Tuesday, July 2, 2013

no bake chocolate nut bars






Eden has declared that these are her current "hand's-down favourite" treats. We made them twice on our evacuation sleepover so I think it is safe to say that she isn't alone in liking these. A lot. I can't think of another single thing to say about them. End of story.

.....Actually I can think of a little bit more to say about these - in fact to not say this little bit more would be a disservice. Not only are they super yummy and really quick and easy to make, they are pretty packed with protein and a good dose of healthy fats. Don't buy granola bars - make these or something like them instead. If you stock your pantry with healthy basics like these ingredients it is such a trip and so easy to make something this good (in every respect) for the people you love. Empowering really.

no bake chocolate nut bars 
(adapted from O magazine)

1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup almond butter
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp pure vanilla
1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup chopped dried cherries
1 cup quick cooking rolled oats

Combine honey, coconut oil, almond butter, sea salt, vanilla and cinnamon in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir over heat just until the coconut oil is melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a bowl stir together the almonds, pecans, chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, dried cherries, and rolled oats. Pour the honey,oil, almond butter mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until well mixed. Press into an 8 x 8 inch pan that has been lined with a parchment paper sling. Refrigerate until firm and cut into bars.

1 comment:

Katie said...

Definitely trying these! I want to make everything you post. Have you had a look at Gwyneth Paltrow's new cookbook? It's up your alley. I've made two of the salads from it and they're awesome!

I usually make this granola bar recipe (exchanging coconut sugar for brown sugar): http://kitchassist.com/recipes/gluten-free-no-bake-granola-bars

But I like that this one you posted has more nuts and good stuff in it.