Snack bars (a recipe!)

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Confession: I am a bar addict.  It started off with Cliff and Luna bars, and then graduated to Lara bars, later progressing to the ever delicious and nutty KIND bars, filled with protein and healthy fats.

In efforts to save some $ while compulsively snacking, I am experimenting with making my own.

Power Crunch Bars

Adapted from this recipe at Power Hungry.

  • 1.5 cups nuts (I used roasted salted almonds, and raw pistachios & walnuts)
  • 1 cup seeds (I used mostly sunflower seeds and pepitas, and a few tablespoons of chia, sesame, and poppy seeds)
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (I used raisins and craisins)
  • 1/4 tsp ground sea salt
  • 1/8 cup honey
  • 1/8 cup brown rice syrup (replace with honey if you want this to be paleo, but know the bars will be less crispy and more sticky)
  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Line an 9-inch square pan with parchment paper (if you use foil, the bars will stick too much) and lightly spray with olive or coconut oil.
  2. Pulse nuts and fruit in food processor a few times until coarsely chopped.
  3. Combine nuts, fruit and seeds into a large bowl.
  4. Pour honey and rice syrup over mixture, mix well.
  5. Scrap mixture onto parchment in pan.  Use a scrap square of parchment to press mixture evenly and firmly down.
  6. Bake 18-20 minutes.
  7. Let cool 20-30 minutes, then cut bars.
  8. Let cool completely, taking bars out of pan and wrapping individually (they can get sticky so this adds to snacking convenience)

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