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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Homemade Eatmore Bars

When I was a little girl, my dad used to walk with me down to the "baby store", which is what I called the local convenience store (it was a tiny store so I guess I figured it was a "baby" store :p ), for a treat. Depending on the season I had my favourites. In the summer I liked banana Popsicles, Fudgsicles, these plastic cones of orange sherbet with a gum ball at the bottom, or a mint chocolate ice cream bar (my dad always got a cherry Popsicle or a strawberry shortcake bar). When it wasn't so brutally hot out, I went for an Eatmore bar (my dad went for the Big Turk, which later became a favourite of mine as well).

Now that I try to eat healthier, I don't eat as many candy bars as I used to (and when I do, I cut them into small pieces and just have a little piece once and a while when the craving strikes) and I would really like to make healthier versions to replace my favourites with. This recipe is my first attempt at recreating my still favourite candy bar, the Eatmore.

If you are unfamiliar with them; an Eatmore is a soft, chewy peanut and chocolate candy bar. I figure it shouldn't be TOO hard to recreate them as they seem pretty basic. I used dates as the main sweetener and the bulk of the recipe. Blended with cocoa powder I figured it would make the perfect chocolatey chewy base. Peanuts, being legumes, are not paleo; but since they are a major component of an Eatmore, replacing them with another nut would drastically alter the flavor. While they would be good, they wouldn't be an Eatmore, so I went with peanuts.

I started with 1 cup of pitted medjool dates. They weren't the softest dates I've used so I soaked them in warm water for about 20 minutes.

Into my food processor went 3/4 cup roasted peanuts, 1/4 cup cocoa powder and a tiny pinch of salt (because the peanuts were unsalted).

I blended them up.

The mixture was a little dry (I should have soaked the dates a little longer) so I added a drizzle of honey.

After blending in the honey I pressed the mixture into an 8x8 square pan and popped it into the freezer for an hour.

Then I cut it into squares and put them in the fridge.

Of course I did taste one right away ;). The verdict is.....close, but not quite the same. I have a couple adjustments in mind and will try again later, but these were still very yummy and they will be enjoyed!

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