KINDER THAN KIND BARS
I love the ease of a healthy snack in bar form. I stash them in my yoga bag, my glove compartment, and my carry-on whenever I travel. That little burst of protein, fat, and natural sugars can be just the pick-me-up I need between meals.
One downside of bars: some store-bought kinds contain additives like soy lecithin, glucose syrup, and the mysterious “natural flavors” that you can do without. What to do? My friends, we can just make these delicious chewy snacks at home, using ingredients we know and trust! No baking, even—just mix, set, and cut.
Ingredients for one sheet:
- ½ C seeds (I like pumpkin, sesame, chia, sunflower, and flax)
- 1 C nuts (I like hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, cashews, and pecans)
- ½ C chopped dried fruit (I like raisins, apricots, dates, and goji berries)
- ½ C honey
- ½ C almond butter
- Sea salt
- Sunflower oil
- Big bowl
- Small pot
- Baking sheet
- Wax paper
- Combine the nuts, seeds, and fruit together in the bowl and sprinkle with sea salt to taste
- Melt the honey and almond butter together in the pot over very low heat
- Pour the liquid over the nuts and seeds and mix everything together
- Line the baking sheet with wax paper and oil it lightly
- Spread the mixture out on the sheet and refrigerate it for at least an hour
- Cut into whatever size bars you like, stash in convenient places, and snack at will!
- I like both whole and ground flax seeds, but they provide different benefits. Using whole seeds will give you a pleasant crunch and some insoluble fiber, but using ground seeds unlocks flax’s omega-3s and other nutrients.
- You can use less nuts if you roughly chop them in a food processor or pulse them in a blender.
- Avoid using dried cranberries—they almost always include added sugar!