Energy bars

Go-to treat: Once you get a feel for how these bars are made, you can start experimenting with your own combinations of fruits, nuts, and grains. You won't find bars this good at the store. (Emma Christensen/TMS)

Remove the bars from the pan by lifting on the parchment. Cut into bars. Wrap each in wax paper or plastic. Store at room temperature for up to a week.

Raw cherry-almond bars

Makes 8 large or 16 small bars

1 cup (about 10 whole) dates, pitted
1 cup almonds
1 cup dried cherries

Combine all the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse several times to combine the ingredients. Break up the dates if they have clumped together, then run continuously until a ball begins to form.

Transfer the ball to the counter and pat into an 8 inch by 8 inch square. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate until firm. Cut into bars. Wrap each bar in wax paper or plastic. Store refrigerated for up to a week or frozen for up to three months. (Bars will still be chewy straight from the freezer.)

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