Citrus Walnut Bars

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2016/07/05 by nikkiledford

Pro Tip: Walnuts are really cheap right now. Everywhere I go I see per pound pricing that I could only dream about a few short years ago. So go out and stock up on those tasty little nut-ggets!

While you’re at it make some of these great walnut recipes! Your belly and wallet will be happy you did.

Pesto Gazpacho

Walnut Raisin Cookies

Lemon Walnut Pesto

While staring at my pantry full of walnuts I felt the sudden need to make some copycat Lara Bars using some bright and refreshing citrus zest! So I rummaged out my microplane and made these tasty, summery bars.

Not only are they a really delicious summer snack, they are also chock full of dates. Dates have been recently studied for their effects on potentially shortening labor times during childbirth. Well heck…in that case, I may eat the whole pan. Countdown to the baby’s arrival is on, so you can find me in the kitchen concocting as many date recipes as I can manage 🙂

Happy Eating!

Citrus Walnut Bars

Citrus Walnut Bars

2 c. walnuts
1 1/2 c. dates, pitted
1/4 lemon, zested
1/4 orange, zested
2 Tbsp. chia seeds
salt to taste

  1. In a food processor, blend walnuts until crumbled.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and process until sticky.
  3. Press into a flat square tupperware and chill to harden.
  4. Cut into bars.

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1. It's generally cheaper.
2. It tastes way better.
3. Easy to do in a vitamix or food processor. Just have patience because you're not making a smoothie, you're grinding nuts until they release their oils and smooth out.
Need another reason to make your own? 
4. Customization
This batch had a touch of vanilla and cinnamon and I can easily control the amount of saltiness.
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