appetizers and snacks, energy bites/granola bars

Gingerbread Bars

Gingerbread Bars - raw, vegan and gluten free. Made with dates, nuts and a dash of ginger for a simple, sweet treat.
Gingerbread Bars… my new staple.

For the past few months, I’ve been living off of “bars.”

My husband and I are in the final stages of building a home. We’re doing all of the finish work ourselves, so we’ve spent some loooong days tiling, cutting wood work, painting, installing cabinets, etc., etc. It’s been a crazy process, and we’re SO excited to (hopefully) be in before Christmas.

Gingerbread Bars - raw, vegan and gluten free. Made with dates, nuts and a dash of ginger for a simple, sweet treat.
Obviously, I don’t have too much time these days to prepare delicious meals, so most days I end up downing multiple granola/protein/fruit and nut bars. My go-to bars are RX bars, Epic Bars, GoMacro Bars and Larabars.

When I discovered that Larabar had a “gingerbread” flavor for the holiday season, I was beyond excited to give it a try. Like I barely made it to the check-out counter before ripping that bad-boy open and giving it a good bite.

It. Was. Amazing.

My normal reaction in a situation like this is to instantly start planning how I’m going to make my own homemade version. Because…I have soooo much time right now to be making homemade larabars. #homebuilderlife.

But I made some time to do it, because….you guys need these in your life. Also they take 10 minutes tops to make, so not sure what I’m whining about…

Gingerbread Bars - raw, vegan and gluten free. Made with dates, nuts and a dash of ginger for a simple, sweet treat.
And don’t worry, I’ve already had three today. SOS things are getting out of hand with the bar life over here…

I’ll see you in three weeks once we get our carpet installed and I’m a semi-sane human again.

Gingerbread Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 10 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted *see notes!
  • 1/2 cup raisons
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice
  • 3 Tbsp. warm water
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Combine everything in a food processor and pulse until completely mixed.
  2. Place a sheet of wax paper in a 9X9 baking dish (or smaller if you want them thicker).
  3. Press dough onto wax paper until even.
  4. Place in freezer for 1-2 hours to harden and cut into pieces.
  5. Wrap individually in plastic wrap and store in fridge or freezer.

Notes

*If your dates aren't super fresh, they will be a little hard. I've found that covering them with water and mircowaving for 40 seconds helps to soften them up! This will also make them stickier, which helps the bars stay together.

http://www.kiwiandcarrot.com/gingerbread-bars/

You a big fan of gingerbread? Try our Gingerbread Cake!

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