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Decadent Date Bars

By: The Biggest Loser Dessert Cookbook by Devin Alexander

Go indulgent, but without all the fat and calories with these amazing Decadent Date Bars from The Biggest Loser Dessert Cookbook. When it comes to dessert bar recipes, you don't have to sacrifice taste to make it a little healthier. Enjoy!

Notes

Chef Devin Alexander's notes:



  • Though it will take a few extra minutes to chop the dates by hand, it is best to do that over throwing them into a food processor for this recipe. To create the perfect bars, you want the date pieces nicely chopped and bite-y, not at all paste-like. But don’t go overly perfectionistic on me on this one. They don’t have to be uniformly chopped, so throw them on your cutting board with a big, heavy knife and chop away like you see us chefs do on television.

     

  • If you want the bars to be really gooey (I actually prefer them that way), it’s best to cook them 2 or 3 minutes under what is recommended in the recipe. That said, if you want them to look perfect on your holiday table, I’d suggest sticking to the recipe as is.

     

  • Regarding the reduced-fat, unsweetened coconut ingredient above she suggests using “Let’s Do…Organic” 40% less fat coconut.


***For more information about the creator of this recipe, Chef Devin Alexander, and to see another great, healthy dessert recipe, check out these Jiggle-No-More Gingerbread Truffles on the RecipeLion blog.

Cooking Time26 min

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole-grain oat flour
  • butter flavored cooking spray
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup egg substitute
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound pitted dates, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded, reduced-fat, unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup natural, 70 percent cocoa mini dark chocolate chunks, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
     
  2. Lightly mist an 11” x 7” glass baking dish with spray.
     
  3. In a small mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set it aside.
     
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, using a sturdy spatula, mix the egg substitute, sugar and vanilla.
     
  5. Stir in the flour mixture until well combined, followed by the dates and 3 tablespoons of the chocolate chunks.
     
  6. Pour the mixture into the prepared dish. Sprinkle the coconut evenly over top, followed by the remaining tablespoon of chocolate.
     
  7. Bake at 325 degrees F for 24-26 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out sticky, but not wet.
     
  8. Cool the bars on a wire rack until completely cool. Cut them into 16 bars, cleaning the knife in between each slice.

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I had to Google coconut sugar and discovered it's available at Krogers. I like date bars and this sounds like something I'd really enjoy. The addition of the dark chocolate sounds really good, and I think I'll be giving this a try in the near future. I'm wondering about adding a bit of chopped walnuts to the mix and want to try them that way as well.

O.K., I'll bite...What's coconut sugar???

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