by Elisabeth Hardin from The Practice of Simplicity
School is in full swing for the Hardin household; certainly bittersweet as we transition from lazy summer days to the fast pace of the school year. I’m going to be completely honest here and admit that my absolute biggest annoyance with school being in session is packing lunches. Seriously, I hate it. I’m a total foodie and I love my kids, so you would think I’d enjoy it, right? Nope. Packing real-food lunches and snacks everyday for three kids with COMPLETELY different palates can be downright cumbersome, so needless to say I’m always looking for lunchbox ideas that at least more than one of my children will eat. Thankfully, a coworker of mine passed along this recipe to me about a year ago, and with a little tweaking to the original recipe, this became a hands-down lunchbox favorite for all three kiddos.
2 cups pitted dates (located in the produce section at Earth Fare)
2 cups toasted almonds (I like to buy the sliced almonds in the bulk bins at Earth Fare and toast them myself)
1/2 cup nut butter of your choice (I’m pretty fond of the Yum Butter nut butters because they are in a cool pouch that’s easy to portion out.)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3-4 tbsp water
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
Combine all ingredients, one at a time, in a food processor until blended (will form kind of a ball). Press into an 8 x 8 pan and refrigerate until firm. Cut into squares and enjoy!