You don't have to buy Nut and Seed Bars! They are simple to make and you can let your imagination run wild. Pick any combinations of fruit and nuts and seeds you like. No preservatives and it's cheaper than buying individual bars.
This recipe is for Shelley and Sandra who used to ask me to make them and bring them to work.
You will need:
seeds, nuts, sticky stuff like dried fruit, honey, agave, juice.
- 1 cup mixed trail mix- mine had all kinds of nuts, seeds and raisins
- 1/4 cup dried apricots
- 1/4 cup dried orange cranberries
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup cashews
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tbsp ground flax
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- pinch salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- food processor
Step 1: In processor grind apricots and cranberries until they are in tiny bits. Soak in orange juice 5 minutes.
Step 2: Process trail mix, dates, cashews, soaked cranberries, apricots and orange juice, honey, flax, cinnamon, salt and vanilla. I like it fine so that the moisture helps to glue the bar together.
Step 3: In a bowl add contents of processor and fold in pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds to combine.
Step 4: Spray a small square pan lined with foil. I used an 8x8 pan with olive oil spray. If you like a thicker bar use a smaller pan and cut into smaller squares.
Step 5: Press and smooth top and corners with a spatula or wet fingers.
Step 6: Bake 325 degrees F 15 minutes.
Step 7: with a large oiled knife slice into 10 bars. They are pretty delicate and chewy. Remember they just have some honey and juice along with the sticky fruit holding them together. You can also increase the amount of dates to get a more glued bar. Wrap in plastic.
When you feel hungry in mid morning or 3pm this is a good alternative. You know what's in it because you made it.