Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Health Nut Cherry Chocolate Bars

I am not generally a fan of health bars. Usually they have a ton of added sweetener or dates. :: ick:: BUT with a few tweaks, I've come up with a great, healthy bar that provides protein without added sugars. Dried fruit adds the sweetness.
1/4 cup cashews
1/2 cup salted almonds
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 8oz package of dried fruit. -I used Trader Joe's golden berry blend
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (or use dairy free)
1tsp coconut oil
1/4tsp salt (optional)
Line a 8X8 baking pan with parchment paper.
In a food processor add the almonds and cashews.
Pulse until they resemble fresh bread crumbs. 
Add  the rest of the ingredients. Pulse until it comes together in a dough. It will stay crumbly for quite a while. Keep processing until it sticks together.
Press as evenly as possible into the prepared pan. 
Freeze for about an hour and then cut into bars.
Makes about 8.

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