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“Chocolate-Chip Cookie” Date Snack Bars

These date snack bars are naturally sweetened, with no added sugar. They’re perfect for an on-the-go snack, or even a light after-dinner “sweet treat”. With a taste that is reminiscent of a chocolate-chip cookie, they are sure to be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike.

In the bowl of a food processor, add the nuts and process a coarse meal.

Add the dates and process a few short pulses, until slightly chopped.

Add the salt and vanilla and process until the mixture starts to cling to itself (forms a loose ball on one side of food processor)..

Add in the cacao nibs and process until just mixed in.

Line a 9×5-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap, being sure it comes up and over the sides. Turn the date mixture out into the pan. Press down, to flatten and spread the mixture out into a smooth, even layer. (If the mixture is too sticky, try covering the mixture with the plastic wrap and press down.)

Wrap the plastic wrap around the flattened mixture and refrigerate for several hours or overnight to set.

Once set, lift the mixture out of the pan and slice into desired number of bars.

Makes 6 to 12 bars (depending on size).