Easy (Grain-free!) Date-Nut Energy Bars - Dinner With Julie

Easy (Grain-free!) Date-Nut Energy Bars

  

September 4, 2013

  • Makes: Makes about 12 bars.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups pitted Medjool dates (about 15 dates)

1 1/2 cups toasted whole almonds and pecan halves (any ratio - or try toasted hazelnuts or cashews)

pinch salt

optional add-ins

1/3 cup shredded coconut and a bit of grated lime zest and the juice of half a lime

2 Tbsp. cocoa, 1 Tbsp. honey and 1/3 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup dried cherries or blueberries and a drop of vanilla

Directions

1In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the dates, nuts and salt until well blended and coarsely ground - you should be able to squeeze it together in a clump. If you like, pulse or stir in any add-ins.

2Press into a parchment-lined 8x8-inch baking pan and let sit at room temperature or refrigerate until easier to cut into bars. (Alternatively, roll the mixture into small bite-sized balls.) Leave in the pan or wrap individually to store.

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