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Chocolate Cherry Almond Snack Bars

Chocolate Cherry Almond Snack Bars

  • 10 minutes
  • 8 ingredients
  • Almonds
  • Easy
  • bars
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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup honey or brown rice syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup almond meal
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon almond butter
  • 2 cups raw unsalted almonds such as Diamond of California almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

The Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F (149°C). Line an 8 or 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper with enough overhang on the sides to easily remove the bars from the pan. Set aside.
  2. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, mix the honey, vanilla, almond meal, salt, and almond butter together until combined. Fold in the almonds, cherries, and chocolate chips until combined.
  3. Transfer mixture to prepared baking pan and press very firmly into an even layer. You really want it packed in tight- as tight as possible. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely in the pan set on a wire rack for 1 hour, then transfer to the refrigerator to chill for 1 more hour. This helps firm up the bars which makes them stay compact. Remove bars from the pan using the overhang on the sides and cut into bars. Individually wrap each bar in plastic wrap or parchment. Store at room temperature for 1 week or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. I find they get a little sticky at room temperature over a few days, so I prefer the refrigerator.
  4. Make ahead tip: These bars are freezer friendly. After wrapping individually, freeze for up to 3 months and thaw before enjoying.

Additional Notes:

  1. I do not suggest a thinner sweetener like maple syrup or agave– honey or brown rice syrup is perfect.
  2. You can use store-bought almond meal or almond flour, or you can make your own. Start with 1/4 cup of slivered, sliced, or whole almonds. Pulse them in a food processor until a crumbly meal has formed. Do not run the food processor continuously; you may end up with almond butter. Little pulses are best. You will end up with around 1/4 cup almond meal.
RECIPE CONTRIBUTED BY SALLY'S BAKING ADDICTION

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