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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Homemade Lara Bar - Cherry, Cashew and Date Bars

Cherry, Cashew and Date Bars
Recipe from: Craftsy.com
1 cup of roasted non-salted cashews (Use
 roasted, it makes all the difference in the world)
1 cup of dried cherries
1 cup medjool dates (about 8-10 dates- and always use medjool dates. They are much sweeter and stickier holding the bars together)
1/4 cup of mini dark chocolate chip morsels (optional- I didn't use them on this batch)

1. Cut dates in half removing their pits.
2. Place nuts, dates and cherries in a food processor and process until your desired consistency.
3. Line an 8-by-8-inch pan with waxed paper or parchment. Place fruit and nut mixture in the pan and use a piece of waxed paper or parchment to press the mixture down and spread it out. I use parchment paper just because I've found it sticks less than wax paper.
If adding chocolate, sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the fruit and nut mixture and press them down into the mixture. Use your hand or and a drinking glass to even out the surface.
4. Lift the mixture out of the pan using the waxed paper lining. Use a sharp knife to cut into 18 pieces (or any size you wish- I used a heart shaped cookie cutter for this batch just to be festive for Valentine's Day. Also I found using a roller pin also helps after you have them out of the pan to smooth them out even more.)
5. Wrap pieces in parchment or waxed paper and store in an airtight container. (I also find that if you store them in the refrigerator they are less sticky and easier to handle and eat.)

These bars taste JUST like the Cherry Pie Lara Bars! They are such an easy snack to make and have on hand and super healthy. Feel free to experiment with different nuts and fruits. Just remember to always use roasted nuts and medjool dates.

Here are some other options you can try out! And feel free to add cinnamon or nutmeg to yours.
  1. Pineapple, papaya, mango, banana chips and shredded coconut paired with a mix of walnuts and almonds.
  2. Apricot and golden raisins paired with almonds. Add a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg or cardamom.
  3. Cherries paired with cashews. Add mini dark chocolate chips after food processing.
  4. Apples and raisins paired with walnuts, almonds and cashews. Add a pinch of cinnamon.

If you make these, let me know! OR if you already make them. I would love the hear the combinations you guys make and if you enjoy them as much as I do!

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