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Raw Chai Bars with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting - photo by Lisa Pitman

Raw Chai Bars

These bars couple the warm, enchanting spices of chai tea with the sweetness of a dessert bar and the healthy goodness of a raw treat!
Course Cookies, Dessert

Ingredients

Base:

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup raw pecans
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt little scant
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • couple pinches ground cardamom
  • few pinches ground cloves about 1/16 tsp
  • 3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean seeds scraped out
  • 1 1/2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest

Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup well packed raw coconut butter (not oil)
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp pure maple syrup or raw agave nectar
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar or freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • couple pinches cinnamon
  • Couple pinches sea salt

Instructions

  1. Line a loaf dish or similarly sized small pan with parchment paper. Place the cashews, dates, and raisins in a food processor. Pulse until the nuts and fruits are crumbly, then add the pecans and the remaining ingredients and process again, scraping down the sides of the bowl a couple of times, until the mixture has come together and becomes sticky (don’t overprocess, as pecans can make mixture too oily if overworked). Transfer the mixture to the prepared loaf dish. Press the mixture firmly into the pan (using a small piece of parchment is easiest). Prepare the frosting: Combine all the ingredients in a mini food processor, or mix very well by stirring in a bowl). Smooth the frosting over the base. Refrigerate for an hour or more until set. Cut into bars or squares and serve!