Social media often provides fun ways to keep up with food trends. One of the best pasta sauces I’ve ever made was the one I wrote about using an idea from TicTok. It was a baked red sauce with a block of feta or cream cheese in the middle of a bunch of tomatoes. Baked and stirred together with some herbs and seasonings, it becomes a luxurious, rich sauce that we enjoy over any type of pasta.
One of the most recent crazes on TikTok is the healthy “Snicker” bar. I just call it good. It’s made with dates, which is one of the most nutritious ways to sweeten our treats. And to top is all off, dates are nature’s caramel.
I use a variety of dates, but the Mejool date is the cream of the crop. When using dates, you’ll find the pits are extremely easy to remove. Some have a little stem, much like you find on the end of an avocado, that also comes off easily.
Dates are heart-healthy, they provide fiber, and they boost metabolism. Another product I’ve been using lately is the powdered peanut and almond butters. They are a fraction of the calories and fat, but provide good nutrients, and great flavor.
The concept for the candy bar bites is to split the dates into halves, fill them with nut butter, and top with peanuts and chocolate chips. I use dark chocolate pieces, but any variety of baking chips will work, and will give you plenty of options.
These chewy little sweet bites will make a simple, but flavor-packed treat for a Memorial Day weekend cookout.
Enjoy food made fresh!
Candy Bar Bites
3 Mejool dates, or other dates
4 tablespoons PB2 Almond Butter powder
3 teaspoons water
30 dark chocolate chips
30 dry roasted peanuts
Split each date into halves and remove pits and stems (if any attached).
Mix almond butter powder with water in a small dish until completely smooth.*
Fill each date half with almond butter, then top each one with chocolate chips and peanuts. Makes 2 to 3 servings.
Keep in a sealed container if not serving immediately.
*3 teaspoons of regular nut butter may be substituted for the 4 tablespoons nut butter powder and the 3 teaspoons water.
ANGELINA LARUE is a food writer, recipe developer and author of “The Whole Enchilada Fresh and Nutritious Southwestern Cuisine.”
This article originally appeared on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Food Made Fresh: Chewy sweet bites a simple, flavor-packed treat for Memorial Day cookout