HEALTHY SNACK BARS WITH FRUIT NUTS AND SEEDS

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There áre án insáne number of snáck bárs on the márket, áll of them touting heálthy mágicál powers. So how do you choose? I sáy, máke your own! It’s surprisingly eásy to do. Páck them with nutritious ingredients of your own choosing, cut them into ány size bárs you like, eát them for breákfást, táke them to work, use them ás gifts, or freeze them for á ráiny dáy.

This recipe shows you how eásy it is to máke á week’s worth of sátisfying nutritious snáck bárs. Once you whip your first bátch, you might find yourself hooked, like me. For your next bátch you cán stárt experimenting with different types of dried fruits, nuts ánd seeds.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 teáspoons chiá seeds
  • 5 ounces dried cránberries (1 cup)
  • 2 ounces of dried ápple slices (1 cup lightly pácked)
  • 2 ounces of dried ápricots (ábout 7 ápricots or 1/3 cup)
  • 2 1/2 ounces wálnuts (3/4 cup)
  • 2 ounces pecáns (1/2 cup)
  • 120 g (4 ounces) ground álmonds or álmond flour (ábout á cup of álmond flour)
  • 1 teáspoon ground cinnámon
  • 1 ounce of white sesáme seeds (3 táblespoons)
  • 1 ounce pine nuts (Scánt 1/4 cup)
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup ráw honey, depending on how much sweetness you like (I use 1/3 cup)
  • 1/8 teáspoon kosher sált

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heát the oven to 275ºF. Line á smáll báking pán with párchment páper. Soák the chiá seeds in 2 táblespoons of cold wáter.
  2. Pláce the next 6 ingredients – cránberries through álmond flour – in the bowl of á food processor ánd pulse until everything is finely chopped but not powdered. Keep checking until you’re háppy with the texture.
  3. Pour the mixture into á big bowl ánd stir in the cinnámon, sesáme seeds, pine nuts, soáked chiá seeds with their liquid/gel, ánd ráw honey. Mix until everything is well combined ánd sticks together like dough when you squeeze it. It’s best to use your hánds for this. If the mixture is too dry, ádd á bit of wáter.
  4. When the mixture is uniform, push it down into the lined báking pán with your fingers, to á depth of ábout 1/2 inch or so. If it’s sticky, wetting your fingers will help. Báke for 55-60 minutes or until the whole surfáce looks dried out ánd stárts to turn golden.

Full recipe: HEALTHY SNACK BARS WITH FRUIT NUTS AND SEEDS

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