Hi all! Hope you are ready for a granola bar, that is sooooooooo heavenly tasting, that you cannot believe how nourishing it is for you! These little bars are just brimming with nutrients to boost our health, such as healthy fats and protein. This is a fun way to eat dried fruit, seeds, and nuts.....oh, and did I mention chocolate?
Throw all listed ingredients into your food processor, besides the chocolate, and whirrrrrrr away!
--2 cups of almonds----I have used half almonds/half walnuts.....substitute pecans or whichever nuts you have on hand.......I soak all of my nuts prior to eating according to the principles in the cookbook Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. These almonds were soaked overnight and dehydrated in my dehydrator. You could also use nuts that have just soaked overnight......you will just end up with bar that is more moist! Still, very good.
1/4 cup of flax seed.....this is pre-ground flax seed.......
And this is the flax seed after I ground it in my coffee grinder......(you could substitute pumpkin seeds (papitas), or chia seeds for the flax seed.....grind them in the same manner....
1/2 cup of raisins.......you can also use dates, prunes, dried cranberries.....most any dried fruit will help it all stick together, and adds wonderful flavor. We loved 1/4 cup dried cranberries mixed with 1/4 cup raisins......
1/2 cup unsalted peanut butter........I like to substitute this with raw maranatha almond butter when I have it on hand....we ran out, and I had picked this up at the store. A good friend pointed out to me that it had organic sugar in it! Whoops.....for once I didn't read the label and assumed it had just nuts and oil. Well, lesson learned I guess. It did make for some tasty bars, but next time I'll stick with sugar free. My kids are plenty sweet enough, thank you!
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut:
1/2 cup of melted coconut oil: Nutiva naturals is my favorite brand.....I either buy it in the 54 ounce jars from The Raw Food World, or buy it when there is a deal on Amazon.....coconut, red palm, and olive oil are the only oils we now use in our home. We believe they are the best for you for myriads of reasons=)
2-3 teaspoons of organic vanilla extract:
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt: If your nut butter is already salted you may not need any.
Throw it all in the food processor and give it a good whirrrrrrrrrr.....
Press into an 8x8 pan, cover with cover, and place in fridge for 30 minutes.....
Optional but tasty: Melt 1/4 to 1/2 a bag, or half of a dark chocolate bar to layer on the top after the pan has chilled out in the fridge for 30 minutes. Place back in fridge 20-30 minutes.
And there you have it! Scrumdidlyumptious!
After I inhaled....er, I mean, slowly savored, my portion, I dished out the remainder to the kids.
"Why kids, I don't know why there is only half the pan left, daddy must have gotten into it while it was in the fridge..." (wink, wink)
Just to recap in one spot, here is the recipe:
- 2 cups almonds
- 1/4 cup ground flax, chia or pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup dried fruit
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup unsalted peanut or almond butter
- 1/2 tsp. seal salt (if needed)
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- Not pictured: 1Tbsp. Honey or Maple Syrup
- 2-3 tsp. vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients in food processor, then press into 8x8 pan, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- up to 1/2 cup or 1/2 dark chocolate bar
That's it....I think you will be very suprised at how easy healthy granola bars can be. I recommend doubling this recipe....for they go fast!
Blessings to you,
Recipe originally sent in by reader from Passionatehomemaking.com
Please note: I may be a nurse, but I am not a doctor....I am just passing on info we have found to be helpful in our home that has added to our health. Please do not assume I am attempting to cure, prevent, or treat any diseases! Thank you!