I borrowed the idea from Amber at AlmostVeganChef (I met her last summer at Vegan Con in Portland, Oregon) and adapted the recipe to use 4 types of nuts and make a big batch for the family. I have an airtight box in the refrigerator that I keep bars in for when a snack is craved – it has worked out well! The recipe has sugar in it, making a more favorable bar for someone just starting out on eating nut/seed/fruit bars. And it really tastes amazing. You will feel like you are having an indulgent treat! You can also use roasted macadamia nuts if you prefer for a different taste.
Raw Blondie Brownies
- ½ cup raw cashews
- ½ cup raw walnuts
- ½ cup raw pecans
- ½ cup raw macadamia nuts
- ½ cup brown sugar, scooped/not packed (or use coconut or palm sugar)
- 12 Medjool dates, pitted
- ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp fine sea salt
In a food processor add the nuts and brown sugar, process until finely chopped. Add in the dates (if your dates are hard chop them up first) and process on high until the dates are finely chopped. Sprinkle the vanilla and sea salt on top, pulse until coming together.
Line an 8×8″ glass baking dish with plastic wrap or parchment paper, knock the mix into the pan and press with a spatula until even. Fold over the excess wrap and press down firmly to pack.
Refrigerate for an hour to set up before cutting. Wrap the pieces individually in wrap, keep refrigerated and eat within 2 weeks.
I cut ours into 8 bars.