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Monday, June 6, 2011

date energy bars

These bars are an excellent source of raw energy. They are super easy to make and so very delicious, seriously. Try them, this week. You will want them again and again and again!

15 dates; pitted & chopped
1/3 cup Dutch cocoa or Cacao powder
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup raw walnuts
dash of vanilla
3-5 tablespoons of water; add 1 tablespoon @ a time, as needed

Put all ingredients into a food processor, magic bullet, vita-mix or the like. Blend on medium-low, starting/stopping as needed to add one tablespoon of water at a time, until the mixture has reached a nice pliable consistency.

Using slightly wet hands, take the raw, wholesome lov'n and do one of the following: gently pat it into a 8X8 pan for squares OR gently roll it into individual balls for bite-sized on-the-go snacks.

Fun Idea: roll the balls in additional cocoa for a little extra cocoa flavor. Notso convenient for on-the-go, but adds a nice touch for presentation if you are serving them to guests.

They keep well for about 3 days, after that they start to get a bit dry. Don't worry, they won't last that long anyway.

p.s. If you come across this recipe and you'd like to try it but are allergic to walnuts, then substitute pecans - yum. Slightly more expensive, but the result will be divine.

p.p.s If you are allergic to all nuts in general, simply omit nuts and increase the oats to 1/2 cup.

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