|5 min||1 h 5 min||1 h 10 min||8|
|1 cup||Walnuts (or choice of nuts, roasted or raw)|
|1 cup||Mixed fruit, dried|
|1 cup||Medjool date|
|1/2 tsp||Sea salt (for sprinkling)|
1. Add the roasted or raw nuts, dried fruit, and dates into a food processor. Pulse a few times just to break them up. Separate the dates if they start to clump together.
2. Process continuously for 30 seconds. By this point, the ingredients should all have broken down into crumb-sized pieces. Scrape the edges of the bowl and beneath the blade to make sure nothing is sticking.
3. Process continuously until a dough ball is formed, 1 to 2 minutes.
4. Lay a piece of plastic wrap or wax paper on your work surface and dump the dough ball on top. Press the dough with your hands until it forms a thick square, roughly 8“x8” in size (or press this down in a 8"x8" baking dish lined with parchment paper). Season the dough with sea salt and then wrap and chill for at least an hour or overnight.
5. Once set, unwrap the chilled dough and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into 8 large bars or 16 small squares, as desired. Wrap each bar in plastic wrap or wax paper.
6. Store the bars in the fridge for several weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Nuts can be used raw or roasted. If desired, roast the nuts at 350°F for 10 to 12 minutes, until fragrant and golden. Allow to cool before using.
Large batch this recipe to store a healthy snack for weeks at a time.
For added nutritional benefits, you can add in 1/2 tbsp of: chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut, cacao powder or flax seeds.
No added sugars
Dried fruit is a great option if you're looking for something sweet, but without adding in sugars. Dried fruit contains plenty of fiber to help slow the release of sugars into the bloodstream, but still be mindful of sugar quantity, as it does add up (even with fruit sugars).