Blueberry Almond Snack Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup (37g) almond meal1
  • 1/3 cup (114g) honey or brown rice syrup2
  • 1 Tablespoon (15g) almond butter or any nut butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 2/3 cups (235g) whole unsalted almonds (very roughly chopped/minimally pulsed)
  • 2/3 cup (70g) dried blueberries
  • optional: 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F (149°C). Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper with enough overhang on the sides to easily remove the bars from the pan. Set aside.
  2. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, mix all of the ingredients together until combined.
  3. Transfer mixture to prepared baking pan and press very firmly into an even layer. You really want it packed in tight- as tight as possible. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until lightly golden brown on top. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely in the pan set on a wire rack for 1 hour, then transfer to the refrigerator to chill for 1 more hour. This firms up the bars which helps them stay compact. Remove bars from the pan using the overhang on the sides and cut into bars.
  4. Individually wrap each bar in plastic wrap or parchment. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Make ahead tip: These bars are freezer friendly. After wrapping individually, freeze for up to 3 months and thaw before enjoying.

Recipe Notes:

  1. You can use store-bought almond meal or almond flour, or you can make your own. Start with 1/3 cup of slivered, sliced, or whole almonds. Pulse them in a food processor until a crumbly meal has formed. Do not run the food processor continuously; you may end up with almond butter. Little pulses are best. You will end up with around 1/3 cup almond meal.
  2. I do not suggest a thinner sweetener like maple syrup or agave-- honey or brown rice syrup are perfect.

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