I’m quite certain there is an 80 year old woman trapped inside my body. I’ve known this since an early age when my love of butter pecan ice cream, dates and prunes were not a popular favorite amongst other 9 year olds.
I’ve never considered myself “hip” or “cool” and have never gone out of my way to achieve this status.
I have never bought into the newest fads, trends or technology. I wait years to make sure all the glitches are worked out or that the “newest thing” stands the test of time.
I would probably still be using a 35 mm camera had my husband not insisted 5 years ago that I would save a lot of money using a digital camera due to my habit of taking 1000 pictures a month and the amount of money I was spending on developing costs.
I have no fancy gadgets in my kitchen. I still grate everything by hand and if I need chopped nuts …out comes a hammer.
I did a blog post one day for a recipe for carrot cake. My father was flabbergasted that I made mention in my story that I still grate carrots by hand. He insisted my mother buy me a food processor for my next birthday.
I few weeks ago I celebrated my birthday and my mom came with a wrapped present containing my first ever modern gadget….the food processor.
My mind instantly went to a recipe I had seen on 100 Days of Real Food that I thought looked really good, easy, contained dates but…..required a food processor. I had dismissed the recipe because it required a date paste and there was no way I could make this without this modern gadget!
The recipe was for Larabars.
Now if you’ve ever heard of a Larabar I think it means you’re “hip” and “cool.” I think you can only buy these at “cool” places that I never go to. They are wholesome snacks that generate a lot of buzz amongst the healthy crowd. They are expensive. I would NEVER buy these.
Equipped with my new food processor and a recipe containing my beloved dates I could make these and possibly even call myself a little “cool.”
I had the kids help me execute this recipe last weekend. The kids and I were excited to press the buttons and watch our ingredients twirl around in our new toy. It was magical watching it all spin into the gooey paste.
The outcome was a big disappointment to me though. They tasted nothing like dates. The peanut butter in the recipe took charge. My two older children will not eat them because they don’t like the consistency. My youngest son likes them so he has been the receptacle for all of them. He is “cool.”
Here is the recipe I used and more can be found on 100 Days of Real Food’s website:
Date/Peanut Butter Larabar
1 C. dates
½ C. peanut butter
½ C. peanuts (optional: I threw these in to really see what my new food processor could do!)
2 Tbsp. of flax seed (optional)
2 Tbsp. water or more if necessary
- Put ingredients in food processor and combine until mixture is of paste quality and no longer crumbly
- Scoop out mixture onto cutting board and work it with hands to get it all formed into one clump
- Grab small handful and pat into a square in your palms
- Wrap each square into plastic wrap
- Can be left at room temperature or stored in refrigerator
I personally will be using the remainder of my dates to go make a date pie to satisfy the 80 year old woman trapped inside my body!