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Cashew Coconut Snack Bars

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 bars
  • Category: Bars
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Easy dried fruit & nut bars with only 8 wholesome ingredients. Gluten free, wholesome, and simple!


Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup (114g) honey or brown rice syrup*
  • 1/4 cup (30g) almond meal*
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon (15g) almond butter
  • 1 and 1/3 cups (200g) raw unsalted cashews, roughly chopped
  • 5 dates, coarsely chopped*
  • 3/4 cup (60g) shredded unsweetened coconut*
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F (149°C). Line an 8 or 9-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 the honey, almond meal, salt, and almond butter together until combined. Fold in the cashews, chopped dates, coconut, and chia seeds 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 minutes. 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 helps firm up the bars which makes them stay compact. Remove bars from the pan using the overhang on the sides and cut into bars. Individually wrap each bar in plastic wrap or parchment. Store at room temperature for 1 week or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. I find they get a little sticky at room temperature over a few days, so I prefer the refrigerator.

Notes

  1. Freezing Instructions: These bars are freezer friendly. After wrapping individually, freeze for up to 3 months and thaw before enjoying.
  2. Special Tools: Glass Mixing Bowls, Cuisinart Food Processor, Ninja Master Prep, Mariani Pitted Dates, Square Glass Baking Dish
  3. Sweetener: I do not suggest a thinner sweetener like maple syrup or agave– honey or brown rice syrup is perfect.
  4. Almond Flour: You can use store-bought almond meal or almond flour, or you can make your own. Start with 1/4 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 1/4 cup almond meal.
  5. Dates: Instead of dates, try 1/2 cup (75g) raisins or dried cranberries.
  6. Coconut: Not a fan of coconut? Try using 3/4 cup sunflower seeds, chopped peanuts, almonds, pistachios, or cashews. I use unsweetened coconut because it doesn’t have any added sugars and has such pure flavor. If you can’t find unsweetened coconut, you can use sweetened. The bars will be quite sweet with it, so I suggest using salted cashews to balance it out.

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