These bars are based off of a recipe from Oh She Glows. But, I adapted it a little bit to my own liking…
(They’re also a little unhealthier)
The base is dates & almonds. The original recipe used cashews, and cashews are DELICIOUS in them, butttt…. I didn’t have any!
Plus, raw almonds are easier to find (and cheaper) than raw cashews!
Then, I added in my own guilty pleasures. Chocolate. Marshmallow. Graham Cracker.
It’s like a campfire in your mouth. (in the best way!) No worries, it has no secret jalapenos or anything like that!
These special bars are in honor (and were made for a gift) for my wonderful youth pastor! Happy Birthday!
Now, onto the recipe.
Pulse the almonds in your food processor until you have all of them smaller than pea sized. (This step is REALLY loud, earplugs are suggested)
Then, add the dates, some soy milk, and vanilla, and blend!
And last, but not least, mix in your marshmallows, cracker bits, and chocolate! (by hand)
1 1/2 cups of raw almonds (if you can’t find raw, toasted are okay too)
1 cup of dates
2 Tbsp milk of choice
1 tsp of vanilla ( or two, I LOVE vanilla)
3 Tbsp mini chocolate chips (or diced chocolate chips)
1 whole graham cracker, crushed into pieces (they can vary in size, depending on your opinion)
3 large caramel & vanilla marshmallows, cut into small pieces. You can use mini marshmallows, fruity marshmallows ( I don’t recommend that) or any type of marshmallow you want! I really liked the caramel & vanilla ones, the caramel added a sort of smoky taste, which I love in a s’more!
Pulse almonds in food processor until all pieces are smaller than the size of a pea. Add dates, while running, add milk and vanilla. It should be slightly sticky, think Quaker chewy granola bars.
Stir in chocolate chips, graham cracker pieces, and marshmallow pieces. Press into pan with parchment paper in the bottom, and refrigerate for 2 1/2ish hours, or freeze for 20 minutes. You just want them to firm up a bit. Cut, serve, share with friends, and gobble up. These bars are addictive.
These also make great gifts. Rolling the dough into balls would also make yummy s’more truffles. Give it a go, and let me know how you like them! Have you made any special treats lately?