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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Coco Cranberry Raw Bars

This is a version of raw Lara Bar I came up with that has become a family favorite. It was requested from my Shabbat Menu last week. They are so easy to make and so delicious. I hope you will try them!

Coco Cranberry Raw Bars

2C dates, rough chopped
1/2 C cocoa
1/2-1C coconut
1 tsp vanilla

1C dried cranberries
1C raw cashews

1. In the food processor, with the cutting blade, process the first 4 ingredients to make the base that sticks together. It will look crumbly, but press some together to see how well it sticks. If is doesn't you need more dates.

2. Add nuts and cranberries and pulse to chop and mix. (The finer your nuts the better it will hold its shape. The nuts in my picture are not as fine as they should be...this batch did not slice as well as the last.)

3. Pour mixture onto a large sheet of wax paper. Fold the wax paper over the pile pressing and shaping the pile underneath into a pressed log. When it is all smashed together in a firm tight log. Wrap well in wax paper and put into a Zip lock bag and store in the fridge. When you want to serve, just slice off pieces, and eat. They look like little cookies. They are pretty too! These are nice to travel with too. When we take long trips, we'll just pinch pieces off and skip the formality of the cutlery. :-)

Tips: If your bars are too crumbly add more dates. This may very based on the moistness of your dates and coconut. If you don't like really dark rich chocolate, use only 1/3C cocoa.

If want to experiment with your own combinations (which I highly recommend and hope you share with me!). This is the rough "formula" you can follow:

(1 part of each)
1C nuts of choice
1C dates, chopped
1C dried fruit
Spices as desired

This recipe is linked to Tuesday Twister


CarmenV said...

These bars look yummy! I'll share this with Leah for sure. Thanks for Sharing Pamela.

Moira said...

These look great!! Thanks for another yummy recipe!

Amy Smith said...

Great thanks! I have a big package of date paste that I purchased from our local natural food store. I don't have a food processor, so I'm wondering I can just chop the nuts and fruit with my chopper and then try to fold into the date paste with some good arm strength. Do you think that will work?

Mommy Set Free said...

Hi Amy,
YES, I do think date paste will work great. I have used "date rolls" before. Those little logs you by rolled in coconut. That works really well too. :-) Enjoy!

Becki said...

Hi Pamela,
I know this is old, but I'm wondering what I could use in place of the coconut? We don't like to eat coconut.


MSF said...

Hi Becky,
No coconut? I can't imagine. :-) But let me try.....You play with another nut chopped fine or wheat germ (or Oat bran)....it you do tyr a sub and like it - I would love to know what you try. I don't use boxed cereals, that might be worth trying to (like puffed rice, corn flake or bran flake or something of the like.)