Have you ever had a LARABAR? We're kind of obsessed with them over here, because they don't contain any preservatives or GMO's. Bryan and I both have one every morning, with a cup of juice, for breakfast. I decided to try to make them, to lessen the expense of breakfast, because the bars are a little pricey.
The possibilities are endless. You can use whatever kind of nut(s) you'd like, and dried fruit, too. I wouldn't eliminate the dates, because they hold everything together. So far I've used pecans, brazil nuts, raisins, dried blueberries. Also, if the flavor is too plain for you, try adding a hint of vanilla extract or even some kind of citrus juice, but just a splash.
1/3 cup medjool dates
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup raw nuts
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Remove the pits from the dates, then give them a rough chop. Combine dates, cranberries & cinnamon in a food processor and chop until they form a sticky paste, or until you don't see anymore whole cranberries. Remove from food processor and set aside.
Pulse the nuts in the food processor a few times, until you have a rough meal. Put the date/cranberry paste back in the food processor and use the easy clean option, for a few seconds, to combine the two mixtures.
Pour everything into a large bowl and form it into a large ball with your hands, then place onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Fold the plastic wrap in half, and form a large log.
Cut into 4 pieces, and one at a time, using the flat edge of a cutting knife, flatten the bar and smooth the edges to shape. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate to store, et voilà.