Making snacks yourself is a great way to control the quality of your ingredients, and even a novice in the kitchen can easily whip up the simple homemade recipe included here. Enjoy!
Makes eight bars
One and one-third cups of pitted and roughly chopped Medjool dates
Two cups plain pecans (not roasted nor salted)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place dates in a medium bowl and cover them completely with water. Allow to soak for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, process the pecans in a food processor until they resemble the texture of breadcrumbs.
When the dates are done soaking, drain the water. Add dates to the food processor and process with the nuts until well-combined and dough comes together into a ball.
Line a 7″ x 11″ baking pan with parchment paper – this makes clean-up easier. (Two bread pans would make a great substitute if you don’t have a 7″ x 11″ pan.)
Press dough evenly into the pan, pressing firmly with your hands to compact the mixture as much as possible. (It’s helpful to wet your hands with water to prevent batter from sticking to your fingers.)
Bake for about 10 minutes, until the top looks a bit dry. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely (about one hour).
Transfer bars (with parchment paper) to a cutting board, and cut into eight bars. Enjoy!
These bars are also delicious when enjoyed frozen for increased sweetness and firmness.
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