Cinnamon Raisin Squares {grain-free, sugar-free}

Cinnamon Raisin. 

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Whether it be the flavor of homemade cookies, a slice of toast, a cinnamon roll, cereal... there is something immediately comforting about the combination of cinnamon & raisin.

Maybe it's because growing up, my mom made the chewiest oatmeal raisin cookies. And she always made us kids cinnamon raisin bread, toasted with butter. For me, the flavor brings with it memories of home. 

So, it's about time I bring that flavor into my everyday healthy snacks! 

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If you read my blog at all, you'll see my obsession with homemade nut bars. So here I go again, throwing a new variation at you - Cinnamon Raisin

Process the nuts & dates, press in a pan, freeze, cut into squares... then snack happy & healthy.

Cinnamon Raisin Squares 

  • 10 large Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, blend the dates, nuts and cinnamon until finely chopped and just starting to get sticky.  Then, at the end, add in the raisins and pulse a few times to incorporate and roughly chop. 
  2. Line a small baking pan with aluminium foil or parchment paper. Spray with nonstick spray. Press the mixture into the pan and smooth out the top. 
  3. Freeze until hardened, then lift the foil out of the pan, and cut into squares of desired size. 
  4. Store between squares of parchment paper in an airtight container, or wrap each square individually with plastic wrap.  
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My favorite way to eat these squares? For dessert! :)