Energize your afternoon with these healthy date nut bars! Full of dates, prunes, walnuts, and craisins – these tasty little bars are as delicious as they are wholesome. They are super easy to make, too.
How to make date nut bars
They are so easy that you really can’t mess them up! Just throw everything in the food processor (or blender) for a few minutes, till they’re ground up fine, and well blended. At first, it will seem like the mixture is too tough. But keep going, and after awhile it will start to break down and pull together. I do recommend a food processor with some power. And just pulse in short bursts – don’t hold steady until near the end.
Pat the mixture in a 9X9 pan, lined with parchment paper. Chill several hours, then cut into small squares. These raw date bars are ready to eat, and can be eaten without being chilled first. But they will be soft and crumbly. If you chill them first, they will be firm and hold together better.
These bars are small, but full of fats and fiber and natural sugar. A little bite is rich and dense and so good! They are perfect for lunchboxes, afternoon pick-me-up, or a healthy party treat!
Date Nut Bars
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup dates
- ½ cup cranberries dried
- ½ cup prunes
- Place all fruit and nuts into food processor.
- Grind till well-blended and beginning to stick together.
- Press into a 9X9 pan, between two sheets of parchment paper.
- Chill till firm, about an hour.
Originally published Jul 22, 2014. Updated October 26, 2020.