Did you know that studies have shown that eating dates make for a faster, easier, lower-intervention labor? Sounds crazy, right? Well, it could be. But I have known too many people who have seen success from the “date diet” four weeks before their labor. Only problem is, to be effective, you’re encouraged to eat six dates a day. You don’t realize how much that is until you try it. Enter my Kitchen Sink Date Energy Bars. A way to get a few in a day, while also consuming healthy proteins and maybe even a superfood or two. Best part is, the recipe is super lax. It’s intended to be customized to your taste and/or lack of having the exact ingredients. Because…life.
Recipe Author: Stacey Hutson/Healthy Stacey
Paleo + Gluten Free + Vegan + Raw
USWM Shopping List: Medjool Dates, Almonds, Walnuts, Brazil Nuts
- 1 cup of nuts (i.e. almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, pistachios)
- 1 cup of seeds (i.e. pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc)
- 1 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut
- 2 cups of Medjool dates, pitted
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon of your favorite spices mixed together (e.g. cinnamon, turmeric, cayenne, etc)
Optional: superfood toppings to roll the balls in such as cacao nibs, goji berries, or more shredded coconut
Directions For Kitchen Sink Date Energy Bars
- Process the nuts, seeds and coconut in the food processor
- Add in the dates, coconut oil, salt and seasonings, then pulverize again
- Roll mixture into balls or flatten into a pan
- Freeze for an hour
- Cut into squares if flattened into a pan
See Stacey’s complete Date Energy Bars Recipe post on her blog!
Stacey Hutson is the creative energy behind HealthyStacey.com and USWM Featured Chef for December 2017. Stacey is a food writer, personal chef, and wellness coach with a passionate love for making healthy, nourishing foods. You’ll find a wide variety of flavors and textures in her food creations.