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Cran-Almond Energy Bars

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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Americana
Servings: 8
Author: Ginger Hultin

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted and chopped Medjool dates (equivalent of 6 large dates)
  • 1/2 cup almond butter (no sugar or oil added)
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup almond slivers
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (find a variety that are sweetened with apple juice)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon white sesame seeds (can also sub shredded coconut if desired)

Instructions

  • Spray a loaf pan with cooking oil then line with parchment paper so that it comes up the sides completely. In the bowl of a food processor, add all ingredients except the sesame seeds and pulse until combined but not completely blended. Dough should be textured and crumbly. You may need to push the dough down with a spoon or add a couple Tablespoons of water to get it blended well. Form dough into a ball with your hands and place in the lined pan. Press down evenly so the dough reaches the corners.
  • Refrigerate for 1-8 hours, then remove parchment paper onto a cutting board and cut into 8 pieces with a sharp knife. Store in the refrigerator.