Place the dates, vegan protein, peanut or almond butter, water, spices and salt in a food processor and blend until it becomes like a paste. Add the cranberries, pistachios and coconut and pulse until these ingredients are blended into the date mixture, but still small, visible pieces of each item appear.
Line a small baking sheet with plastic wrap. Use spatula to scoop the date mixture into the centre of the plastic wrap. Very lightly moisten your hands with cold water, and then press and form date mixture into a rectangle that’s 6" long, 4" wide, and about 1/2" thick. Wrap the date mixture in the plastic wrap and set in the freezer on the baking sheet for 15 minutes to firm up.
Unwrap the date mixture and set on a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut it into 6, 1" wide bars. Press the edges of the bars together if they’ve frayed a bit during cutting. Individually wrap each bar in plastic wrap or wax paper and keep refrigerated until ready to enjoy. Bars will keep up to a month, if kept refrigerated.
Note: Pitted dates are available in our bulk foods department. Vegan Protein are available in our Vitamins & More department. Before using the sometimes oil-topped natural peanut butter or almond butter, be sure it is well blended.