Simply Fruit and Nut Bars
Courtesy Brittany Mullins
Vegan bars from the blog Eating Bird Food are full of healthy ingredients.
•1 cup spelt flour
•1 cup old fashioned oats
•1/2 cup pitted prunes (around 11 prunes)
•1/2 cup raisins
•1/2 cup dried apricots
•1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
•2 tbsp cacao nibs
•1/2 cup + approx. 1-2 tbsp water
1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Cover an 8-inch x 8-inch pan with parchment paper.
2. Place prunes, raisins and apricots in a mini-chopper or food processor and pulse until well chopped.
3. Combine spelt flour, oats, chopped fruit mixture, nuts, cacao nibs and 1/3 cup water in a large bowl and knead with your hands until a ball of dough forms. (Add more water if the mixture is too dry.)
4. Press dough firmly and evenly into the prepared pan. Cut into squares with a sharp knife before placing in the oven.
5. Bake for 25 minutes, until baked through but still soft (don’t over-bake them or the bars will be dry and tough).
6. Store leftover bars in the refrigerator.
Peanut Butter, Banana, Cranberry Bars
Courtesy Ryan Baggett
Soft energy bars from the blog i.run.on.nutrition call for chia seeds.
•1 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
• 1 cup buckwheat flour
• 2 tbsp chia seeds
• 1 cup dried cranberries
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1/2 tsp unrefined salt
• 2 medium overripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
• 1 egg
• 1/4 cup raw honey
• 1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
• 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
• 1 tsp vanilla
1. In a large bowl combine oats, buckwheat flour, chia seeds, cranberries, baking powder and salt.
2. In a separate bowl whisk together mashed bananas, egg, honey, yogurt, peanut butter, and vanilla until combined.
3. Mix wet and dry ingredients together until just combined.
4. Spread into a greased 9×9 pan (batter will be thick), and bake for 25 minutes at 350°F, or until bars are fully set in the middle.
5. Let cool completely, and cut into 12 squares.