Homemade Lara Bars

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These portable, sweet treats only require five minutes active prep time, and making them at home is much more cost-effective than buying store-bought. Switch out the cashews for peanuts, pecans, or almonds. Substitute up to 1/4 of the dates for dried cherries, figs, or apricots. For an adult version, add 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips and your favorite hot chili powder. The possibilities are endless!

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Ingredients:

24 oz dried pitted dates
1 lb roasted cashews
hefty pinch salt

Blend dates in food processor until they resemble a sticky, smooth paste. Add cashews, and process until mixture sticks together and forms into a ball. With wet hands, press the dough into a greased 8×8 baking dish. Refrigerate 2 hours, then slice into bars. These will keep up to two days tightly wrapped at room temperature, and up to two weeks in the fridge.

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