These apple cinnamon date bars are a wonderful treat for anyone--but especially those of us on healing diets like the Paleo and the GAPS Diet. They are easy to make (no-bake), and nut-free. They are a lot like Lara Bars, but fresher and better tasting. Thanks to my 17 year old daughter for creating this wonderful recipe!
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When we first discovered Lara Bars at our local grocery stores, I was SO HAPPY! They aren't the perfect food while on the GAPS Diet, though they can be a pretty good choice in a pinch.
But then, I learned a few things that sent some rain on my parade.
3 1/2 cups pitted dates
1 1/2 cups coconut flakes
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1-2 apples, fresh or dehydrated
1 cup pitted cherries
Add coconut flakes, dates and cinnamon to cuisinart and blend until throughly mixed. Than, cut the apple into small chunks and add by hand into mixture. You can also use dried apples. Get your baking dish (I used a 8” by 6” glass Tupperware) Smash the mixture until smooth on the top. (It’s really messy doing this by hand, but it’s the quickest way.) Sprinkle some cinnamon on top if desired, and refrigerate until cold.
For Cherry variation:
Skipping the cinnamon, add the dates, coconut and blend until throughly mixed. Then add 1/2 cherries and blend. It won’t blend perfectly, so you’ll have to mash it a bit with your hand. than add 1/2 (or more is you wish) whole cherries and mix by hand. Continue as for Cinnamon Apple Bars...
And that is how to make apple cinnamon date bars!