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If you have been through the Total30 diet plan, you know sweets are off-limits. You are not allowed to eat sugar, honey, agave nectar, maple syrup, or any other sugar substitute. This includes Equal, NutraSweet, Stevia, Splenda, etc. After doing some research, I found that dates are about as sweet as you can get. If you add different kinds of nuts, some dried fruit, and a little sunflower seed butter for moisture, you can make snack bars that are very satisfying. I made several versions of these during my 30-day party.
No Cooking Necessary
You read that right. You don’t need to cook these in any way. All you need is the five ingredients pictured above, a food processor, a pan lined with parchment paper and a little time. The first step in all of my recipes is gathering ingredients. I have started preparing too many meals only to find out I was missing a key ingredient. This frustration has taught me to set all ingredients out before beginning.
Prepare the Pan
Set the pan (I used a cake pan) down on a piece of parchment paper. Draw an outline around the pan. Cut the parchment paper along the line drawn to form a circle that fits into the pan as shown above.
Add Almonds to Food Processor
Add Pitted Dates
Add Dried fruit (Blueberries Pictured)
Add Ingredients to Food Processor
To be honest, the hardest part of this recipe is being sure all your ingredients are Whole30 compliant. Be sure the dried fruit does not contain any added sugar or sulfites. Whole Foods has dried fruit that has no added ingredients. Do the same with the dates. The next thing to do is to measure out the dry ingredients and add them to the food processor as shown above.
Pulse to this, then add sunflower seed butter
Ready to press in pan
Next just pulse the nuts dates and dried fruit until well mixed. Add 2 tablespoonfuls of sunflower seed butter (or almond butter) . This adds moisture and makes it possible to press into your pan.
Pour into pan when well mixed
Press into pan and refrigerate to set
Press mixture into your pan and refrigerate. I told you this was easy. Sweet, healthy, yummy blueberry bars.
No-Bake Blueberry Almond Whole 30 Snack Bars
- Food processor
- Cake Pan
- Parchment paper
- 1 cup Raw Almonds
- 1 cup Raw cashews
- 1 cup Pitted dates
- 1 cup Dried blueberries May use any dried fruit that DOES NOT contain added sweeteners or sulfites. Read labels closely
- 2 tbsp sunflower seed butter could substitute almond better
- Place cake pan on parchment paper and draw circle around bottom of pan.
- Cut out circle and place into the bottom of the cake pan and set aside.
- Add Nuts, pitted dates, and dried fruit to the food processor.
- Pulse until well mixed.
- Add sunflower seed butter and mix until moist.
- Press into the lined cake pan and refrigerate.
- Slice into wedges and serve.