In my quest to come up with vegan trail food, I took a shot at making my version of Larabars which have very simple ingredient lists. I noticed that usually the first ingredient are dates (probably to hold the bar together), with the second usually being some kind of nut. My formula ended up like this;
1.5 cups pitted dates
1 cup nuts
salt to taste if using raw or unsalted nuts
First put the nuts into the food processor and grind for about 30 seconds. Then add the dates (make sure they are pitted!), then process until well well mixed. It seems to be easier for me if I do the nuts first for 30 sec.
So far the family favorites are cashews and peanuts. Macademia and pistacheo nuts seem too come out too oily. Have not tried any other nuts yet.