It’s a nice feeling giving your kids a snack and knowing exactly what is in it. These nutritious yet moreish peanut and date bars contain only roasted peanuts, dates, a little honey and some chocolate on top, and are simple to make.
Peanut and date bars (makes around 10 bars)
200g unsalted peanuts
250g dates, roughly chopped
A good squeeze of honey
100g milk chocolate buttons (or more if you want it really chocolatey!)
First put the peanuts on a non-stick oven tray and roast in the oven at gas mark 2/150 degrees for approx 10 mins until golden brown (make sure you check them regularly and keep giving the tray a good shake – burnt nuts are bitter and horrible!)
Put the peanuts, dates and a good squeeze of honey in a food processor/blender and blend until the mixture is sticky and fine (you may need to do this in two batches). Cover a shallow square/rectangle shaped container with tin foil then press the mixture on to it until evenly dispersed. Melt the chocolate in the microwave (do this in short bursts to avoid burning) and pour and spread it evenly over the mixture. Refrigerate for a few hours then cut in to bars.
Keep them in the fridge – they will last a few days!