When we travel, I make sure to pack healthy snacks for the road so we are less likely to dine and snack on roadside fast food. Nuts and seeds are great energy food and portable. I made these easy, nutrient packed bars while on vacation. I brought all the ingredients and assembled them in less than 10 minutes.
You can purchase high quality seeds from Wilderness Family Naturals, they sell soaked and dried pumpkin & sunflower seeds so you don’t have to. Living Nuts is another place you can buy raw, soaked and dehydrated nuts that make great snacks on their own.
I soak and dehydrate my own organic almonds and grind them in my Magic Bullet for quick ground nuts. Everyone in my family loved these bars and they hardly lasted a day. They are perfect for lunches and healthy snacks on the go. You could add 1-2 drops of cinnamon bark oil to give them a little spice. I got this delicious recipe from KC’s Kafe email newsletter, always packed with healthy, kid friendly, easy recipes that my family loves. We’ve also made the caramel sauce to dip apples – a great alternative to the sugar loaded versions from the store.
- 1 C Raw, organic pumpkin seeds
- 1 1/2 C Raw cashew or other nut flour (ground nuts)
- 1/2 C Raw, organic sunflower seeds (or other seeds of choice)
- 2/3 C Coconut flour, organic
- 1 C Almond butter, organic
- 1 C Organic Caramel Sauce (see recipe below)
- 1 T Coconut palm sugar, organic
- Organic Caramel Sauce
- 1/4 C Butter, organic
- 1 1/2 C Coconut palm sugar, organic
- 1 generous T Coconut Cream, organic
- Caramel Sauce Melt coconut sap and butter in a saucepan, stir constantly until caramel forms.
- Prepare a 9x13-inch pan by coating sides and bottom with softened butter.
- Mix all ingredients together in a 2-quart bowl.
- Add 1 C of caramel sauce while still warm.
- Thoroughly combine all ingredients.
- Press into pan and cool. You can put pan in refrigerator to speed up cooling process.
- Cut bars after cooled.
- Garnish with extra caramel sauce and cacao nibs.
Recipe adapted from the kitchen files of