I purchased organic dates, dried cherries, almonds, peanuts, and banana chips in the bulk section of the grocery store and got to work. I started with the PB&J-inspired bar since I thought it would go over well with the husband :) By the end of the food processing...we had both eaten a couple raw dates (new to us) - they are really delicious! Not sure whether I will have to go thru the trouble of food processing since they are great on their own - but I digress...
PB&J flavor Energy Bars
1/4 cup+ dates, pitted
1/4 cup+ dried cherries (or raisins)
< 1/3 cup peanuts.
Blend dates and cherries in food processor and remove when they have melded into a paste. Set aside in separate bowl. I say "1/4 cup +" above because the initial mix was too peanutty. Plus, more fruit is a good thing :)
Chop peanuts in processor (no need to wash processor). Lay out plastic wrap to wrap the bars, because your hands will soon be stickyyyyy-
When the nuts are pulverized, mix with fruit paste in bowl to combine all (3) ingredients.
Form into bars. Since I ended up adding more fruit, I made 4 bars. The EC recipe indicates that it makes 2.
Refrigerate to maintain freshness. Enjoy pre- or post- workout for a super healthy snack!