" Legally Blonde" Cramming for the Bar

"Cramming for the bar" doesn't have to be stressful. Tune in because this is one of Claud's healthy snacks you won’t want to miss.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dried dates
  • 1/2 cup dried figs
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup raw almond slices
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup raw pecans
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1 cup unsweetened dried coconut
  • 1/2 cup dehydrated bananas
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 5 tablespoons brown rice syrup, agave syrup, honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup rice bran oil or safflower oil


Directions:
1. Combine the cherries, cranberries, dates, figs and golden raisins in a food processor. Pulse mixture 10-15 times until a ball forms. Add the remaining dry ingredients and continue pulsing until the nuts are chopped and the mixture begins to come together. Scrape the mixture into a large bowl and add the oil and rice syrup and knead 5 minutes until the mixture holds its shape in a ball.

2. To form the health food bars, line a cookie sheet with plastic wrap and press the mixture forcefully into the pan. Place another piece of plastic wrap over the top and then use a large rolling pin to compress the mixture into a solid block. Alternatively you can press into small cake molds or wrap in foil and twist tightly into cylinders.

3. Cut into bars. Bars can be left plain or coated in your favorite choice (i.e. sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sunflower seeds, dehydrated coconut, green tea Mache, powdered cocoa, etc.) Freeze bars for 30 minutes and then wrap individually and keep refrigerated for longest shelf life.



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