A few years ago, I didn’t really even know what dates were. And by “dates,” I don’t mean the activity, I mean the fruit) Then, when I learned what they are, I kind of thought they were like prunes and primarily eaten by people who had given up on flavor. In the last few years, I’ve gotten smarter! I now not only know what dates are, but I know that I can find local ones at the farmer’s market ALL the time. I’ve even had neighbors who have their own trees. (Side note: I happily and willingly eat both prunes and dates now)
When I don’t get them locally, I know I can always find Medjool dates at Trader Joe’s and my Costco. I typically buy them in bulk since they last forever and tend to be priced better. We use them a lot these days. They make a great natural sweetener, and are awesome in everything from snack bars to trail mix. We even tried an INCREDIBLE ice cream recipe with them this week. All that to say, if you’ve been on the fence about dates… go for it!
These apricot cherry snack bars were a great change of pace. I love cherries and I’ve been trying to find a few more uses for the apricots I have in the pantry. I love that these are free of all 8 of the top allergens (gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish). If you do have allergies, be sure you’re buying allergy-friendly chocolate chips. We like and use Enjoy Life semi-sweet morsels or mini-chips. They’re fantastic!
*If you’re looking for unsweetened dried cherries, I’ve found that the Bing cherries at Trader Joes aren’t sweetened. Several online retailers and farmer’s markets also tend to carry them. Most of the time, I cope with what I can find 🙂
For more easy snack ideas:
- Trail Mix for the Week
- Applesauce Snack Combinations
- Strawberry Yo-Nana Smoothies
- Chocolate Cherry Torte Snack Bars