Peanut Butter and Jelly Chew

I, like a large percentage of American kids of my generation, grew up eating a fair amount of pb&j sandwiches.  My jelly of choice was always strawberry (hold the seeds, hold the strawberry chunks) and, when it came to the peanut butter, make sure it's creamy, please.

To this day, the nut butter and jelly combo makes my mouth water.

In moderation, peanuts are fab addition to our diet (providing heart healthy fat and protein) while dried cherries and dates provide enough natural sweetness (as well as dietary fiber, antioxidants, and Vitamin A) to make this an easy and inner-child pleasing snack.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Chew

Yields 4 bars

Ingredients

7 medjool dates, pitted
2/3 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
1/2 cup dried, unsweetened cherries
1/4 tsp salt

Directions

  1. In your food processor, pulse peanuts until broken down into bits but not pulverized.  Add unsweetened cherries and salt and pulse until well blended.
  2. Pit dates.
  3. Add dates to peanut/cherry mixture and pulse until well incorporated.
  4. Transfer dough to baking pan with at least one 9" edge, pressing the mixture along the 9" side, creating an even bar (flatten with a spatula).
  5. Slice the bar into 4 equal pieces, wrap individually, and refrigerate.

Refrigerated, the bars will last a month, so feel free to make a bunch at once!  Maximize your mess.

xox

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