Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Larabar Inspired Bars

I've been making these home made granola bars every week for a couple months now, but when my Mr. came home from work talking about trying Larabars for the first time, I decided it was high time I make them. Since my college years, I have been pondering the thought of finding a copy-cat recipe and making them, but until now, I did not own an industrial-sized tub of pitted dates (thank you Costco).

Since the Mr. and I are far more than mildly addicted to peanut butter, I scouted out a peanut butter recipe for the job, naturally.

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Larabar Inspired Bars
makes about 1 1/2 to 2 dozen, depending on size

-1 3/4 cup pitted dates

-1 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy, both work)
-1/2 cup peanuts (salted or unsalted, both work)
-2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or non-stick baking mat.

2. Process all ingredients in food processor a minute or so until all ingredients are well blended.
3. Roll or press into cookies or bars and place on lined baking sheet...or grab a spoon. This stuff is good.

adapted from this recipe by Chocolate Covered Katie
any remaining dough can be stored at room temperature, in the fridge or in the freezer, that is, if any dough remains.
optional substitutions...
-peanut butter: any other nut or seed butter
-peanuts: any other nut

Mangia! Mangia!