These raw fruit and nut bars are quick and full of wholesome ingredients. They’re the perfect snack to keep with you throughout the day to eat when you’re feeling hungry or need a burst of energy. The thing I love about them is that they are pretty fool-proof, meaning they’re hard to mess up! You can easily substitute many of the ingredients with ones you may already have on hand. Kind of like a clean-out-the-pantry bar!
The only thing you really have to do to make these work is to get the right ratio of wet to dry ingredients. I use dried figs, coconut oil, and some maple syrup to bind together the almonds, coconut, flaxseed, chia seed, pumpkin seeds, and cranberries. As I said earlier, you can easily substitute any of these ingredients for an equal portion of nuts, seeds, or dried fruit.
Use dates instead of figs or walnuts instead of almonds if you prefer. If your mixture is too dry, add in a few more figs or a drizzle of maple syrup and if it’s too wet, just blend in a few more nuts or seeds. See, it’s super easy!
These are not only a delicious snack, they are full of healthy fats, omega-3s, fiber, and many nutritious vitamins and minerals. Take them with you to work or to work out! Either way, I hope you enjoy them!
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- 1.5 cups raw almonds
- 1 cup dried figs, stems removed (can also used dried and pitted dates)
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
- ¼ - ½ cup dried cranberries, blueberries, raisins, goji berries, or other fruit of choice.
- ¼ cup flaxseed meal
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil (decrease if an oily nut, like walnuts, are used)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon, optional
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1-2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup (not raw), just enough to hold together
- Into a food processor, combine almonds, figs, and coconut. Pulse until thoroughly broken down. Add pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, flaxseed meal, coconut oil, chia seeds, cinnamon, and salt. Pulse just until combined. I sometimes need to add a bit of maple syrup or honey to help the mixture to hold together better and not be so crumbly. You may or may not need this added ingredient depending on the ingredients you use. Press the mixture together at the end and pulse in some honey or maple syrup if it needs to be more sticky. This recipe is very versatile, you can easily substitute different nuts or seeds in equal portions in order to suit your taste. If mixture is too dry, add in more figs or maple syrup/honey and if mixture is too wet just add in more seeds or nuts. Almost impossible to mess this recipe up!
- Press mixture into an 8x8 parchment paper or plastic wrap lined pan (makes getting them out much easier.) Cover and chill for 30-60 minutes in the fridge before cutting, which allows them to set and hold together better. Remove from the pan and place onto a cutting board. Cut into 8 bars or 16 squares and store in an airtight container in fridge or in a cool, dry area for up to a week.
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