Gingerbread Bars with Crystallized Ginger

You all know that veggies are my thing. But 'tis the season for treats, right? Because life is all about #balance. These Gingerbread Bars with Crystallized Ginger are one of five healthy bar recipes I've created to help you celebrate the holidays, in (healthy) style. All super delicious, vegan, gluten-free, and paleo. 

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Gingerbread Bars with Crystallized Ginger

Gingerbread Bars with Crystallized Ginger


  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw pecans
  • 1 1/4 cups pitted whole dates (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup dried crystallized ginger, chopped (plus more for garnish, optional)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Line a small pan or tupperware container with parchment paper.
  2. Add almonds and pecans to a food processor and blend until finely chopped (but not paste-like).
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until the dates are finely chopped and blended and the mixture begins to stick together. This should take a couple of minutes and you may need to scrape the sides with a spatula occasionally.
  4. Spread the mixture evenly in the parchment lined container, top with ginger garnish, if using, and place in the freezer until set.
  5. When set, allow to thaw for a couple of minutes and cut into desired shape. Keep the bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks or freezer for up to 3 months.


This recipe was made using Deglet Noor dried dates, not Medjool. Medjool dates are moister so they don’t require soaking while Deglet Noor need to be soaked. To soak, simply cover with water overnight or use the quick soak method. To quick-soak put dates in a microwavable bowl and cover with water. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Discard the soaking liquid before using.