These nut free paleo bars are slightly sweet and surprisingly nutty, with a texture that is both chewy and crunchy. Made with seeds, dried fruit, sunbutter and honey, they take 15 minutes to prepare plus about an hour to chill.
Slice the figs into 1/2" pieces and then place the figs, cherries, sunflower seeds and pepitas into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the fruit and seeds are minced and start to come together (mine took about 9 pulses).
Scrape the nut and seed mixture into a mixing bowl and add the hemp, sesame and flax. Using a wooden spoon, gently mix the ingredients together.
Prepare the wet ingredients. Place the sunbutter and honey in a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Whisk the sunbutter and honey until incorporated, then whisk in the vanilla and cinnamon.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together thoroughly. The best tool to to use is your (clean) hands, but you can also use a spatula. Pour the bar mixture into the prepared baking dish, and press firmly to fill to the edges, then smooth out the top. Dust with 1/2 - 1 tsp. maldon sea salt and chill for 1 hour. Cut into 9 equal squares and enjoy! These can be store layered in parchment paper for at least 2 weeks in the fridge.
Total recipe time does not include 1-hour chilling.