Cherry Hemp Nib Bars and a new beginning.


So many changes are ahead that I feel the need to get it all out there somehow.
My job of 7 years is coming to an end June 1st. I am so excited for the new opportunities that have been coming my way yet somehow I am a little sad to let go of what has been my life for so long.
As I go in to sign for my severance package my boyfriend will be 1000 miles away in another state starting his first day at his new job. The timing is uncanny! There is no time to think it through we are just moving forward.
I am nervous about leaving the pacific northwest and extremely excited to explore our new home-base of San Diego!
At the same time I have decided to build my own business! I have been fortunate enough to find a great entrepreneurial community here in Eugene. I have gotten so much support and advice from the members of my group. I am so grateful to the Fertilab program! I hope I can connect with a similar group down in San Diego.
As my job transitions I find myself gravitating back to the ideas that led me to create this blog in the beginning- testing and photographing recipes!
I can see by the title - Symphonious Sweets - and the content contained in earlier posts and the direction I now face with food that it is time for a new name. Something that can encompass more than the cakes and desserts that kicked off my early blogging. I love raw plant based foods. I want to share healthy recipes as well as decadent sweets.
Has anyone else gone through this with a blog? is it best to just start over? I love Symphonious Sweets for all the blog friends I met and the opportunities that came out of food blogging.

This recipe perfectly exemplifies my transitory state of mind! Sweet but healthy. Easy to pack. Quick to make.


Cherry Hemp Nib Bars
Hemp Seeds are considered a  complete source of protein, amino acids, and essential fats. The seeds are easy to digest and contain Omega 3s which can help with memory and cognition.
1/2   cup     pecans raw
3/4   cup     almonds raw
1/4   cup     dates, pitted
1/8     Tbsp   Hemp Seeds Raw
1/2   cup   Cherries, dried
1/4   cup   Cocao Nibs
1     tsp   vanilla extract
               water if needed


Procedure
1   Place the almonds in a food processor and pulse until pea size.
2   Add the pecans, dates, hemp, cherries and vanilla to the food processor.
3   Pulse the ingredients until it begins to hold together.
4   Toss in the nibs and pulse just to combine.
5   If the mixture is crumbly add up to 1 tablespoon of water. Pulse again.
6   If you add to much water you may add more pecans.
7   Press the mixture  into a plastic wrapped pan. I use a bread pan because I like thicker bars but any  pan will work.
8   Wrap the mixture and press some more!
9   Place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Cut into bar sizes.
Processing Time: 20 minutes
Inactive Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes


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