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Date Berry Energy Bar

The great thing about being a trainer is you get tons of recipes to try.  Often times, the recipes do not taste well or they are not really that much healthier than store bought.  Christina E. gave me this one to try when I have an extra hour or so in the kitchen.   While my Raw Advocare bars are my quick go-to most of the time, yet  I love all the ingredients in this one.

Date-Berry Energy Bar 1/3 c dark chocolate cocoa powder 1 ½ c pitted dates 1/3 c ground flax seed 1 tsp. cinnamon ½ c unsalted almonds ½ c unsalted walnuts 1 tsp. vanilla extract ½ c goji berries, cherries 1-2 tablespoon coconut oil Put your pitted dates in the food processor and puree until they’re smooth. Add coconut oil, cocoa powder, cinnamon, flax seed, and vanilla. Pulse a few times  until they’re combined. Add almonds and walnuts and pulse again. Depending on how fine you want the texture of the nuts, be careful not to pulse too many times.  Stir in dried berries. Transfer the date mixture to a pan lined with wax paper. Press the mixture down with a large wooden spoon until they’re about half an inch thick. Cover with Saran wrap and chill in refrigerator until they’re hard (at least an hour or so). Cut into squares.

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