I tried my hardest to avoid using pumpkin in any recipes until the end of September. But, I couldn’t resist! As I am writing this, I have a healthy apple crisp in the oven, I am sipping on my dairy free hazelnut pumpkin spiced lattee, and there is no denying that: I love fall flavors!
Over the summer while we traveled around Europe, I couldn’t get enough of these “raw” date bars. Everytime I saw them at the store, I grabbed a few, for those moments where we were famished. I would occasionally find myself low energy, needing a quick snack, which is to be expected when you end up walking dozens of miles. Wandering causes hunger, and raw bars were my solution.
I was really pleased with the minimal, clean ingredients in these bars, and how they were made entirely of dates and fruit. I found different variations of them through out Germany and Denmark, and believe that they are comparable to the US version: luna or RX bars. I kept thinking “I must be able to make these. It can’t be that hard!”
Four attempts later, I nailed a recipe that yields a – delicious, nicely spiced and textured (not too sticky), raw pumpkin spice bar. I have so many potential flavor combinations floating around in my head that I can’t wait to turn into bars. 🙂 Apple cinnamon, cranberry walnut, chai spice… the list goes on and on. It’s safe to say you can expect to see lots of raw bars here! 🙂
Naturally sweetened with dates · Paleo and Whole30 compliant · Loaded with collagen
Collagen was added to these bars for two important reasons;
1) My husband ordered an 8 lbs bag of it, and I’m figuring out ways to put it in just about everything I can! We are using this blend by Great Lakes Gelatin. I just started using it daily in my coffee, and can not wait to report back on how it’s working for me. Collagen is commonly referred to in skin care, and less often in food. When hydrolyzed, it’s bio-available (easier for the body to absorb) translucent, flavorless, and can be used as a gelling agent.
2) The collagen not only helps these bars stay formed, it is a the major component of our connective tissues, and so consuming collagen is believed to benefit health. Collagen affects nearly every part of the body that has connective tissue: skin, lungs, muscles, hair, bones, joints, nails (just to name a few…) and our levels naturally decrease as we get older. So, why not boost your intake? 🙂
I hope you take some time this fall to make something new, and enjoy these raw date bars, pumpkin’ 😉