We all need a treat once in a while, right? These orange date bars are delicious, last a long time in the fridge and everybody likes them … okay, if you like orange, coconut, dates and cranberries you like them.
I am always searching for new and yummy treats that don’t have refined sugars and being short on creative ideas today I morphed my coconut date squares into orange date bars.
Those of us on the autoimmune protocol are supposed to limit our fructose consumption to between 10-20g per day. See this article on fructose consumption on The Healing Gourmet. The fructose content of each one of these bars, from dates and dried juice sweetened cranberries and orange juice is about 10g. It is wise to limit yourself to the odd bar every few days but I don’t always heed my own advice.
Did I mention that these are no-bake? I just realized that there are quite a few no-bake treats on my site … not cooking something doesn’t mean that my kitchen is any less messy though. My husband despairs of the messiness of the kitchen but doesn’t complain when the food is tasty.
When you have a look at the recipe you can see that I’ve added 1/4 cup coconut flour. This isn’t really necessary … it is self-preservation. I am drowning in the stuff. After I make my own coconut milk, I dry the pulp and make coconut flour. I have soooo much coconut flour I don’t know what to do with it all. Ideas, anyone?
Food to Heal Ourselves
Serves one bar
Quick and easy no-bake dessert bars.
20 minPrep Time
20 minTotal Time
3 cups desiccated coconut (I use fine)
1/4 cup coconut flour (optional)
2 cups medjool dates (pitted)
1 cup juice sweetened dried cranberries (or currants or raisins)
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
zest from one orange
pinch of salt
Put pitted dates into a bowl and cover with hot water. Drain when softened (5 minutes or so).
Add desiccated coconut, coconut flour and cranberries to the food processor and mix.
Add orange juice and zest and process until well mixed.
Drain the dates and sprinkle with a pinch of salt.
Add dates to the coconut mixture and process on a low speed until well mixed.
Put coconut mixture in an 8X8 pan and press down to distribute evenly.
Press and smooth with the back of a spoon.
Refrigerate until needed then cut into 25 squares.