ProBars are really good, but they are really expensive. No one’s posted a good copycat version, but there’s this one from the company’s founder. It’s good if you like dates…it’s basically a large block of dates with stuff studded inside. I’m not that big of a date fan, so I’m probably not making these again.
Pros: It sticks together really well.
Cons: It’s overpoweringly sweet and only tastes like dates.
ProBar Founder’s Bar of Dates
Makes about: 16 little bars (1” x 4”)
Prep time: 10 minutes mixing, 20 minutes chilling
12oz chopped dates
1.5 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon (instead of the allspice, cardamom)
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used almonds)
1/2 cup rolled oats or granola
1/2 cup chopped dried fruit (I added more almonds, because it seemed excessive to have dried fruit embedded in more dried fruit)
1) Mix together dates, maple syrup, and vanilla. It will be a large sticky mass.
2) Stir in salt, cinnamon
3) Stir in nuts, oats, and dried fruit (if using).
4) Scrape the mass onto a piece of wax paper or silicone mat. Cover with another piece of wax paper and roll to about 1/2” thickness.
5) Cut into bars