I made these bars because Grey likes bars. He eats a lot, and they are a quick and convenient snack while at work, traveling, or just out and about. Store-bought bars are kind of expensive…and not nearly as healthy and tasty as homemade ones!
These are super simple to make, and Grey has requested that I make a batch every weekend so he has them throughout the week.
I don’t argue with him because they literally take only 10 minutes to make because they are “no bake.” I simply get all the ingredients out, blend everything up in our Vitamix then pour them into a pan, then in the freezer they go.
I remember when I first made them and tasted it straight from the blender to see if something else needed to be added. Grey was taking a nap on the couch, and I had to wake him up to tell him “Grey! …I just made something good.” The rest is history. Here’s the recipe! It’s one of our favorites, so let us know what you think!
Walnut Coconut Bars
1/2 cup dried cherries
¼ cup extra virgin coconut oil
2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup almond butter
2 heaping Tbsp flax seeds
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup unsweetened, flaked coconut
Place walnuts in blender or food processor and blend for about 20 seconds or until nuts are fairly well ground. Meanwhile microwave the coconut oil for about 20 seconds or until melted. Add melted coconut oil, cherries, almond butter, chia seeds and honey to the blender, and blend until the entire mixture is well combined. The mixture should be sticky – if it’s too dry, add a little bit more nut butter or vanilla extract or coconut oil to create moisture.
Meanwhile, place a piece of wax or parchment paper into a loaf pan (the pan should be in the range of 8″ x 4″) such that it hangs over the sides.
Remove mixture from blender and press it into the base of the loaf pan using the back of a spoon or other implement to flatten and smooth it down.
Sprinkle the surface of the mixture with raw pumpkin seeds and coconut, pressing down gently with your fingers so that they adhere to the surface.
Fold both sides of the hanging wax or parchment paper inward, one at a time, over the mixture and gently press down one last time with your hand on top of the paper resting over the mixture.
Place the pan in the freezer and allow the mixture to solidify somewhat into a singular slab for about 1 hour.
When you’re ready to slice the bars, simply remove the pan from the fridge and gently elevate the slab by pulling up on the ends of the wax/parchment.
Slice the slab into bar shapes or squares as desired. Store any remaining portions in the fridge.
Love, Grey and Brianna
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