I am so excited to tell you about these nutty bars. I know its been a few weeks since I posted a recipe. I feel awful, really, but the Holidays took a lot out of me. Now, its back to experimenting and creating.
Some of you know this, but about 3 months ago, my family decided to do a cleanse. My daughter has had severe back pain for the last four years. Her nutritionist mentioned that she might want to try a cleanse. Sometimes there are certain foods we eat that can trigger aches and pains, much like an allergy. We figured since she was going to do this, that we would join her to make it easier for her. It was only 3 days so we started juicing. We mixed our our vegetable and fruit smoothies and made our own nut milks. Some were better than others but after three days, we all felt great! Our daughter decided three days was enough. My husband and I decided to go on with the 7 day cleanse which introduced us to a vegan diet. We then proceeded to go onto the 21 day cleanse. We both lost some weight and felt great. Thanksgiving was a challenge, but we made it through. Christmas on the other hand, well, we both fell off the wagon but have decided to get back into the groove. This recipe make a great dessert when you need a little bit of indulgence after dinner, but without all the guilt.
One dessert that gets made a lot at the inn is peanut butter bars, so this recipe is a great healthy alternative. I didn’t know a lot about vegan cooking/baking when I started this, so this recipe along with any future recipes I share with you will probably be taken from somewhere else. This recipe is adapted from One Green Planet. I did change up the recipe though and used what ingredients I had in the pantry. I also blended the nuts longer than what they did since I like a little more creamy texture, compared to nutty, but you can do whatever your palette pleases you.
Nutty Bars – Makes and 8×8 pan
1/2 C sunflower seeds, 1/2 C raw cashews, 1/2 C raw almonds, 1.5 C walnuts, 1/2 C all natural peanut butter, 1/2 melted organic coconut oil(melted-not in microwave), 2-3 TB maple syrup, 2 TB honey(if your not 100% vegan) and 2 tsp. organic vanilla extract.
Chocolate Topping– 1/2 C organic raw cacao powder, 6 TB coconut oil(melted), and 1 TB maple syrup
For the bars, use a food processor. Combine all the nuts and the peanut butter and process until the desired consistency. Add melted coconut oil, honey and/or maple syrup and vanilla and blend again.
Put the mixture into a non greased 8×8 baking dish and put in the freezer for about 30 minutes or until firm.
For the topping, mix melted coconut oil, cacao and maple syrup and stir until creamy. After bars have firmed up in freezer, spread the chocolate quickly over the bars as it will firm up fast. Return the bars back to the freezer for about 30 minutes to let the chocolate harden up and the bars to set up even more. Transfer the bars to the fridge and let stand for 30 minutes before cutting into them.
Store in the fridge or freezer because they will soften up and lose their shape.