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Old 02-03-2021, 10:13 AM   #23
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Default Re: I need snack ideas for me.

Dates are sweet! (Think date sugar.) They're the base of homemade Lara bars. I've used dried prunes as a sub, though. I wouldn't be surprised if they would work in other applications. Dried apricots are another good sub for dates in cookie recipes, but they definitely change the flavor profile.

For a national brand (I think it's Sunsweet?) check next to the raisins. If not there, wherever your grocery store stocks figs and more gourmet dried fruits and nuts, usually around the produce. I've even found dates from smaller growers at local discount/off-price stores that are really good. Costco even had them over Christmas. (I buy a lot of them at Christmas. )

Buy dates WHOLE. Chopped dates are coated with sugar or a starch to keep the pieces from sticking together which means they dry out and get hard before they even get to the store.

These cereal bars look interesting.

Or these snack bars.

(I don't think I've ever had a fresh date, only dried. Which is a little weird, because while highly seasonal and also expensive, figs are available fresh, and they are from the same regions.)
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