Living in the city during the Information Age has its contradictions. After a week of traffic and smog, I yearn for fresh air. After surfing the web, checking in on social media and catching up on email, I yearn to unplug. Maybe it’s this lifestyle that makes me appreciate those rare moments when I return to a simpler way of being: I take a long walk, I read a book, I eat a single piece of fruit.
Here’s a recipe that takes hardly any time at all, and contains only 2 ingredients. It’s natural, healthy and perhaps most importantly, uncomplicated.
You will need:
- 10 medjool dates
- 1 cups of nuts of your choice (I used a mixture of cashews, pistachios and almonds)
First, place the nuts in a food processor and pulse about 5 times. This will reduce half the nuts to a fine powder while leaving the other half chunky.
Pour the nuts into a large bowl. Then add the dates to your food processor. Pulse until they form a ball that pulls away from the sides like a dough. Place this date dough in the bowl with the nuts and mix thoroughly with your hands.
Next, flatten the mixture on a piece of parchment paper and place another piece of parchment paper on top. With a rolling pin, roll the mixture into a rectangle shape. (The parchment paper will prevent the bars from sticking to your rolling pin.)
Fold the ends of the parchment paper over the flattened bar and refrigerate for about an hour. This will stiffen the bar and make it easier to cut.
Remove the bar from the fridge and cut into bars or squares. I individually wrapped mine in parchment paper to make it easier to eat without getting my fingers sticky. This also makes it easy to throw into a purse, backpack or gym bag.
It’s unfussy, simple and wholesome. And of course, delicious.