Easy Little Energy Squares

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This snack bar is honestly so simple to put together and the best part is that you know exactly what’s in it. For me, it became a bit of a chore to find snack bars that didn’t have either added sugars, way too much protein, preservatives or not so good for you additives. The dried fruit creates a wonderful chewy yet light texture with a subtly sweet tang. The only sugars in this snack are from the natural dried fruit, nothing else… how lovely. It holds the right amount of protein, nothing over the top and no additives. My husband loves them and I enjoy having a square or two as an afternoon snack or right before my workout to give me that extra needed charge.

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-1 cup raw almonds

-¾ cup dried apricots

-6-7 medjool dates

-8-9 black mission figs

-2 teaspoons  flaxseed

-1 teaspoon sesame seeds

(I like to use organic dried fruit, seeds & nuts)

Place the almonds into your processor (I have a mini Cuisinart that works well) and process until small pieces form. The almonds will start to look granular and the blend will begin pulling away from the sides, be careful not to process too much as you will find yourself with almond butter… very tasty as well although not what were aiming for with this snack. Once the blend begins pulling away from the sides, go ahead and turn the processor off.

Go ahead and prepare your dried fruit. Slice up your apricots. Remove the pits from your dates (remove the pits by simply slicing a think line into the date allowing you to press the seed out). Remove any small stems that might be on your dried figs. Set all dried fruit aside near your processor.

Turn your processor back on. Add in your flaxseed to the almond blend. Handful by handful, slowly add in all of your dried fruit. Blend and pulse until all is combined and the entire mixture starts pulling away from the sides (~2 minutes). Once combined, turn your processor off. The mixture will readily stick together & be pliable enough to mold into a rectangle like shape without falling apart.

Tip: If you notice your mixture is not sticking together easily, go ahead and add in 1-2 more figs & 1 more date.

In a large bowl place your sesame seeds. Using your hands, remove the mixture from your processor and place it into the large bowl.

Firmly press the mixture together with your hands, mold it into one big ball and then begin molding into a rectangle. Use your kitchen countertop or a flat surface like a cutting board to help mold your bar. Once your mixture is molded, go ahead and roll it up into plastic wrap. This helps it all hold together prior to placing it into the fridge.

Place your wrapped bar into the fridge and let it chill for a least 30 minutes, this allows everything to harden. Once chilled, place it on a cutting board (remove plastic wrap) and slice off squares at your width of choice. I like to keep my squares in the fridge, this allows them to last longer and remain nice & chilled.

Squares at room temperature will last ~3 days while refrigerated squares last ~2 weeks. Enjoy!

Prep time: 15 minutes & allow to chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes.

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