Since we are on our paleo challenge we want to stick to meat- veggies- some fruit- nuts & seeds. However, it is okay to have an occasional treat in moderation. Going to a social gathering this weekend? Try out this recipe and show all your friends how yummy paleo can be!
- 1 cup chopped dates
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1 cup toasted walnuts or pecans
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1-2 tsp water if needed
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate “mini chips”
Place chopped dates and raw cashews in small bowl. Cover with water and let soak 5-10 minutes.
Add toasted walnuts to food processor and process on high until broken into tiny pieces. Completely drain dates and cashews, then add them to food processor. Add salt and vanilla and process on low to combine, and then on high for 15-20 seconds. Scrape sides of bowl, and then process on high again until a large mass (ball of dough) forms. If needed, add UP TO 1-2 tsp water to make the dough “stick” together.
When the dough has reached the “large mass” stage, use a spatula to spread it out in your food processor. Create a well within the dough and add the chocolate chips. Pulse a few times to combine. You can also mix in the chocolate chips by hand.
Press dough into parchment lined 8×8 square pan. Pat down to 1/2″ thickness. It may not reach the edges of the pan — no problem! Just even out the edges using your hands. Chill for at least 30 minutes before cutting into bars. Yield: 8-12 bars.