Cherry Protein Bars: Larabar Copycat
1 1/2 cup walnuts
1 cup dried cherries
8 pitted dates
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1” vanilla bean pod
In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the walnuts until they resemble a course meal. Add in cherries and dates. Pulse until the mixture starts to come together when squeezed by your hand. Pulse in salt, cinnamon, and the seeds on a 1” section of a vanilla bean pod.
Transfer the mixture to a parchment lined loaf pan. Using a rubber spatula or your hands, compact the mixture until firm. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Carefully remove from the pan and cut into bars using a sharp knife. Store the bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The bars can also be wrapped individually in plastic wrap or parchment paper individually after cutting. Store in the refrigerator.