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
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.