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Delicious Date & Walnut Bars ~ Gluten Free

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Easy and moist, these bars are simple to make and cut into 24 bars. Regular flour works great too!

These bars are filled with essential fiber and natural sweetness!

These irresistible bars are an updated version from vintage 1940 and 50’s recipes – when baking was simple.

They do not contain any butter or oil; the only fat is from the egg yolks.
Natural sweetness comes from the plump, California Medjool Dates.
Whipping the egg whites separately and folding into the batter/mixture adds a lightness – so the bars are not heavy.
No streusel like modern recipes – just old-fashioned goodness!!

Working with my pantry ingredients – I came up with these delicious bars that are nutty and sweet… and addictive.

Using what we have on hand is the new normal during this uncertain time living with coronavirus. I had these ingredients in my pantry – so was looking for a recipe to use them up.
I also have a huge collection of vintage cookbook pamphlets – so I had time to go through many, and really read them to get inspired.

This recipe is a reflection of what was baked in the 1940’s and 50’s. I added the gluten free part (that certainly was not happening back then!) I have been baking for so many years, I can just look at a vintage recipe, and know how to update it – mostly dropping the sugar content.
Enjoy them – so delish. I keep some out for a few days and freeze the rest. Because they are moist, they are good keepers.

So are we gaining weight being home ? … so close to our refrigerators and pantries? I’ve heard many talk about this. So we know the drill – exercise more, eat sensibly when hungry. Well, while many gyms are closed – everyone I know is cleaning and organizing!
So here is a little list of calories burned: happy to report you can burn 50 calories for every 20 minutes of cooking!

With all this activity (yes I’m cooking and cleaning a lot), no wonder I am craving something sweet!
These bars are filled with essential fiber and natural sweetness!

I found this little list which is so informative.. who knew?
How Many Calories You’ll Actually Burn Cooking/ Cleaning:

Cooking Burns: 50 calories per 20 minutes (this is provided you don’t nibble your way through meal prep like a normal human being)

Vacuuming and Sweeping Burns: 40 calories per 10 minutes (and that’s sweeping vigorously)

Laundry Burns: 43 calories per 10 consecutive minutes

Dusting Burns: 33 calories per 10 minutes

Cooking Burns: 50 calories per 20 minutes (this is provided you don’t nibble your way through meal prep like a normal human being)

Making the Bed Burns: 11 calories per 5 minutes

Ironing Burns: 39 calories per 15 minutes

Loading the Dishwasher Burns: 17.5 calories per 5 minutes

Back to the recipe of the day!

My inspiration for the Date and Walnut Bars / looking through my vintage pamphlets
Vintage recipes can be updated for today’s tastes
Simple ingredients for the bars
Adding the dates and walnuts to the batter
Add whipped egg whites and combine and bake
The batter ready to bake – lighter with the whipped egg whites
Make 24 bars
Filled with essential fiber and natural sweetness!

Here are two recipes to master for everyday cooking ~ with ingredients that you might have on hand:
Weeknight Filet of Sole with Mustard Sauce
A l’ Orange Chicken Sauce for Grilled Chicken ~ French Style for Today’s Cook

Weeknight Filet of Sole with Mustard Sauce
A l’ Orange Chicken Sauce for Grilled Chicken ~ French Style for Today’s Cook

Go for it! Enjoy a little something sweet!
Karen

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