Friday, November 22, 2013

Trail Mix Bars

Trail Mix Bars

In the effort to eat more protein without eating more meat, I have found myself "eating like a bird" and chowing down on large amounts of seeds and nuts all day long. While I love trail mix and have a large jug of a delicious homemade combination on my counter, it can sometimes be tedious and messy to eat, especially when on the move or in the car.  So what better way to fix that than to turn that mix into a bar!  This combination is a bit sweet, a bit salty and full of flavor.  Still a bit messy on the fingers, it is certainly a lot easier to eat and the extra protein and healthy fats from the almond butter and coconut oil will keep you satisfied all morning or afternoon.  I am planning on adding in soy nuts next time as well to increase the protein content as this recipe is extremely flexible depending on what types of seeds, nuts and dried fruits you prefer.  And it requires no baking so it is super simple!!

Trail Mix Bars
1/3 C. honey (or maple syrup)
1/3 C. organic virgin coconut oil
1/3 C. almond butter
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 C. sliced almonds
1/2 C. finely diced walnuts
1/2 C. dried fruit
1/2 C. mini dark chocolate chips
1/4 C. sunflower seeds
1/4 C. pumpkin seeds
1 C. organic rolled oats

Heat the honey, coconut oil, almond butter, salt, vanilla and cinnamon in a saucepan over low heat. Let cool slightly. Combine the almonds, walnuts, dried fruit, dark chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and rolled oats in a bowl.  Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Press into a greased 8" x 8" pan and refrigerate until hardened. Makes16 bars. Keep refrigerated.

ready to mix

ready for the fridge

tasty and delicious!!!

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