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These raw bars are filled with ingredients you can actually pronounce and will fill you up for those on the go days.  Feel free to change up the nuts or seeds to create your own personalized bars.  (We like exchanging the pecans for walnuts and have also substituted hemp seeds for the black flax). There are so many options! Make your own combination and be sure to tag us in your posts!

photo courtesy of - Brandon Miller Photography

1 ½ cups pitted dried dates

1 cup dried cranberries

1 cup pecans

1/3 cup chia seeds

1/3 cup ground golden flax seeds

1/3 cup black flax seeds

¼ cup no sugar added dark chocolate chips

¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes

¾ cup pumpkin seeds

3 tbsps melted coconut oil

Combine the dates and cranberries in a food processor and process until a thick paste is formed.

Add the pecans, chia seeds, ground flax, whole flax, chocolate chips, coconut, and pumpkin seeds. Reserve some of the pecans, chocolate chips, and pumpkin seeds to add after processing for more texture if desired.

Process using pulses until the nuts are nicely ground and combined with the dried fruit.

Drizzle in the coconut oil and process for a few moments to combine.

Transfer the contents to a large bowl and mix in the whole ingredients by hand.

photo courtesy of - Brandon Miller Photography

Press the mixture in a 9 x 11 backing pan lined with parchment paper using a stiff spatula or the bottom of a measuring cup. The denser the bars, the better they will hold together.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour to set.

Remove the bars and cut into portions. Store in the refrigerator for 3-5 days, or in the freezer for up to one month.

photo courtesy of - Brandon Miller Photography

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