I enjoy experimenting with food; particularly baked goods. When it comes to my main meals I rarely follow/create recipes but there’s something about baking that makes me truly enjoy trying different flavor combinations! My Instagram is full of savory meals, salads and vegetables (which I eat a lot of…hence the name realfoodrabbit) but my blog tends to be geared more towards sweet recipes such as this one.
I love eating dessert, and at minimum enjoy a piece of extra dark chocolate each day. I am a true believer in moderation and think that restricting yourself can lead to a negative mindset around food and body image. But with that being said, there are still foods/ingredients that I try my best to stay away from such as gluten/wheat, soy, vegetable oils, added sugar (excluding honey, maple syrup and coconut sugar) and preservatives/additives. I do this not in hopes of “losing weight” or keeping a “clean” diet, but because I don’t think these foods are healthy or meant to consume on a regular basis. I try and reflect these lifestyle choices in my recipes. It is my goal to create desserts, snacks, and meals that I (and you) can feel good about eating. Are these Walnut Crumble Bars a dessert? Yes! But they are also nutritious. They have a decent amount of sugar from the dates, but they are made with wholesome ingredients that no one should feel bad about eating, even on a normal basis.
Sorry for the long introduction! But back to this recipe! These Walnut Crumble Bars consist of 3 layers: a cookie crust, a walnut-date crumble and a chocolate topping. The middle layer is quite sweet, but balanced by the crust and chocolate layers. This recipe is free of many allergens such as gluten, eggs and dairy.
*Can sub maple syrup for honey
I used Wedderspoon Manuka Honey 100% Raw Manuka Honey to sweeten the crust of this recipe. This is by far my favorite brand of honey because of its rich flavor. This honey is thick and full of flavor, plus Wedderspoon is a company that cares about the environment and their bees – creating a superior honey while supporting their bees. However, if you do not wish to use honey in this recipe, maple syrup can be used in its place.
Another product that I used in this recipe, and highly recommend, is Eating Evolved Midnight Coconut Primal Chocolate. All of their products are Paleo and Vegan and you can taste the difference in the quality of their chocolate. You can order Eating Evolved products online (use the code “katiehtmt” during your online checkout for a free monthly gift) or find them in many natural grocery stores around the US (like Whole Foods).
I'm Katie - wife to a loving husband & mother to two active little boys. I am a stay-at-home-mom with a passion for all things health & fitness. I believe in nourishment for the body, mind & soul through eating real food, practicing proper fitness & living without restriction. Join me in creating healthy recipes and learning to live a balanced, fulfilling life!