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Super Yummy Protein Bars

What you need: 

15 pitted dates (a few more if they're not very moist)
1/2 cup almonds

What you do: 

Grind the almonds to a powder. A finer powder is best, but it doesn't need to be like flour. Put the almond powder in a large mixing bowl. Next, blend the dates in a blender or food processor until they are in very small pieces and partly pureed. You may need to cut them in half before you put them in the blender, depending on how powerful your blender or processor is. Put the date pieces/puree in the bowl with the almond powder. Knead the mixture for 5 minutes or so. Heres the trick: At first, it will seem as if it will never blend. But after a few minutes, the heat generated from kneading will bring out the oils. If after 5 minutes this just isn't happening, wet your hands--don't add water! Continue kneading. Kneading is the key to success in this recipe. Eventually your mixture will stick together quite nicely. Form a brick or bar. This is tremendously tasty and full of protein.

Preparation Time: 
15 min
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oo thanks lpflutter! i loove it when people remember to post nutrtional values! hehe: it comes in handy!

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AMAZING!!!  almost EXACTLY like lara bars!!!  i halved the recipe using 5 dates, 1/4 c almonds, and 2 tbsp raisins and threw in a bit of cinnammon...shaped it into 2 good sized snack bars...gave one to a friend who ate it immediately and loved it, and my sister and i split the other...so good!  i think im gonna try dates, almonds, and dried apricots in the next, maybe walnuts too!  for those interested, the 2 bars i made each had about 190 calories, 9 grams fat, and 4 grams protein (so pretty much same as a store bought fruit nut bar)  thanks:)

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These were pretty good.  Add a little bit of unsweetened cocoa powder and you'll have something very similar to the famous "Larabars".

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