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Cherry-almond snackers

Easy-to-make, yet extremely delicious energy bars, made with almonds and cherries.

This easy recipe idea is great for when you head out the door for a walk or bike ride. Plus, they’re packed with energy to fuel you along the way and are very digestible so they won’t weigh you down. Be sure to pack one for the trip back!


  • 2 tbsp oat flour
  • ½ cup/85 g pitted moist dates
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • ½ cup/85 g dried cherries
  • ¼ cup/30 g sliced almonds, toasted


1 Oil a 9-by-5-in (or 23-by-12-cm) loaf pan and sprinkle with about 1 tbsp of the flour.

In a food processor, combine the dates and almond butter and process until smooth. Add the cherries and process again until smooth.

3 Scrape the mixture into a medium bowl. Add the almonds and knead them in.

4 Transfer to the prepared pan and, using wet hands, press in an even layer. Sprinkle the remaining flour evenly over the top. Cover with wax paper and refrigerate until well chilled, about 3 hours.

5 Cut crosswise into 4 bars and wrap them individually. Stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, the bars will keep for about 2 weeks.

Makes 4 bars.

Excerpted from Sweet & Easy Vegan: Treats Made with Whole Grains and Natural Sweeteners by Robin Asbell. Copyright © 2012. Photography by Joseph De Leo. Excerpted with permission from Chronicle Books. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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