What Can I Use as a Substitute for Dates When Making Energy Bars?

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Q: Every time I see a recipe for energy bars/balls, they always involve using dates. Coming from someone who isn’t a fan of dates, are there any substitutes for them in these types of recipes? Or are dates the end-all, be-all ingredient of energy bar recipes?

Sent by Kim

Editor: I’m not quite sure of an exact substitute for dates, although we do have a few recipes for snack bars and bites that don’t use them.

Readers, do you have any favorite energy bar recipes that don’t use dates?