First, I grind nuts and seeds together to form a hearty, coarse nut “flour”. To this I stir in some whole seeds, raisins, salt and a touch of cinnamon. Honey and melted coconut oil are poured over it, and the mixture is then baked in the oven. Once cooled and cut, these delicious nut bars are devoured quickly if you aren’t careful! They are in that “almost too good” category, where it’s hard to eat just one.
My husband has been traveling this summer just a bit, so I have been trying to come up with some new portable recipes. I think this one fits the bill nicely! I think it will also work great for the school year. It’s the perfect bar to replace those mostly nasty granola bars (full of bad ingredients) or those super expensive health food bars.
And thanks everyone, for participating in another week of Pennywise Platter Thursday! I’ve just been loving the great ideas and tips!
Delicious Honey Nut Bars
You will need a food processor for this recipe (or a powerful blender). I am sure that you can play around with what nuts you use, though the following combination is delicious! I started with raw nuts, as toasting nuts is supposed to remove enzyme inhibitors in nuts and I hoped that they would be toasted enough to accomplish the job. Though you are welcome to start with soaked and dehydrated nuts!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease (with coconut oil) a 9 x 13 casserole dish. Grind the following nuts into a coarse nut flour. Don’t let it turn into nut butter!
1/2 cup cashews
1 cup of pumpkin seeds
1 cup of almonds
Put into a medium size bowl and stir in the following.
1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pf pumpkin seeds
1 cup of raisins
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Melt in a small saucepan:
1/2 cup of honey
1/4 cup high quality coconut oil
Pour honey/oil over the nut mixture and stir until everything is evenly coated with it. Press evenly into the prepared casserole dish and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until it is lightly browned on top.
Allow to cool for 20 minutes, then very gently cut and remove bars and allow to cool on a plate. They will be crumbly at this stage, but I found that if they started to fall apart, I could gently mold them back together (the honey acts like a glue). As they cool they will harden. Once cool, place in an airtight container and enjoy!