Toasted Coconut, Pineapple and Date Bites

It is Leftover’s Club time again! This time I switched it up and made a healthy treat with these easy to make Toasted Coconut Pineapple and Date bites. I actually had to make two batches since we ate up most of the first one before I could photograph them. Can’t really post a recipe without photos now can I?

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Whenever I brave taking my kids grocery shopping with me they always try to talk me into a treat. And their idea of a treat is either seaweed snacks or larabars. I know, seaweed!  Weird, right?  Anyway when they do pick a Larabar instead they go for the ones with chocolate chips in them. I kind of can’t blame them. I always pick one with coconut. Predictable, I know.

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Whenever I think of dates I always think of the smaller almost impossible to chew pieces in trail mix. I would always toss them out thinking it wasn’t worth the risk of breaking a tooth. I remember my parents getting dried fruit trays from my grandparents around Christmas time when I was a kid. I think they trays were from Trader Joes or Harry and David, can’t quite remember. The trays always had tons of goodies like dried apple rings, pineapple, peaches, pears etc. and dates. Medjool dates not the break your tooth nuggets of dried dates. No one ever ate them. I have no idea why not. Maybe because they aren’t the prettiest of dried foods. But man they taste good. And are so versatile!

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When I realized that dates were the base ingredient in Larabars I decided to attempt making my own homemade versions. Seriously the combinations are endless and you don’t need exact ratios to make them. Pretty much toss whatever into the food processor and mix until its pretty well chopped and sticky. Oh and hold on to the food processor while making them because mine almost jumps off the counter every time I make them.

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My intention was to cover the entire top of these bars with the shredded coconut. But, um. I ran out. I do that all the time, run out of ingredients mid recipe that  is. I have a very make-shift pantry right now; as we are still in construction with our kitchen remodel. Just a few small things left and then we are building our pantry. So for now its temp shelving with boxes, crates and bags and 100% unorganized. For all I know I have like 5 bags of shredded coconut in the house. And I will probably find them as soon as the new pantry is built and everything is put away and organized.

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I decided to keep them this way, some with coconut on top and some without. Either way they are delicious little sweet treats that are easy to whip up. As long as you don’t run out of ingredients while making them.

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Toasted Coconut, Pineapple and Date Bites
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Recipe type: Snack, Dessert
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Serves: 12
 
Toasted coconut, Pineapple and Date bites Makes approx. 2 dozen bites
Ingredients
  • 24 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 ½ cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut, lightly toasted
  • 12 dried pineapple rings (unsweetened), chopped
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp Hawaiian sea salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2-3 tbsp finely shredded coconut for topping (untoasted) (optional)
Instructions
  1. Prepare an 8x8 pan with wax paper. Set aside
  2. Combine everything except the optional shredded coconut in a food processor and pulse until everything is evenly chopped. About 2 minutes
  3. Spread out into prepared pan and press down to make sure its all even. Sprinkle the additional shredded coconut on top and press it in lightly. Chill for an hour. Remove from pan and cut into pieces. Keep refrigerated.
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    Comments

    1. Mmmm- I know I’ll love these. And I think I’ll start off with a double batch b/c I know us…:)
      Thank you for sharing, and can’t wait to see your kitchen when its all finished!
      Much aloha!

    2. I’ve been wanting to make this type of bar for so long…just haven’t known where to start! These look so perfect! I cannot wait to try them! Really lovely photos!
      Caroline recently posted…Thai Chicken SatayMy Profile

      • Thank you so much! They really are so easy to make. Just start with the dates as your base and go from there. Any combo of dried fruits, nuts, spices etc work.

    3. Yum- AND your photos are beautiful!
      Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings recently posted…Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies {Leftovers Club}My Profile

    4. I’ve made my own Larabars before too and was so surprised at how easy it was to replicate them! I made the cashew cookie and peanut butter cookie ones. These sound delicious, I’ll have to try making these next.
      Shaina recently posted…Nutty Fuzzy Navel Thumbprint Cookies for #TheLeftoversClubMy Profile

    5. I love Larabars and your homemade version looks amazing! I will definitely be giving these a try. My girls are going to love them!
      Kate | Food Babbles recently posted…Funfetti Pudding Cake – #BundtaMonthMy Profile

    6. I’m not in the middle of a kitchen remodel, and I STILL run out of pantry items all the time! So at least you have an excuse :) And this looks like just the thing to use up the last of the dates in the back of our fridge, from a Christmas present last year! Wait.. do dried dates have an expiration date? (What did I tell you about my disorganized kitchen?)
      Ruthy @ Omeletta recently posted…Salted Butterscotch Marshmallows for #TheLeftoversClubMy Profile

    7. These look sooooo good! I am a lover of dates:)
      Leslie @ My Kitchen Is Open recently posted…Try It Out Thursday- Kraft Recipe Makers (Sweet & Sour Chicken)My Profile

    8. Larabars are, admittedly, a guilty pleasure of mine as well! And the coconut ones are the best. Definitely need to try these for a DIY version!
      Joanne recently posted…Plum and Almond Cream TartMy Profile

    9. Wow, that a delicious combination! I would love to have one, two…ten of these bites ;)
      ATasteOfMadness recently posted…Ovaltine Ice CreamMy Profile

    10. How tasty :) I love all of the ingredients here!! Can’t wait to try this out

    11. these are totally outside my comfort zone (for making, not eating :) ) so I would love it if someone sent me some!
      Laura recently posted…Gingerbread Bars/Review of Esther Brody’s 250 Best Bars and BrowniesMy Profile

      • oh but they are so easy!! Just toss in all in a food processor and then press into the pan, once chilled cut into bars. So simple!! But even simpler is having someone else make and send them, I agree!! ha ha

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