I have seen Date Dars pop up in my Pinterest feed for years now, but I never owned a food processor or blender powerful enough to make them. Until now! I was gifted a VitaMix blender for Christmas (thank-you to my amazingly wonderful husband), and I have been testing it's power, making things like peanut butter, sauces and smoothies - and most recently: Date Bars!
These bars were surprisingly easy to make, and a great treat to keep on hand for when my sweet tooth starts sending out it's requests for chocolate...Which happens often, because chocolate is delicious. I ate way too many bars the night I made these, and resolved to ration my date bars to one a day. Keep these bars wrapped up in a sealed container in the fridge, and they should stay fresh for at least a week - the real trouble will be keeping them uneaten for that long!
Here is my recipe for Chocolate Quinoa Date Bars:
3 Cups Pitted Dates
3/4 Cup Water
1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
1 3/4 Cups Quinoa (optional: toast it in a pan ahead of time to bring out more nutty flavour).
1 1/2 Cups Dark Chocolate Chips
In a food processor, blend together dates and water, until almost smooth (a few small pieces of dates are okay).
In a large mixing bowl, mix together the dates, cocoa powder and quinoa.
Melt 1 Cup of chocolate chips in a small bowl, and then stir into the mixture of dates and quinoa.
Press the batter into an 8" parchment lined, or silicone pan.
Refrigerate overnight, or freeze for 1 hour.
Melt 1/2 Cup chocolate chips, and spread or drizzle over the date bars.
Refrigerate for 1 hour to let chocolate cool.
Remove the bars from the pan, and cut into squares.