Seedy Date Bars

Seedy Date Bars

Seldom do so many super-foods come together in a recipe you would actually want to eat.


  • 8 ounces pitted Medjool dates
  • 4 ounces dried apricots
  • 1 ounce crystallized ginger
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest (from 1/2 orange)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup pepitas or green pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  1. Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Combine the dates, apricots, ginger, orange zest and salt in the bowl of a food processor and blend for 1 minute until blended and mixture forms a thick paste, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl one time.
  3. Set a 12-inch skillet over medium-low heat. Add the pepitas to the pan and cook, tossing occasionally for 1 1/2 minutes, then add the sunflower seeds and continue toasting for another 5 minutes. Finally, add the coconut, chia seed, flaxseed and sesame seeds, and toast for 3 minutes. The mixture should be fragrant and the sunflower seeds and coconut flakes lightly browned.
  4. Add the toasted seeds to the date mixture in the food processor and pulse 5 to 10 times or to desired consistency.
  5. Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan and press into an even layer. Refrigerate for 2 hours, then cut into 12 bars with a pizza cutter. Store in an airtight container separated with parchment for up to 1 week.


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  1. 1

    I’m enjoying the final product, but when processing, both before and after adding the seeds, the whole thing came together in a big ball like a dough ball, and just sort of rolled around and strained my motor (and I’ve got a Cuisinart 14 cup workhorse). I couldn’t tell if or when it became a paste. Anyone else have this problem, and have any solution? Could I add some liquid, for example, or would that be useless?

  2. 2

    I made these today for the first time, followed the recipe (except I accidentally bought sweetened coconut, and I had black sesame seeds on hand so I used those)…these are SO delicious!!!!!! Will most definitely be a recipe I make again and again!!

  3. 4

    If possible, I would like to have the nutritional information as well as the caloric intake of each bar. I am watching my weight and these bars are so delicious that would be very easy to over-indulge. Thank you

    • 5

      Just google the nutrition content of individual ingredients, add it all up and divide by number of bars produced per batch. Seeds and nuts are high in fat. You only need a small quantity so just don’t make this recipe while on a diet.

      • 6

        Actually, in moderation, a bar like this would be great for a dieter. All the seeds used are highly nutritious, both high in protein, healthy fats and loads of vitamins. Dates are naturally sweet, so it has the added benefit of being a cure for a sweet tooth. Again, anything can be bad if moderation is abused. So just use your head about portions.

  4. 8

    We love love love love these! Not only does our 2 year old help make them, but he loves to gobble them up! We love having snacks around that we feel great giving our kiddos.

  5. 11

    I made these last week, made them again last night, and plan on making them forever! They are delicious and very easy to make. I will never buy industrialized health bars again!

  6. 12
    Stephen Phayre

    We made these yesterday and we were not as impressed as we had hoped. Something brought a particular flavor, I think it was the toasted chia seeds, that was overpowering.

  7. 14

    Thanks for making a snack bar recipe that doesn’t call for nuts. With a nut allergic kid in our house, we struggle to find healthy, homemade recipes for snack bars, granola, etc that don’t start with nuts. I will figure out the swaps eventually, but it’s nice to start from the original!!

  8. 15

    Would you and every other person that has recipes online, PLEASE fix it so when the recipe is printed it is just the recipe not 8 pages of comments and other assorted stuff.
    Thank You

    • 16

      I have found a great solution to your problem. Just highlight the recipe, go to FILE, PRINT, and then you will see an option that says SELECTION. Click on that, then hit PRINT. It should only print the portion you have highlighted. I also sometimes highlight, copy and paste the recipe onto a new email, and mail the recipe to myself for my files.

  9. 21

    Aren’t flax seeds indigestible unless the are ground or processed in some way? There isn’t much in this but they will mostly tend to pass through without being digested.

  10. 25

    you could just increase sunflower and pumpkin seeds to make up that 1/2 cup of coconut. I would think cocoa nibs would be interesting substitute as well

  11. 27

    I used two different nutrition calculators on on this recipe, minus the coconut. One said ~170 calories, the other ~124. That is a pretty big difference… Guess it is time to hunt for a reliable calculator online.

  12. 32

    The nutrition information is something like 139 calories per bar. I just made these and they’re pretty good, but before you press the mixture into the pan I recommend wetting down your hands. Makes the job less messy.

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