These bars are not cooked. They are kept in the freezer until the day I need them. I modified the original recipe from the March 2009 issue of Outside magazine. These are just a bit cheaper than the commercial products, have no additives, and taste really good.
1 and 1/2 pounds chopped dates
3 Tbsp. maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp Grand Marnier
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 c dried cranberries, raisins
1/4 c chopped pecans, 1/4 c chopped walnuts
1/2 c home made granola
1. Chop up dates, combine with maple syrup, vanilla, Grand Marnier, salt, spices. Stir in the rest.
2. Sandwiched between parchment paper, roll out mixture until uniform 1/2 inch thick.
3. Chill in freezer for 15 minutes, then cut into bars