Orange Date Bars

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 2 c. pecans, or almonds, or walnuts
  • dash cardamom
  • 1 c. oat flour, or ground flax
  • dash coriander
  • T. pure maple syrup
  • Filling:
  • 2 c. pitted dates, soaked 30-60 minutes in juice
  • 2 T. water
  • Juice of one large orange
  • Zest of one large orange

Instructions

  1. Place nuts in food processor, grind until coarsely ground. Add oat flour pulse to mix. Add cardamom and coriander pulse to mix. Add syrup until mixture holds together. Press ½ of the crust into a 9” square pan. Save half of the crust for later.
  2. Soak dates in the water and orange juice solution for 30-60 minutes. In the food processor, combine the dates with orange juice and zest; puree until smooth. Spread date mixture over the crust. Crumble remaining half of crust over top. Press the mixture down with your hands.
  3. Variations: Use dried apricots, apples, pears, pineapple, figs or peaches (soaked 4 hours) in place of the dates.
http://www.modernmanna.org/bellavegan/raw-recipes/raw-desserts/orange-date-bars/