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Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

These little bars are so yummy! There are no added sugars of any type. The fruit is what makes them sweet!

These little snacks are great for when you’re on the go and need something to tide you over until you get home to a wholesome, healthy meal and they also make a great sweet treat!

I found this recipe here and adjusted it to a larger batch and removed the salt. Make sure you check the labels of your dried fruit!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe (Original recipe here)

Ingredients:

1 c dried cherries (I use Nature’s Harvest-nothing but cherries)

1 c pitted whole dates (I use the Medjool dates from Costco although I have to pit them myself but it’s easy)

1 c unsalted peanuts

2 tbsp creamy all natural peanut butter (I use sunland unsalted-just valencia peanuts)

Instructions:

Put dates and cherries in a food processor and process until it becomes like paste. It will form a ball.

Transfer to an 8×8 glass baking dish

Add nuts to processor and pulse until chopped small. Add peanut butter and process until well mixed.

Add nut mix to paste and knead with hands to blend. Press evenly into dish

Refrigerate to set and cut either into bar sized pieces or  what I do is cut in half that size because bar size is too much for me plus it’s portion control…these things are yummy!

Enjoy! 🙂

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Raw Brownies

Who said that a dessert can’t be sugar-free yet still sweet and taste delicious? Well, if you said so then you are just plain wrong!!!!! One of the ladies in the clean eating group I belong to shared this recipe with our group and although I only made slight changes and omitted the salt…they are absolutely delicious and you would never know that you are not eating a “real” brownie! You can view the original recipe here for Raw Brownie Bites. This recipe rolls them up into balls but I am too impatient and busy for that so I just pressed them into an 8×8 inch pan. Remember though, just because it’s healthy, moderation is still important! 🙂

Raw Brownie Recipe

Ingredients:

2 c whole walnuts

2 1/2 c Medjool dates, pitted

1 c cocoa powder

1 c raw unsalted almonds, roughly chopped

Instructions:

Since I buy my almonds whole, I just chopped mine in the food processor before getting started and then added them to an 8×8 inch glass dish and set it aside. If you buy them pre-chopped then just measure them out and place in 8×8 inch glass baking dish and set aside.

Place walnuts into food processor and process until nut are finely chopped

Add cocoa powder and pulse to mix

 Turn food processor on high and add dates one at a time. The consistency should end up looking like moist cake crumbs but when pressed, it will easily stick together. If mix does not hold together well, add more dates.

Put date mix into 8×8 glass dish with the chopped almonds

Combine the date mix and almonds with your hands and when almonds are mixed in well, press evenly into the glass dish…lick fingers clean 🙂

Refrigerate at least 20 minutes to cool and allow it to firm up some. Cut into squares and enjoy! I store them individually in snack baggies then in a storage container and keep the in the fridge. You could probably just layer waxed or parchment paper between the layers in the container instead of using snack baggies. Delicious!