Basically it’s a raw snack bar with a base ingredient of dates. That sounds awfully earnest and hessian but they’re actually very lovely. Obviously they don’t hit all the buttons that Cadbury’s Dairy Milk does but it’s still a tasty and guilt-free treat! (I’ll have two).
They’re not terribly cheap, so as they only have a handful of ingredients I trawled the internet for a recipe and I made some myself. Get me!
As well as the items below you will need a very robust food mixer. Seriously, it needs to be the Steven Seagal of food mixers (and don’t even think about trying this by hand, you’ll go bananas).
Ingredients (makes about 16):
- 500g soft pitted dates
- 140g whole almonds
- 70g cashews
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1½ teaspoons lemon oil extract
Plonk everything into a food processor and mix. This will take quite a while so give your mixer a breather every 30 seconds or so to make sure you don’t start a house fire. It will look like nothing’s changing for ages (see below) but it will get there eventually – promise!
Take your nutty mixture and press into an 8 inch brownie tin lined with baking parchment. No cooking required, simply cover and pop in the fridge for 3-4 hours.
Once cooled and firm you can chop them into bars, wrap in some more baking parchment (I used the stuff I’d lined the baking tins with) and you’re done!
I keep them in the fridge – they’ll probably last a couple of weeks (I’ve normally eaten them before then though).