It's been too hot to bake lately so the oven has been cool. That in conjunction with being sick for over a week and no grocery shopping, doesn't mean I haven't made some tasty snacks...They've just been of the raw, vegan variety. This is also traditionally the time of year when me and my college age brother test out snacks for his return to school. Requirements include they have to be tasty, healthy, portable, no need of refrigeration, and not loud (I'm looking at you brittlely hard granola bars).
These sweet, slightly tart, nutty raw chocolate laced bars have just enough crunch and plenty of energy boosting ingredients to get you through your day.
Here's my recipe for Pistachio Goji Berry Bars:
Makes 12, 2" bars
1 Cup Medjool Dates, Pitted and chopped
1/2 cup Dried Goji Berries
1/3 cup Raw Cashews
1/3 cup Raw Pistachios
2 Tbsp Raw Pumpkin Seeds, shelled
2 Tbsp Raw Cocoa Nibs
1. In a food processor add the dates and goji berries. Process until it starts to form a sticky mass, and move to a mixing bowl. Then process the cashews and pistachios till then are chopped finely, add this to the mixing bowl.
2. Add the Pumpkin Seeds, and Cocoa Nibs to the processed fruit and nuts, mix well. Cover a plate with plastic wrap and press the mixture out till it's ~1/4" thick evenly. Then cut it into square pieces, and stack with parchment paper between the slices. Place in an airtight container consume in 7-10 days, refrigerate for longer storage.