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fruit and nut bars

October 13, 2012

2 c. raw whole almonds
1/2 c. coarsely chopped dark chocolate (or chocolate chips)*
3 c. whole, pitted dates
1 c. dried, unsweetened cherries
2 T. almond butter (or any “nut” butter you prefer), divided

Place the almonds in your food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add the chocolate and pulse again until finely chopped. Pour mixture into a large bowl; set aside.

Place half of the fruit in the food processor and process until a paste forms and clumps together. Add 1 T. of the nut butter and 1/2 of the almond/chocolate mixture; process until evenly combined. Scrape into the prepared pan.

Repeat with the remaining fruit, nut butter and almond/chocolate mixture. Scrape into the prepared pan.

With slightly wet hands, press the mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan. Use something flat and heavy to press down firmly on the mixture until it is smooth (I used a small cutting board). Chill two hours. Cut. Store, covered, in the refrigerator.

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adapted by donuts dresses and dirt from foodie with family

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