Thursday, June 4, 2009

What a bunch of nut bars!

I made these snacks yesterday and am quite pleased with the outcome. They are just nuts and dried fruits pressed together with a little sweetener and coconut butter. The ways to make something like this are many, and I'm sure I'll try variations in the future, but here is how I made these ones.
1 cup cashews
1 cup walnuts
1 cup almonds
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup sesame seeds
1 cup dried shredded coconut
1 cup raisins
1 cup pitted dates
1 cup brown rice syrup
1/2 cup coconut butter (or coconut oil)
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
Special Equipment
Food processor [If you don't have one of these you can try chopping everything by hand, but the gummy stuff (dates and raisins) might be quite a challenge.]
Grease large (like 9" x 13") baking dish with coconut butter (or c. oil). Put cashews, walnuts, and almonds in food processor and "chop" them up. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and stir in other dry ingredients (sesame & sunflower seeds, shredded coconut, cinnamon and salt). Put raisins and dates in food processer, then add coconut butter (should be liquified--melt over low heat beforehand if needed) and blend. This combination quickly turns into a sticky, unmixable mass, at which point stop and transfer to the bowl with the nut mix and add brown rice syrup. Squish with bare hands until thouroughly blended, then evenly press into baking dish (a large metal spoon may be helpful here if your hands are really sticking to the mixture). Chill in refrigerator until firm, about an hour. Remove and cut into squares. Makes 15 good-sized bars. For storage, wrap in wax paper and then seal in a plastic bag. Refrigeration optional.
*I forgot to mention: All the nuts and seeds used were raw and unsalted, and the coconut unsweetened, and everything was measured before chopping.

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