As much as I love summer, I’m getting ready for fall as it slowly creeps up on us. While the sun is still shining bright, I can’t help but swoon over pumpkin recipes and school lunch classics (I’m looking at you, PB & J). This snack bar is made from delicious, nutrient-dense ingredients that are all Whole 30 approved, vegan and gluten free. Instead of using peanut butter, this healthy recipe calls for almond butter to make it Whole 30 compliant. I can, however, vouch that subbing peanut butter is super delish. These are perfect to pack for lunch or a snack on the go. Throw away those high-carb, high-sugar, guilt-accompanying PB & J’s and try this recipe!

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Ingredients:
 makes 6 bars
 — 1 cup pitted Medjool dates

— 1 cup raw cashews

— 1/2 cup shredded coconut

— 1/2 cup almond butter (or substitute with peanut butter if not Whole 30)

— 1/2 cup berry chia jam **

** This is a super easy and healthy way to make jam. Simply heat on low 1/2 cup of mixed berries in a pot. Once berries are soft, mash them with a fork. Remove from heat and add two tablespoons chia seeds. Mix well and let cool in the fridge!

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Instructions:

1. Start by making berry chia jam. Instructions are explained in the notes. Let cool in the fridge while prepping the other ingredients!

2. Add all ingredients to a blender (minus berry chia jam) and blend until cashews and dates are in tiny pieces.

3. Add water one tablespoon at a time to make the mixture more dough-like.

4. Pour mixture into a bread loaf pan or brownie pan and push around until there is a smooth, even layer.

5. Remove berry chia jam from the fridge and spread across the top. You can fold in the jam or keep it as a top layer.

6. Place in the fridge for 4-6 hours (or overnight) to set. They can be eaten prior to this, but they will stay more intact if you wait! That is, if you can wait ;)

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Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until dates and cashews are in tiny pieces. Add water one tablespoon at a time to make the mixture more dough-like.

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Pour mixture in pan. I used a bread loaf pan, which worked great!

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Spread mixture evenly. Add berry chia jam on top and make an even layer. This can be folded in as well!

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Let set in the fridge for 4-6 hours or overnight.

These will keep in the fridge for about a week!

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Snack time! They taste as yummy as they look.

Cut into squares for bite-size snacks on the go!

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This is the perfect snack for a guilt-free pick me up.

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