Dark Cherry Chocolate Larabars

Ingredients:

1/2 c. Raw Almonds

1/2 c. Dried Cranberries

1/2 c. Dried Tart Cherries

1/2 c. Dried Dates (pits removed)

1/4-1/2 c. Chocolate chips

*Note: fruit is not to be tightly packed in measuring cup.

Instructions:

Grind  1 c. raw almonds in processor until finely ground, but have not turned into nut butter. Add dried cranberries, dried cherries, and dried dates, then process until mixture becomes cookie-dough consistency. This will take a while, and as tempting as it is, do not add water to the mixture.

Turn off the processor, remove the dough, and knead in the chocolate ships by hand or with a spoon. Pack the dough into a small lightly oiled container, and place in the fridge. Or, you can mold it by hand, wrap it in plastic wrap, and place it in the fridge.

After about 1-2 hrs, you can remove it from the fridge and cut it into small bars. You can also dust the bars with tapioca starch/flour so that they do not stick.