Simple, quick to make and so delicious. Make them into bars, balls or cookies – just don’t forget them, your tummy will be sad mid-hike if you leave ’em at home.
Cherry Almond Bars
- 1 cup Dried Cherries, plus more for topping
- ½ cup Medjool dates, pitted (about 8)
- 1 cup slivered almonds, plus more for rolling
- 1 tsp pure almond extract
- Pinch fine sea salt
Grind the cherries and dates together till smooth in a food processor. Add in almonds, process until chunky, add almond extract and salt, process until smooth (it will ball up).
Flatten between sheets of parchment paper or plastic wrap, cut into desired shapes, or make balls instead.
Crumble up some more slivered almonds, roll bars or balls in them. Press additional cherries on top.
To make the “cookie” shapes, roll balls in the almonds, place a cherry on top and gently flatten with thumb.
Store tightly covered in refrigerator till trail time. Carry wrapped or in a small container.
The cherries I use do not have sulfites, look for naturally dried cherries. Medjool dates are sold in the produce section. Costco carries them at a good price. Same with the slivered almonds, look at Costco or Trader Joe’s for best prices.