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Chocolate Chia Walnut Bars

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A raw, easy, yummy vegan dessert; see Happy Healthy Librarian's Chocolate Chia Walnut Bars.

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups pitted Medjool dates (be sure all pits are gone!)
1/3 cup raw usweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup whole chia seeds
3/4 tsp vanilla extract, optional
1 cup raw walnut pieces
Oat flour for dusting

Instructions
1.  Place dates in bowl of food processor; puree until thick paste forms.  If the dates are on the dry side, you may need to add small amounts of warm water to moisten them up.
2.  Add cocoa powder, chia seeds, and vanilla.  Pulse until all ingredients are combined.
3. Add walnuts; pulse until nuts are finely chopped and well distributed through date mixture.
4. Spread large sheet of wax paper on work surface, and dust with oat flour.
5.  Transfer date mixture to wax paper, and press mixture into 1/2 inch thick rectangle.  Wrap tightly with the waxed paper, and then with foil.  Chill overnight.
6.  Unwrap block, and cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator--they keep for days!

Soy Curls

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My friend Judi totally loves these soy curls.

I made her vegan bacon version of these and liked them; Larry thought they were too sweet. Next time I'll cut down the maple syrup.

Judi gave me a bite of her Indian fusion recipe with soy curls (she raves about that one) and it was very good. I need to try making that one, or use them in another Indian dish; no sweetness there!

Vegan Jam Cookies

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Adapted from Life-changing Vegan Thumbprint Cookies. I halved this recipe, used a combination of walnut pieces and sliced almonds (NOT ground up), and added a little flax meal. Note: It's hard to get these to stick together as balls when you put them on the cookie sheet; the dough wants to stick to your hands instead of to itself. You can add a little more water, or put a little oil on your fingers when you form the packed cookies. Or just grind up the nuts (so they aren't pieces) and there will be less texture (and less falling apart when you try to pack them into balls).

Makes 2 dozen cookies.

Ingredients
1/2 cup walnut pieces
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 cup oats
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup flax meal (optional)
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup maple syrup
Assorted jams of your choice.

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350. Line 2 cookie sheets with silicon liners or parchment paper. Grind 1 1/2 cup of oats into a flour. Combine walnuts, almonds, oats, oat flour,…