Happy New Year, friends! How did your night end? Did you get to enjoy a cocktail or two? We hope it was memorable.
I suppose since it’s the mark of a new year, we should ask if you have any resolutions yet? Besides knocking out a print cookbook (!!!) I don’t think we have anything set in stone. But, I can never shake the idea of January being a “blank slate” month for my diet.
If you’re like us, the new year always seems like a good time to reconsider eating habits.
So we decided to make you a little gift.
Today we’re not only sharing a new recipe, but we’re also releasing our new and improved Detox Guide!
The best part? We’re giving it away for FREE to email subscribers!
We use the term “detox” loosely. Our ideal of a good detox is just filling up on whole foods. Our new Detox Guide is 15 recipes from the blog, but repurposed in a meaningful and easy-to-digest (ha!) format with the goal of helping you detox from all that holiday, end-of-year goodness.
Every meal and recipe is nutritious, vegan and gluten free. Sounds like the perfect reset button for your diet.
Ready to check it out? Just sign up for our email list – if you haven’t already – and see what’s inside! We promise you’ll love it. And if you’re already a subscriber, it should be sitting in your inbox now!
To kick off the launch of this guide, we’re sharing this recipe for naturally-sweetened Apple Pie Date Bars that are seriously reminiscent of Larabar’s Apple Pie flavor (second only to their peanut butter flavor).
I shared a version of these bars in our first Detox Guide, but have since reworked and seriously improved them for those of you who missed out. Consider these little gems everything you’re looking for to fit into your busy lifestyle this year: Simple, healthy, natural, fiber- and protein-rich, and perfect as a snack or on-the-go breakfast.
Without further ado, get your download by subscribing to our email list! Treat this Detox Guide as a little gift from us to you to thank you for all the love you showed us in 2014. Happy eating, friends!
Apple Pie Date Bars
- 1 small apple (cored, peeled and chopped // sweet or tart is fine)
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 13-14 whole dates (pitted* // 13-14 dates yield ~2/3 cup packed)
- 1 cup raw or roasted almonds
- 1 cup raw or roasted walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C).
Place chopped apple on a baking sheet and toss with olive oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, and sea salt. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until soft and fragrant. Set aside.
In a food processor, grind nuts into a meal - a few chunkier pieces are OK. Then add dates and pulse until a loose dough is formed. Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl.
Give the baked apples another chop with a sharp knife so the pieces aren’t so large. Slowly add apples a few Tbsp at a time until the mixture forms a moist dough. If your mixture got too wet, simply add more ground walnuts, almonds, or even a handful oats. Reserve leftover apples for other use (oatmeal, smoothies, yogurt, etc.)
Transfer mixture to parchment-lined loaf pan and spread evenly with a spoon or spatula. Top with plastic wrap and use fingers to press it firmly into all corners until uniformly flat on top. For extra thickness, cram the mixture into 3/4 of the pan and reserve a blank space. This will make less bars, but they will be much thicker. Cover and freeze to set.
Chop into desired number of bars - anywhere from 4-8 (as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size).
To store, pack in a bag or container and place a piece of parchment between each bar so they don’t stick together. l keep mine in the freezer to stay fresher longer, but the refrigerator is fine, too.
If you’re traveling, they should be fine for a day or so. But keep them refrigerated or frozen otherwise.
*If your dates have gone dry, soak in warm water 10 minutes then thoroughly drain.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.
Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 6 bars)
- Calories: 319
- Fat: 22.7g
- Saturated fat: 1.6g
- Sodium: 80mg
- Carbohydrates: 26.3g
- Fiber: 5.7g
- Sugar: 18.2g
- Protein: 8.9g