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Full of protien and fiber, these breakfast bars are great for rushed mornings.

Step 1: Ingredients/Materials

Ingredients:
- 1 c raw almonds (whole)
- 15 dates
- 1/2 c honey
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1 1/2 c oat flour (this can be made by grinding oatmeal [unflavored] in food processor)
- 1/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 c toasted pecans (whole)
- 1/4 c unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 c chocolate chips
These measurements are not exact. I just estimated so feel free to alter them to fit your diet.
Materials:
- Food processor
- Various measuring cups and spoons
- 8×8 pan
- Parchment paper

Step 2: Grind Almonds

Put the almonds in the food processor and grind for about 30 seconds, or until it reaches a wet, grainy, consistency. Not quite almond butter consistency however.

Step 3: Add Dates

Remove the pits from the dates and blend them with the almonds.

Step 4: Mix in Honey and Extracts

Add honey and extracts and blend.

Step 5: Oat Flour and Cocoa Powder

Add in the oat flour and cocoa powder (I forgot about the cocoa powder till after I mixed in the oat flour but it's fine to mix them in at the same time).

Step 6: Extras :)

Now comes the fun part, the extras :). Toasted pecans, coconut, and chocolate chips finish these bars off.

Step 7: Press Into Pan:

Press the mixture into your pan and chill.

Step 8: Final Notes:

I love these bars. They taste great and keep me going for hours. I made half this recipe (That's why I used a bread pan). This makes enough for about 7 bars. However, I think that I will make 14 (the amount that this recipe makes) next time. I haven't had any trouble with freezing them over a week (they've been gone by the end of the week so I don't know about keeping them longer than that but I think they should be okay). You can download the PDF or print the recipe below. Hope you enjoy them!

<p>These sound great! For those of us who don't have a food processor, would almond meal be a decent shortcut instead of whole almonds?</p>
That should be fine. However, some of the ingredients (pecans, dates) may need to be chopped first. Also, they may not stick together as nicely. I would love to know if it works!

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