Pecan-Date Snack Bars

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Makes eight bars

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/3 cups of pitted and roughly chopped Medjool dates

2 cups plain pecans (not roasted nor salted)

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350  degrees.

Place dates in a medium bowl and cover them completely with  water. Allow to soak for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, process the pecans in a food processor until they  resemble the texture of breadcrumbs.

When the dates are done soaking,  drain the water. Add dates to the food processor and process with the nuts until  well-combined and dough comes together into a ball.

Line a 7″ x 11″  baking pan with parchment paper – this makes clean-up easier. (Two bread pans  would make a great substitute if you don’t have a 7″ x 11″ pan.)
Press  dough evenly into the pan, pressing firmly with your hands to compact the  mixture as much as possible. (It’s helpful to wet your hands with water to  prevent batter from sticking to your fingers.)

Bake for about 10 minutes,  until the top looks a bit dry. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely  (about one hour).

Transfer bars (with parchment paper) to a cutting  board, and cut into eight bars. Enjoy!

These bars are also delicious when  enjoyed frozen for increased sweetness and firmness.

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