. They do taste delicious. I will repurpose them as an apple crisp topping tomorrow. :)


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