Saturday, May 12, 2012

Delicious Living: Chocolate-Date-Nut Bars

12 medjool dates (pitted) , 1/2 cup almonds, 1/2 cup hazelnuts (no need to remove skins) ,  4-ounce bar dark chocolate (60% cocoa works well, broken into small pieces), 2 tablespoons hemp seeds, 2 tablespoons chia seed.

Place dates in a food processor and pulse until well chopped. Add almonds and hazelnuts and pulse until chopped, but a few large pieces remain. Remove cover and make a circular trough in the mixture with the back of a small spoon.

Place chocolate pieces in a small bowl over hot but not boiling water. Stir until melted. Carefully pour melted chocolate into prepared trough in date-nut mixture. Replace cover and pulse a few times, until just combined.

Scrape mixture onto a cutting board and form a rough rectangle. Cut into eight equal pieces. Combine hemp and chia seeds on a small plate. Mold each of the cut pieces into evenly shaped bars, warming mixture with your hands. Press bars gently into seeds to coat. Place on a small tray, cover with plastic, and refrigerate for about an hour, or until very firm. Once firm, bars may be individually wrapped and kept at room temperature.

Recipe courtesy of Delicious Living

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