Sometimes I really think that Christmas should be in March. It would be so nice to have something to look forward to all winter, other than waiting for summer. We could spend cozy winter nights online shopping for gifts for our friends and families. We would have tons of time on our hands for holiday DIY projects. And most of all, we could really drag out the Christmas treat season.
I was thinking about gingerbread cookies the other day and decided it was definitely time to make one of the best treats I have ever invented. Seriously. Gingerbread Larabars! These are my absolute favourite healthy treat to make. They're also packed with iron from the molasses and other good stuff from the other ingredients. You know what I mean.
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1/2 Tbsp of powdered ginger, or a little nub of grated fresh ginger
- 1/2 Tbsp of cinnamon
- 1 tiny pinch of sea salt
- 1/4 cup of blackstrap molasses (Buy some good quality stuff!! Worth it)
- Add all ingredients to a food processor and whaz it up until it's your desired consistency. I like mine a little bit chunky.
- Adjust seasonings. Every time I make this I vary the amounts. If it's too strong for you, add more almonds and/or dates.
- Serve however you want. I decided to make little ramekins. You could roll them into balls! You could lay it out flat on a tray or something, let it cool in the fridge and then cut into power bar size. You could leave it loose and crumble it on ice cream or oatmeal. Do what you gotta do.
- Think of cool flavour combinations you think would taste good. Try them out and then write a guest blog post about it!
So listen... if you're reading this, and you're thinking that dates are disgusting, all I gotta say is, keep up, man! Dates are nature's candy. I'm starting to love them by themselves (especially Medjool), but you can add them to so many things for truly natural sweetness. A couple years ago I would never have bought a bag of dates. Now, I bring them on trips, to the movies, and they're always in my pantry. And they actually fill you up.
Still not convinced? Check out this extremely legitimate fact sheet about dates.
So, Christmas in March?