{no-bake} Fudge Brownie Bars

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We had a fantastic weekend glamping.

Yes, I said glamping.

When you have temperature control, 2 tvs (we did not watch any thank you very much), running water (wahoo),a coffee maker, and a microwave (also did not use), you cannot consider yourself camping.

Mountain air, a rushing river, and evenings spent around a campfire are truly some of the best things on earth.

However, after a weekend of hot dogs, burgers, chips, and way too many marshmallows I am ready for some nutrition.

These brownie bars are my version of a larabar.
Sweet, delicious, and so easy to put together.

They are also quite nutritious.
Of course, they don’t taste exactly like a brownie, (especially if you ask my kids),  but they are seriously chocolaty!

All you need is:
1 cup of pitted dates (I used medjool  dates from Trader Joe’s)
1 cup of almond meal (you could use plain almonds, or walnuts, and I do plan on trying them with peanuts, but I had almond meal at home)
4 tbsp of cocoa powder
and 2 tsp of vanilla

blend everything together in a food processor

using parchment paper, wax paper, or plastic wrap, form into a rectangle (or square if you are so inclined)

cut into bars (I made 4) using a sharp knife or pizza cutter

wrap and store in the fridge.

A sweet you can feel good about enjoying!

Hope you all had a terrific weekend:)