Apple Strudel Chew

Whether you're searching for an excellent afternoon snack or a delicately sweet dessert, this easy, bake free treat will satisfy your sweet tooth as it sneakily does a body good.

Dates act as a natural sweetener (providing antioxidants in the form of tannins--much like red wine--dietary fiber, iron, potassium, and minerals such as calcium, manganese, and copper).  Walnuts and almonds provide you with energy boosting omega-3 and omega-6 fats, and a healthy dose of cinnamon acts as another antioxidant.

Apple Strudel Chew

Yields: 6 bars

Ingredients

1 cup (approximately 16) pitted Medjool dates
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup dried apples
1/2 cup raisins
2 tbsp Saigon cinnamon

Directions

1.  If not pre-pitted, pit your dates. 
2.  In a food processor, add your nuts and cinnamon. Process until well broken down, but not pulverized. (Chunks in your bars will be delightful!)
3.  Throw in the remaining ingredients: Medjool dates, raisins, and dried apples, and process until well combined.

.4.  Now the messy part: squish the dough around until it joins together forming a ball.
5.  Either roll your dough into 6 individual balls or make 6 separate bars.  To make bars: using a 9x12 baking pan, form dough along the 9" side, spreading evenly and flattening with a spatula on the top and exposed edge.  Then slice into 6 equal bars.
6.  Wrap each bar individually in saran wrap and refrigerate.  They will last for up to a month, so feel free to make several at once and maximize the efficiency of the mess!

xox

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