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  • Writer's pictureSusie Csorsz Brown

Chocolate Walnut and Cherry Bars

These are an amazing breakfast. Or energy bar. Or after-school snack. And the best part is your kids will very quickly be able to make these themselves. Or maybe the best part is that this is more of a formula than a specific recipe; add the nuts you like, or swap out the dried fruit. Basically, you need some dry stuff, some nutty stuff, some chewy/fruity stuff and a food processor.

Chocolate Walnut & Cherry Bars

Nutty, chocolaty bars that every kid will love!

Makes 10 - 12 bars


1 cup old-fashioned oats

2 cups pitted soft dates

1 cup walnuts, toasted

1/2 cup unsweetened dried cherries or cranberries

1/2 cup dried strawberries

1/2 cup dried figs

5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

3/4 to 1 teaspoon salt

Directions Line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment. Set aside.

In the bowl of a large food processor, combine oats, dates, walnuts, cherries, cocoa powder and salt. Process 1-2 minutes, or until mixture resembles a crumbly dough. Turn mixture into prepared pan and press firmly into the bottom of the pan. Chill at least 1 hour and cut into 2-inch square. Enjoy!

Note: I stored ours in the freezer, cut into squares, for easy and ready access.

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