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Calming Chocolate Date Bark

A Sweetly Ayurvedic Approach to Calming the Nervous System

The approach of Autumn brings not only a change in weather but also a shift in lifestyle pace. From an ayurvedic (ancient Indian medicine) perspective both of these things increase vata energy, which has the characteristics of movement, and deficiency. This no-bake, easy to make, lunch box treat is sure to keep you nourished and grounded as September begins. They do have nuts though so will not work for elementary school lunch box treats, but that just means more for you!

I am aware that dates are not an exciting snack food for everyone, but this date bark is waaaay tastier than it sounds. It kind of reminds me of a snickers bar (but better!). Nutrient dense dates provide fuel for increased the activity as back-to-school season ramps up. The addition of almond butter and almonds adds a nervous system calming effect. As if that wasn’t enough of a reason to whip these up, the chocolate will increase the dopamine, serotonin and endorphins in your system. [1]


Medjool Dates (must be Medjool)
Almond Butter (or your favourite nut butter)
Crushed Almonds (or other nut)
Melted Dark Chocolate
Himalayan Rock Salt
*Prepare an amount to fit the size of chosen pan

How to make

  1. Wash and destone enough medjool dates to cover the bottom of a wax/parchment paper lined pan.
  2. Press the dates open side down with hands or a kitchen tool
  3. Spread a layer of almond butter over the dates (I have seen peanut butter used, almonds are the best ayurvedic choice for nervous system calm. I am sure any nuts or nut butter would work).
  4. Crush almonds and sprinkle over the almond butter.
  5. Melt dark chocolate and spread a layer over the crushed almonds.
  6. Sprinkle Himalyan rock salt over top
  7. Put in refrigerator overnight
  8. Enjoy!

[1] Astrid Nehlig, Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2013 Mar; 75(3): 716–727, National Library of Medicine, Published online 2013 Feb 5



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