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Coconut-Date Bars

Coconut-date bars are a good source of fiber (each has as much as a serving of bran cereal) and potassium.

  • servings: 8

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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 pound very soft dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, toasted and finely chopped

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Sprinkle 2 tablespoons coconut over the bottom of an 8-inch square baking dish. Firmly press dates into coconut, covering bottom of dish. Sprinkle with remaining tablespoon coconut and the walnuts, gently pressing into dates. Cut into 2-inch squares. Bars can be stored in an airtight container 2 to 3 days.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, September 2005

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Reviews (10)

  • Melissa Stolasz 23 Aug, 2013

    YUM!!!! Made this tonight with my kids ages 7 and 9. They got all into helping me chop nuts and squish dates. Chopped the dates (medjool) by hand and then squished them with a potato masher and a bit of water. Swapped the walnuts for pecans. Kids were so impressed that a dessert with 3 ingredients that grow from the ground and no added sugar could be so yummy! Great lesson in real food... thanks!

  • ceilidhsmith 19 Aug, 2013

    I could not, for the life of me, get these to stick together! I tried pressing with my body weight, beating with a meat mallet and even taking them out of the pan and rolling them with a rolling pin on parchment paper. The dates I used were as soft as any date I've ever eaten. I'm not sure what went wrong and I'm sure this recipe would taste lovely if I could get everything to stick together, but it was definitely a no-go in my books :/

  • Quizeen 10 Mar, 2013

    Use medjool dates not deglet noors for this recipe. Also, place chopped walnuts and pitted dates in a food processor and pulse chop to get the desired consistency. Stop pulsing every few times, and pinch some of the mixture to see if it holds together. Once it does, proceed with the rest of the recipe.

  • Kat_375 20 Jan, 2011

    Super! Thanks for the tip - I'll look for those. I love the flavors - I'm not ready to give up on this recipe!

  • Ania123 17 Jan, 2011

    OK, so I bought pitted "pressed" dates and that did the trick! I found a package at my local produce shop. Very sweet, very delicious and very stuck together already. All I had to do was use a wet metal spoon to sort of unroll the mass of dates and press it down to a rectangular shape. The coconuts and walnuts stuck to it, no problem and I could cut them into squares. It looks just like the picture. Yum! Best snack ever.

  • Kat_375 17 Jan, 2011

    I agree. I'm having a hard time getting them to stick. I tried coarsely chopping the dates to create more sticky surface area, I even tried using my own body weight to mash them down into the pan... all I get is a mess. The nuts don't stick in, most of the coconut stays in, but regardless, when I take them out of the pan they fall apart. Is there a way to make really soft dates even softer??

  • Ania123 13 Jan, 2011

    Is there a trick to mashing the dates together? I bought delicious soft organic dates and they do not stick together. I ended up just tossing the ingredients together but it's harder to eat it that way.

  • Justine2008 1 Nov, 2008

    Yes.. Yes, you should be able to find your favorites- pitted or not.
    They should definitely be soft enough for this recipe, every pack of dates I have brought at the supermarket has been soft enough.

    Or you could try your local Organic grocery store/ shop? I personally like organic ingredients better, they're just more expensive by a couple of dollars but better quality- without chemicals, colourings, emulsifiers, flavourings, preservatives etc..!

    Good Luck! =D

  • Justine2008 1 Nov, 2008

    Yes.. Yes, you should be able to find your favorites- pitted or not.
    They should definitely be soft enough for this recipe, every pack of dates I have brought at the supermarket has been soft enough.

    Or you could try your local Organic grocery store/ shop? I personally like organic ingredients better, they're just more expensive by a couple of dollars but better quality- without chemicals, colourings, emulsifiers, flavourings, preservatives etc..!

    Good Luck! =D

  • angiecita 31 May, 2008

    Are the pitted dates usually found in a plastic container at a grocery store soft enough for this recipe?