CHERRY ALMOND SNACK SQUARES

Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Cook Time: 10 Minutes | Total Time: 30 Minutes

Makes: 16 Bars

We worked with our friend Cassandra Posey, owner of Cognitive Function to create these naturally sweetened and highly addictive cherry + almond snack bars with a rich dark chocolate topping.
For those of you who don't know Cognitive Function is an online platform that focuses on the overall relationship between the mind and body; placing individuals in a position to achieve their maximum potential. Working to educate and provide their audience with tools to improve their overall health and lifestyle in an easily digestible way. At their core, they are centered around bringing you the bare-bone insights into what you are ingesting and how it affects your overall cognition. They'll help to shed light on issues related to GMO’s, organic vs. non-organic, factory farming, additives, pesticides, parabens, and much more. Subscribe to their mailing list at cognitivefunction.net!

These bars are packed with vitamins and minerals making for a perfect mid day snack or evening sweet treat. With high levels of protein, magnesium, calcium and fiber you won't be left feeling guilty after indulging in one of these delicious bars. 
 

Sweet

Crunchy 

Tart 

Chewy 

Chocolatey 

 

Ingredients

Bars

  • 1 ½ C. Dates

  • 1 ½ C. Cherries

  • 1 ½ C. Almonds

  • ½ C. Shredded coconut

  • 1 T. Flax Seeds

  • 1 T. Chia Seeds

  • 1 T. Hemp Seeds

  • ½ C. Maca Powder

Chocolate Sauce

  • ½ C. Cacao Butter

  • 1 C. Cacao Powder

  • ½ C. Maple Syrup

  • ½ tsp. Sea Salt

Garnish

  • Tahini Drizzle (Optional)

  • Hemp Seeds

Directions

  1. Remove the pits from your dates and add to warm / hot water until fully submerged, soak for about 10 minutes.

  2. While your dates are soaking in a high speed blender add your dates and pulse until you have a chunky almond meal.

  3. Add the remaining dry ingredients to the mix and pulse to lightly break apart the coconut.

  4. Remove dates from water and add to dry mix along with cherries and blend till all ingredients are combined and you have a thick paste like consistency. If mix is too chunky slowly add in some of water from the soaked dates (should only need 1-2 T) and blend.

  5. Transfer mix into an 8”x8” lined pan spread evenly with a spatula, set aside

  6. In a double boiler melt cacao butter, stirring occasionally. 

  7. Once most of your cacao butter is melted remove from heat and add cacao powder, salt and maple syrup continuing to mix until you reach a smooth, even consistency. 

  8. Spread chocolate sauce over the bars evenly. Garnish with hemp seeds and drizzle with tahini for a subtle nutty flavor.

  9. Refrigerate for an hour before slicing and enjoy!