GF/V Sesame-Almond Energy Bars

I was going to make the photo to the right smaller, but it's just too pretty in my opinion. I do my best to keep the chitter-chatter brief when it comes to food posting, because I don't know about you, but I'm more 'eat' and less 'read' when it comes to these things, but I have to say, on the topic of pretty photos, that i've been taking more photos of 'life' and it's actually quite therapeutic. I mean I know taking photos is enjoyable, I did it for a living for a while there, but away from the projects and deadlines and posing there is something supremely beautiful about the quiet of a kitchen and the click of your shutter capturing light that only you, only once, only in that very moment in all of eternity will witness. Hallelujah. On to the good eats. This is another #selfcontrolisafruitofthespirit recipe. I feel like I should chant that while making them because I spend half the prep time eating the ingredients (especially at the almond/cherry mix part).

Ingredients: (makes six squares...if you don't eat all the ingredients first)

2 cups Raw Organic Ground Almonds (Use the leavins from your Almond Milk+!)
1 cup Raw White Sesame Seeds
1 cup Dried Tart Cherries
6 Dates (you might not need them all!)
1/2 teaspoon Course Sea Salt
4 tablespoons Raw Coconut Butter
3 tablespoons Raw Honey (Local+)

Preheat your oven to 325 and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Toss your almond grinds (or if they aren't already ground, do so in a food processor) in the oven for about 15 minutes, mixing around eery so often to avoid burning.
When those are done and cooling put your sesame seeds in the oven for 8-10 minutes (these suckers burn within 30 seconds so keep and eye on em).
In a food processor mix your toasted almonds, cherries and dates until they form a sticky ball or at least start to coagulate.
If they aren't grouping at all add a few dates at a time until they do.
Place the sesame seeds in a medium bowl and add your fruit and nut mix to it.
Add Salt, Coconut Butter and Honey to the bowl and like a child, because it's FUN!, mix until well combined (the mixture should stick together when squeezed).
Dump the mixture onto a parchment lined baking pan and form into a large square (about 1/2 thick), little balls, heart shapes, or unicorns if your heart so desires. Whatever you think will make them taste better, then pop them in the fridge for about an hour to let them harden..

Remove, Slice, Share & ENJOY!

(keep em refrigerated if you're not planning on sharing them that day. apparently they freeze well, too, as I make them for my boss every monday and she freezes them for the week!)