How to Enjoy the Holidays and Stay on Track with Your Eating Plan

The holidays are right around the corner and you may be thinking, “Oh wow, the holidays always kick my butt when it comes to my eating plan.” But my friend, it doesn’t have to. I want to encourage you to choose wisely what you eat and if you want to have a piece of cake or a special dessert, take a small amount. It’s okay to treat yourself once in a while.

I don’t know about you but I definitely have a sweet tooth. So I have a few tried and true recipes that help me stay on plan and still satisfy my desire for sweets. One of those recipes is my date bars. These are so delicious and good for you. They satisfy that desire for sweet and salty. They are high in calorie so you don’t want to pig out on them. The good news is they are very satisfying so it only takes one or two small pieces to fill that craving.

Please watch my YouTube video posted down below for step by step instructions.


Date Bars (Unsure of who created the original recipe)

20 to 22 Medjool dates, depitted

2 cups unsalted/unroasted cashews

2 tbsp virgin coconut oil

1 tsp pure vanilla or almond extract


Dash of Kosher salt


Unsweetened chocolate


Soak the depitted dates in warm water for a few minutes to soften.

Remove pits from dates.

Chop nuts in Ninja.

Combine the dates and chopped up nuts with coconut oil and vanilla or almond extract.

Mix all ingredients in the Ninja until they can be molded but not to sticky.

Use your hands and spread mixture onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.

Lightly sprinkle kosher salt on top.

Stick date bars in the freezer for about an hour, take out and cut into squares with a knife.

Store in freezer.

This recipe can be easily cut in half.

If you try this recipe I’d love to hear what you think of it. Please leave me comments down below. Thanks!

Published by thegingeroptimist

My name is Jan McIntyre, also known as The Ginger Optimist. I love Jesus, cooking, baking, making my own DIY products, photography, makeup, bargain shopping and encouraging others.

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