Ok so we had this “health night” over at my friend’s house for Relief Society a while back. Since my calling in church these days is to help gather the women for activities, I was helping head this thing up. It was so good, by the way, put on by my friend Heather who has done lots of research about health. My job to help put on this shin-dig was to make the date bars.

What? I’ve never bought a date in my life, let alone used it in recipes.

But I braved it and made those suckers. And do you know what? I LOVE THEM!

Now, I’m not sure they are the best thing in the world for you. I mean, they are slathered in chocolate after all. But dates really are supposed to be quite healthy, and they’re gluten free so that’s a bonus, right? I think they are a pretty delicious treat.

So I want to share the recipe with you. And also me, when I’m out of town and want to whip up these puppies. Beware that they look a little strange. But I think you’ll thank me when you try them!

All you need are these ingredients:

Whoops, I forgot the peanut butter in that pic…but you’ll find it in the recipe.


Here we go, let’s make some date bars!

“Healthy” Date Bars

Course Dessert


  • 1 c. dates, pitted and pressed into pan (see photo)
  • 1/2 c. natural peanut butter (can add collagen peptides or even protein powder if desired)
  • 1/3 c. cornflakes (I LOVE Nature's Path Organic cornflakes)
  • 2 tsp. coconut oil
  • 3/4 c. chocolate chips


  • Arrange some dates on a sheet of parchment paper and press them gently (I used the bottom of a cup to flatten them out)
  • In a bowl, combine peanut butter, melted coconut oil and cornflakes.
  • Spread this mixture over the dates. I know it looks weird.
  • Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave and spread evenly over top. You can use more or less chocolate chips depending on how much chocolate you want.
  • Place your tray in the fridge or freezer until set.
  • Pull them out, break or cut apart, and enjoy!


The original recipe says to put them in the fridge, but I misread and put them in the freezer. I like them cold so I loved this.

Thanks Heather, for the great recipe!

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One Comment

  1. I have seen many versions of this dessert, but haven’t seen this one yet. I bet the cereal gives it a bit of crunch. Yummy!

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