nut and seed bars

Need a snack for on-the-go that’s not too sweet? Here’s one of our go-to’s…


Tools: food processor with chopping blade, sushi mold

Ingredients:

Nut blend

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup cashews

Seed blend

  • 1 cup shelled pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed

Paste

  • 1 1/4 cup pitted dates (packed)
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2-1 tsp salt (optional)

Paste add-ins

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder (for chocolate bars)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut shreds

Directions:

  • Place nuts in food processor and pulse 3-5 times until lightly chopped. Pour into large bowl.
  • Place paste and paste-add-ins in food processor. Turn on and keep it running until dates and other ingredients form a smooth ball.
  • Mix seeds in with chopped nuts.
  • With hands, massage paste into the nut/seed mix until evenly coated. When you grab a handful and squeeze, then and only then should it really hold together.
  • Scoop 1/3-1/2 cup of mixture into the sushi mold. Press as firmly as you are able (I use a wood block on top of the handle to help me press more evenly and firmly).
  • Tightly wrap pressed bars in plastic wrap and refrigerate to set. These will keep in the refrigerator for a month.
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