From Ellen… lots of these were consumed this past weekend at the Fall Challenge 🙂
1.5 cups raw cashews
Good pinch of sea salt
1 cup tightly packed pitted dates*
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
chocolate chips (as much as you want)
Personal addition: small amount of orange zest
1. If your dates are stiff or dry, soak the dates in a bowl of water for 30-60 minutes before beginning. Drain well and pat dry before use. (I didn’t do this, my dates were soft)
2. Add cashews and salt into a food processor and process the until the cashew crumbs are just smaller than peas.
3. Now add in the pitted dates and process until the mixture comes together. The mixture should stick together easily when you squeeze it between your fingers. If it doesn’t stick or it’s still a bit crumbly, add a very small amount of water (1 tsp at a time) and process it again. (I needed to add 1 tsp of water, and it was nice and sticky after)
4. Add the vanilla and orange zest (my personal addition) and process until combined. Finally, pulse in the chocolate or simply stir in by hand.
The recipe suggest making bars but I just rolled them into small balls and then put them in the freezer overnight.
Read more: http://ohsheglows.com/2013/01/16/homemade-chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-larabars/#ixzz2gWyJV5sc”