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Mar012013

Dark Chocolate Cashew Larabars

Alright.  It's here.  We're doing this.  This is happening.  No turning back now.  

We said we were making March healthy dessert month here on Blue-Eyed Bakers so....you know....here goes nothing.

(For the love what have we gotten ourselves into??! Panic panic panic.)

So let's define healthy shall we?  Wait no, scratch that, let's define OUR version of healthy.  We're pretty simplistic when we're talking good for us foods actually, we just try to stick to unprocessed foods and less sugar.  

Don't get us wrong, we'd be lying if we said that we don't think Fat Free Cool Whip is like nectar of the gods.  Buuuuut, when we're trying (trying oh so hard) to be healthy, we avoid the deliciously processed stuff.

Soooo, in the spirit of health (yay) and simple foods (yay) we're kicking off with these homemade versions of one of our favorite store bought snacks.  And bonus bonus bonus cookies, there are THREE ingredients!  We mean, who said healthy had to be hard?!  

And yes, we know, dark chocolate is one of the ingredients, but again, this is our version of healthy, we said less sugar, not no sugar AND studies show dark chocolate has numerous health benefits, so we're going with it.  But these bars are fabulous without the chocolate also, so if you're like super duper going for it healthy, then leave it out.  (And also, we're impressed).

Ok whew - so we made it through day 1!  Go us!

We've armed ourselves (and hopefully you lovely things) with lots of healthy & delicious bars to snack on while we contemplate our next move in the name of overall health.

Gym?  Jog?  Yoga on demand in the living room?  Hmm...maybe just one more bar...

Dark Chocolate Cashew Larabars
Makes 8 bars

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8 ounces (about 1 1/2 cups) Medjool dates, pitted
100 grams (about 2/3 cups) raw cashews
2 ounces dark chocolate, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon water 

In a food processor, combine dates, cashews & chocolate and pulse until the mixture is combined and very finely chopped - about 2 minutes.  If the mixture has not come together on its own, slowly add in the water - only as much as needed to get the mixture to bind together just a little.

Empty the processor bowl & press mixture out onto a piece of wax paper. Cover with another piece of wax paper and roll out to desired thickness. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours (or freeze for 30 minutes). Once chilled, cut bars and wrap individually.

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Reader Comments (4)

Sounds amazing gonna do it for work on Monday to get rid of some manky dates....trying hard not to poison anyone.

March 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLu

These are so good. And can't wait to see what you have next for us to try. We are trying to cut down sugar. So far my 12yr old son is actually getting used to less sugar. As one day I made him regular Toll House Cookies, and he complained that they were to sweet. YEAH! So, you see I am excited about this month.

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJaan L

I can't wait to try this recipe but I only have almonds and walnuts on hand. Do you think I could substitute one of them for the cashews? Would the amount be the same?

Thanks.

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSheryl

Hi Sheryl - yes you could definitely use any nuts or combo of that you have on hand!

March 3, 2013 | Registered CommenterBlue Eyed Bakers

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