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Toasted Cashew Date Bars

Toasted Cashew Date Bars

This recipe provides a sweet, chewy, and crunchy  snack with surprisingly simple and healthy ingredients. The combination of the caramel-y texture of the dates with the crisp toasted cashew topping is absolutely heavenly. It’s simple to make and a perfect afternoon pick me up. I hope you enjoy!

Prep Time: 20-30 minutes     Total Time: 1 hour     Serves: 8


Ingredients

1/2 cup rolled oats

2 tbs almond milk

1/4 tsp cinnamon

 1 tsp vanilla extract

 1/2 cup dates (plus 2 tbs water)

1/2 cup cashews

1 tsp salt


Method

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine the rolled oats with the almond milk, cinnamon and vanilla extract in a small bowl. 
  3. Add the dates and 2 tablespoons of water to a food processor or blender. Blend on high until the dates form a sticky paste. Remove the paste from the food processor and set aside. 
  4. Add the cashews to a food processor or blender. Blend on high until the cashews form a crumbly, slightly sticky consistency. 
  5. Line a small glass baking dish with parchment paper. 
  6. Spread the oat mixture into the bottom of the baking dish. Press the mixture firmly with the back of a spoon until you have an even packed layer.
  7. Spread a layer of the date paste evenly over the oat mixture. 
  8. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of salt over the date paste layer.
  9. Spread the ground cashews over the date layer, and press down. 
  10. Bake the dish for 30-35 minutes or until the cashew layer is a golden brown. 
  11. After the dish has cooled, gently remove the cashew date bars from the pan and cut into bite sized pieces. Serve as a simple dessert or afternoon snack. Enjoy!

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