On-The-Go Recipe: Date Nut Bars
Anyone else like recipes you can make straight from your pantry? No shopping trip needed! This is exactly why I made these bars. I had some dates, I had some nuts, I had some dried fruit, and I threw in whatever else I had laying around. Use my recipe as a template, but please get creative and use what you have!
These are nutritious and delicious - pack a few for the office!
1 cup dried fruit - I used cherries, figs and coconut strips
1 cup pitted dates
4 cups raw almonds
1 tsp each - cinnamon, clove, ginger
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup hemp hearts
Soak dried fruits in water for 2-5 minutes to soften. Pulse almonds in a food processor until they are finely chopped, but before it becomes a paste. Add fruit (drained), spices, chia seeds and hemp hearts. Feel free to add a little salt, honey, and anything else you think would taste good in the mix! Process for a few more minutes, until evenly combined. Line a baking pan, or a cookie sheet with a lip, with coconut oil. Spread out the date nut mixture evenly across the pan and flatten as best you can. Oil the top as well, and cover with a plastic sheet. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Turn out onto a cutting board and cut into bars. You decide how big you want your bars to be. Wrap individually and keep in the fridge for a few days or freeze for a few months. Yum! This recipe can be customized in so many ways. Use what you have in your pantry. Any combination of nuts and fruit should work.
Have fun experimenting and practice mindfulness as you prepare the ingredients, mix and spread.
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