Cashew Maple Bars

This past weekend was girls weekend.  Nine of us went to the Oregon coast for a few days and spent time relaxing, laying back, watching movies, and reading books.

The weather was rainy off and on with peeks of sunshine.  It was so nice.  And so needed.

Everyone kept saying how great it was to have no agenda for the weekend.  To have a day or two where errands, to-do lists, and obligations were none.

Getting caught up in life is so easy.  Being overwhelmed by all that we have to do and get done each day can be overwhelming.

We all need those days.  Those breaks.  We all need to step out of the busyness and just be with others (or by yourself) for a while.  Its refreshing and renewing.  It offers perspective about what is important in life.

My favorite part of the weekend was dinner on Saturday night.  Nine of us sitting around this small kitchen eating home made chili, arugula salad, and tortilla chips.

Eating together, laughing together, talking about life.  Its one of my favorite things in the world.

And then we started playing games.  Dang it.  I’m not really a game person but my team won so at least I had that.    Once the games started I broke out these cashew maple bars.  They were a hit!

Simple and sweet.  Pure and healthy.  These bars are made up of five ingredients.  Cashews, maple syrup, oats, dates, and cinnamon.  Okay, six if you add a pinch of salt.

At any rate, they are incredibly easy to make and are a great, healthy snack or dessert to have on hand.  Perfect for busy days or ones when you throw out the to-do list all together.

Cashew Maple Bars

Recipe from Shutterbean

Ingredients

  • 10 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup raw oats (I used gluten free)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • coconut oil for pan
  1. In a food processor blend together the dates, cashews, oats, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt for 30 seconds.  Dough will look similar to oatmeal raisin cookie dough.
  2. Transfer to oiled 8 x 8 inch pan.  Press dough into pan with fingers making sure it is even throughout.
  3. Cover with parchment or wax paper and place in freezer for at least 4 hours.
  4. Remove from freezer and cut into 1 in. by 2 in. bars.
  5. Eat a bar right away!  or store in freezer for up to 2 months in an air tight container.  Make sure to store in the freezer otherwise the bars will be sticky and hard to eat.
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