Monday, June 10, 2013

Nut, Seed, Fruit Bars

I was searching Pinterest, desperately trying to find some healthy snacks and came across this. I love it because it has protein from the nuts, no sugar (since I used dried fruit without it) and a lot of nutrition from the seeds and good oil! Plus these are extremely versatile so you can make them with whatever you have on hand!
2 1/2 cups nuts and seeds (I use 1/2 cup of cashews, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds 
                                            and a 1/4 cup sesame seeds and sunflower seeds)
1 cup dried fruits (I use 1/2 cup dates and 1/2 cup raisins)
1/4 cup coconut (I use dried unsweetened)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup almond butter (could use peanut butter or cashew butter if desired) 
1/3 cup honey (I use raw)
1 tsp. vanilla extract (you could use other kinds to vary the flavor if desired)
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Place all nuts/seeds in your food processor.

Add dried fruit and coconut
Pulse until everything is chopped
Place the rest of the ingredients in a sauce pan and warm on low JUST until combined (you don't want to heat it too much, cuz heat kills enzymes that you want).
Pour liquid mixture over your fruit, nut, seed mixture
Mix until everything is combined!
Place into a wax paper lined pan
 Press down firmly
 Place in refrig just until cold to make sure it sticks together well. Cut into bar size pieces!
Store in the refrig or the freezer in an air tight container with wax paper in-between, or wrap individually for an easy snack on the run!!

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