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Morning Energy Bars

These bars are the perfect way to start your day, as they contain proteins, healthy fats and carbohydrates and an abundance of micronutrients such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. Pack them along for bike rides and busy days so that you don’t get tempted.
Morning Energy Bars (page 35 of Eat Raw, Eat Well)

2 cups  chopped pitted dates (medjool are best)    
2 tbsp  raw cacao powder (like cocoa but better)     
3 tbsp  raw agave nectar (not all brands are raw)    
2 tbsp  water
1⁄4 cup   raw cashews    
1⁄4 cup   walnuts    
1⁄4 cup  raw whole almonds    
3 tbsp  raw shelled hemp seeds    
2 tsp  sesame seeds    
Pinch of fine sea salt

In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, process dates, cacao powder, agave nectar and water until smooth. Add cashews, walnuts, almonds, hemp seeds, sesame seeds and salt. Process until the ingredients come together to form a sticky mass, stopping the motor once and scraping down the sides of the work bowl. Transfer to a cutting board. Using your hands, press out the mixture until it is 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick and shape into a square about 6 inches (15 cm) long. Cut into 9 bars, each approximately 3 inches (7.5 cm) long and 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide. Place on a platter or baking sheet lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for one hour to set. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.  Makes 9 bars.

Excerpted from Eat Raw, Eat Well by Douglas McNish © 2012 Robert Rose Inc.
May not be reprinted without publisher permission. Photo credits: Colin Erricson

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