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strawberry macadamia coconut date raw bars


I've been making breakfast smoothies for a few months now with really good ripe sweet strawberries and in the back of my mind I keep thinking now is the time to make a strawberry pie or something delicious with strawberries for dessert one night.  Enter these quick to make using a food processor for the date crust part- no bake strawberry macadamia coconut date bars. The best thing, besides they taste great are the 'quick and no bake parts'. Such a great healthy way to make a dessert creation using strawberries during their sweet summer season. These bars should be cut and served right after making.

Strawberry Macadamia Coconut Date Bars

makes an 8" square pan of 16-20 bars
spray baking pan lightly with a non stick baking spray

16 ounces strawberries, sliced
9 ounces whole dates, pit dates
1/3 cup macadamia nuts, chopped, plus extra for sprinkling on top
2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes, plus extra for sprinkling on top
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons honey, for drizzling

Place the dates, macadamia nuts, coconut flakes and salt in food processor, process until mixture is blended and sticks together.
Press the date mixture into an 8" square non stick pan, making an even layer.
Evenly distribute the strawberry slices on top and firmly press into date mixture layer.
Drizzle with honey, sprinkle with coconut and chopped macadamia nuts.
Place the pan in the fridge for 20 minutes to firm up before slicing.
Carefully slice into bars, they will be rustic looking, the first one I cut fell apart and then the rest came out nicely.  These bars are best served right away.





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