Raw Date Power Bars

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Raw Date Power Bars
 
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This recipe is from Levana, author of Levana Cooks Dairy-Free! It makes an army of little bars, but they can be stored in the refrigerator in airtight containers to have on hand for on-the-go snacks. For more great lunchbox recipes, see the free eCookbook, Smart School Time Recipes.
Serves: 5 dozen
Ingredients
  • 4 cups soft and plump pitted dates, packed (about 1 ½ pounds)
  • ½ cup agave nectar
  • 1 cup tehina / tahini (sesame paste)
  • 1 cup flax meal (ground flax seeds: Health food stores)
  • 3-4 cups crunchy granola, larger pieces crumbled *
  • 2 cups toasted sesame seeds (10-12 minutes in a preheated 300°F oven)
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, process the dates and agave until a perfectly smooth paste forms.
  2. Transfer to a bowl, and add all but last ingredient.
  3. Combine thoroughly (it will be sticky: be patient).
  4. Press the mixture firmly into a greased cookie sheet, about ½ inch high.
  5. Press the sesame seeds firmly and evenly over the whole top.
  6. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into 1×3 inch bars.
Notes
Store refrigerated in airtight tins.

Note that the granola is the wild card in this recipe when it comes to free-from needs. Whether you want these bars to be vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, or soy-free, be sure to pick the granola accordingly. To meet all of these needs, try Enjoy Life Foods Granola.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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