“nut” bars

May 21, 2012

i constantly come across great recipes for healthy nut bars but with severe nut allergies in our home, i avoid them. i am also slightly intimidated by the fabulous food processor my grandma gave me (and swears by as a kitchen essential) so making these types of bars just hasn’t happened, although i have always thought they’d be a great, healthy food option.

today i pulled out a recipe i’d saved for date nut bars … and decided i’d try replacing the almonds and cashews. the results were incredible! i was so encouraged.

my date “nut” bar creation:

10 pitted dates

1/2 cup organic raw pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup organic raw sunflower seeds

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

handful organic flax seeds

i used the pulse option on the food processor to pulse the dates until they were chopped up good (and actually they formed a big date clump – not sure about that?!). i then added the other ingredients gradually, pulsing each time. i continued pulsing until the mixture looked pretty evenly chopped into quite small pieces.

i scooped it out on to a plate and pressed it into a “loaf” shape, which i then cut in bars. i covered the plate and refrigerated about an hour. after an hour, the bars were pretty firm and i wrapped each individually in clear wrap.

they are sweet, slightly crunchy and really delish!

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6 Responses to ““nut” bars”

  1. home2learn Says:

    update: i am confused and disappointed as these bars itched the throat of both my kids. ;( NO idea why. maddie’s had all these ingredients separately before with no problem. i am going to need to tweak this and try other ingredient options …

  2. Leaves Heal Says:

    😦 Hugs, Emily… for me & mine, we can’t do sunflower seeds: most of us have done stale / rancid sunflower seeds at some point, and sensitized ourselves to them. The younger ones have never had them, but the 3 oldest in our home don’t do well w/ them. Recommend replacing w/ tahini butter or pumpkinseed butter or hempseed butter, or just more pumpkinseeds. I also do sesame seeds in mine sometimes (I grind them first b/c they don’t get chopped up if the rest of the mix is already in there).
    Proud of you for the effort & creativity: you’re doing a great job, Mama– it’s just a big one πŸ™‚

    • home2learn Says:

      thanks, shawnna. josiah has had definite allergic reactions to tahini so can’t do that … but it’s fine for madison. i will try more pumpkin seeds!

  3. home2learn Says:

    update #2: i made another batch yesterday that rocked!! i used dates, pumpkin seeds, coconut, tahini, flax and a bit of honey. DELISH! josiah can’t have but maddie loves them … a great snack for my girl.


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