Buzzed Nut Energy Bars

crumbs everywhere

I am going to start with a negative.  I do not like to make messes.  I also do not like crumbs.  I especially do not like recipes that create a mess of crumbs.  I probably would never have made these energy bars again if my husband did not express how much he enjoyed them.  And sometimes, for love, you can over come a kitchen full of crumbs.

gather these things
2 cups walnuts
1/2 cup hazelnuts
3 cups date paste
1 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp espresso powder or ground coffee
1/2 cup chocolate chips
pinch sea salt

do this
zoom half your nuts in the food processor until crumbs and set aside
if you have a small processor, split your crumbly nuts, salt, date paste, and espresso into two batches and zoom until they are one
if you have a large processor you can add all your crumbly nuts, espresso, salt and date paste and zoom until they are one
take your crumbly nut/date paste and fold in you remaining nuts, and chocolate chips
place into a wax paper lined baking dish and squish into a bar
add weights to the top and let sit overnight to set
the next day, remove from the baking dish and cut into squares

energy nut bars

I find a lot of inspiration on Pinterest, these are a riff on a recipe by the Minimalist Baker.

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