Raw Fruit n’ Nut Energy Bars
March 21, 2014 1098 Views
If you know me (or know anything about my Blog), you’ll know that I am a HUGE energy bar fan…especially homemade energy bars! One might disagree, but I personally think these raw snacks are THE perfect snack! They’re a hearty (healthy) snack that’ll keep kids (and moms and dads!!) going throughout the day.
This most recent recipe has become my new fave (but then again, I say that EVERY time I come up with a new energy bar flavour combination!)
Mmm, now how can I describe THESE particular bars?
How about; creamy, sweet, crunchy, savoury, hearty, fruity, nutty, decadent, HEALTHY?!
Yup. That pretty much sums it up!
(Yields about 8 3 x 3 inch bars-depending how you portion them)
1 cup gluten-free oats (or regular oats)
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup sliced almonds (or nut of choice)
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raw pistachios
2 tbs. chia seeds
1/4 cup ground flax
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt (optional)
1/2 cup Medjool dates
1/2 golden raisins (or other dried fruit)
1/2 cup raw honey or other liquid sweetener
scant 1 cup organic almond butter
Pulse all the dry ingredients (i.e., the first seven ingredients) in a large food processor until combined. (DO NOT blend them until they are completely pulverized!)
Add the dates and drizzle in the honey and almond butter evenly. (I do so in a circular motion to ensure it spreads evenly-this is to avoid some parts of the batter being too sticky and others too dry!).
The mixture should be crumbly but still pack together easily.
Pour the mixture into a 12 x 5.5 x 2 inch biscotti pan lined with parchment paper and press down firmly with your fingers to ensure the mixture is evenly spread and compact (The bars will be about an inch thick).
Place in the fridge and allow to set for 4-5 hours or until VERY firm.
Cut according to desired size. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
I prefer storing them in the freezer. I simply remove them from the freezer at “snack time”, allow them to sit for a few minutes and then dig in!
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