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

Yields1 Serving

 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

In 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.


Press 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.