Nutty Fruit Bars

1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup dried dates, pitted and roughly chopped

1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup dried apricots, roughly chopped
1/4 cup dried figs, roughly chopped

1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup desiccated coconut

Yields 8-10
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Preheat oven to 150C (300F). Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Pour fruit juice over dates and let soak for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, place nuts, apricots, and figs in a food processor and pulse a few times until coarsely chopped. Add dates with orange juice and pulse until mixture starts to stick together. Transfer the mixture to a bowl. Add cranberries, coconut and seeds, kneading the batter until all is well incorporated.
Use the prepared baking sheet as surface and fill large cookie cutters with the batter. Gently remove the cutter to keep the bars in shape. Repeat until all batter is used up.

Bake 10-12 minutes. Using a heatproof spatula, gently turn bars over and bake another 10-12 minutes, or until nuts are toasted (but before fruit begins to burn). Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
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