Grain-Free Nut Bars

 Grain-Free Nut Bars :: Blooming on Bainbridge
I love a healthy bar for breakfast, or any time of the day for that matter.
Bars are great for pre & post workout snacks.
One thing I've learned over the years is that not all "nutrition bars" are created equal. Many of the bars promoted as being nutritious are loaded with added sugars, carbs and calories. I've been conscious of reading the ingredients listed on bars and have determined that Kind Bars and Larabar Uber are my favorite store bought healthy bars. Mostly because they're made of dried fruits and nuts keeping the carbs and sugar lower than many other bars.
Best way to guarantee that you're fueling your body with pure and whole nutrients is to make healthy bars at home. That way you're in control of what's in the bar.
Plus it's so much fun to fuel your body with something you've made yourself. Right? ;)
Grain-Free Nut Bars :: Blooming on Bainbridge
These Nut Bars are as healthy as it gets.
Raw nuts and seeds, unsweetened dried fruit and healthy oils will put a SPARKLE on your face while fueling and replenishing your body as it grows fit and strong!
Here's what these healthy bars are made of:
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Grain-Free Nut Bars
Makes around 15 bars.
1 cup raw walnuts
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 cup raw macadamia nuts
1/2 cup raw pepita seeds (pumpkin seeds)
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup unsweetened dried cheeries
1/4 cup unsweetened dried blueberries
1/2 cup unsweetened dried apricots
almost 1/2 cup walnut oil
1/3 cup organic grade B maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon (or just a bit more) sea salt
Preheat oven to 350.
You'll need a large bowl for tossing ingredients.
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Begin by sprinkling the seeds with a sprinkle of sea salt. Toast the seeds for 5 minutes at 350 degrees.
Set seeds aside after toasting.
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Turn oven down to 250 degrees.
Pop the nuts and coconut flakes in the food processor.  photo 0a16_zpsb481bbe4.jpg Pulse about 10 times until nuts are ground.
It's okay if there are some big pieces of nut. This adds texture to the bars.  photo 0a23_zps0ce4fad1.jpg Pour ground nuts & coconut into bowl.  photo 0a25_zps3ee7a123.jpg Pop the fruit into food processor.  photo 0a17_zpscdd8a23b.jpg  photo 0a70_zpsa4a66f61.jpg Pulse fruit several times just enough to chop into bits.
Pour in bowl.  photo 0a26_zps6265ac23.jpg Add the seeds.  photo 0a28_zps8a505392.jpg Toss it up a bit and set aside.
Now it's time to mix the liquid that will hold the bars together.  photo 0a31_zps0e88de18.jpg Add walnut oil, maple syrup, sea salt and vanilla to a small container.
Give it a stir.  photo 0a32_zps21acc198.jpg Pour the liquid in the bowl and toss to coat nuts, seeds and fruit.  photo 0a36_zps6f2e397f.jpg How yummy does that look.  photo 0a37_zpsee572969.jpg So good and healthy too!
Pour the mix in a baking 9 x 12 baking dish.  photo 0a39_zpsed5cef49.jpg Pat it down as much as it will go.
This helps the bars to hold together when removing from pan.  photo 0a40_zps4f12a412.jpg Bake at 250 for 50 minutes.
Right before taking out of the oven, turn up to 350 and bake for 5-10 minutes being careful not to burn the bars.  photo 0a41_zps8ef433e1.jpg Remove from oven and cool for 2-3 hours.
Cut into bars. If the bars aren't quite holding together, place them on a baking sheet.
Bake for 5-10 more minutes at 350 degrees.  photo 0a50_zps15a53c78.jpg I know.
This seems like a lot of trouble for a bar.
Trust me. These bars are worth getting them just right. Store the bars in a cool place in an air-tight container. I've been keeping the bars in the fridge.
Wrap in strips of parchment paper & twine if sharing with friends. Grain-Free Nut Bars :: Blooming on Bainbridge Just so you know. 
Several health conscious foodies on the island taste-tested these bars and absolutely loved them.
Greg says they are much better than any store-bought bars.
Fabulous with a little yogurt or perfect before or after a good workout.
You're going to love these. I'll be sharing more healthy bar recipes in the weeks ahead.
Very much worth the extra effort to make homemade bars.
Happy Week to you all!
Shine bright and SPARKLE big!
xo
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6 comments:

  1. LOVE THIS! I'm going to try these out this week. Thank you! :)

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    1. Hi Sweet Annie!
      These are so good! Crumbled one up in a yogurt parfait yesterday. ;)
      Perfect for post yoga snack.
      xo

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  2. CANNOT WAIT TO MAKE THESE!!! You KNOW I love a bar for breakfast! These look PERFECT!

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    1. Girlie!
      These are SO good! Perfect for post-barre snack!
      Making another batch of these today!
      xo Why aren't we neighbors! ;)

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  3. I'll be making these, yes I will! Just as the recipe states although I'm wondering something. My grand daughters and I have been making granola together. They love it as a snack, on their yogurt and on their porridge. I'm wondering if I made a batch of these, adding oats and not bake would they make a good granola for the girls too?

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    1. Paula.
      First of all. How much do I love the "fairy-tale" idea of porridge. You know. Goldilocks and the Three Bears. ;)
      Here's what I would do.
      Add the oats but lay the mix out on a cookie sheet in crumbles and bake at 250 for almost an hour.
      I may do this today but without the oats.
      Let me know how it turns out.
      And. I heart you for your sweet emails. xoxoxo

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