Happy Valentine's Day! If you think that you don't have a special someone in your life, I'm sorry to inform you that you're wrong. You have yourself. *smile* If you're a single gal (or guy) this Valentine's Day, take it upon yourself to...

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Watch a bunch of Parks and Rec episodes (especially if you haven't seen it...so funny). Enjoy your favorite movie, eat your favorite food, cuddle with your favorite non-human friend, buy yourself a little treat...or just maybe make yourself some of these delicious homemade Larabars? Pretty soon V-Day will be your favorite holiday too.

Anywho, onto these bars. Remember the Birdseed Cookies I made a few weeks back? Well, I made cookie dough "Larabars"...but Birdseedized! What's more awesome than that?

Produce On Parade - Birdseed Cookie Dough Larabars

I don't know why I seem to suddenly have an aversion to making actual, proper dinners. Poor Todd. Or maybe not? Excitedly, I had him taste these bars thinking he might not like them (I thought perhaps there was too much nutmeg) and his face lit up with, to my shock, sheer joy. "These are really good!" I was thrilled! 

These homemade date and cashew cookie dough larabars are studded with millet, sesame and sunflower seeds. Sweet, crunchy, chewy and sure to give you a boost of energy!

Birdseed Cookie Dough Larabars

Makes 8 bars

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 13 dates (about 1 cup tightly packed), pitted
  • 1/2 -1 Tbsp. water
  • 1 tsp. agave nectar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • small grating of fresh nutmeg
  • scant 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp. millet, dry
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds

In a food processor, pulse the cashews and sunflower seeds until they are large granules (medium chopped).

Produce On Parade - Birdseed Cookie Dough Larabars Produce On Parade - Birdseed Cookie Dough LarabarsAdd in all the remaining ingredients except for the chocolate chips, millet and sesame seeds. Pulse until well combined. 

Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the last three ingredients. 

Press firmly into a 9x9 inch baking dish and freeze for about 15 minutes. 

Produce On Parade - Birdseed Cookie Dough LarabarsSlice into eight bars. Wrap in plastic wrap if you like and store in freezer. The bars tend to break apart if not frozen. 

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