Raw Energy bars

Hello again…

Summer is winding up and we are flush with garden vegetables and fruits yet, I still love to make these raw nut and seed bars. They are a nice fit after yoga or to help fill in the hunger gaps creeping into my afternoons. I’m one of those people that rarely awaits the pang of hunger. Now and again I like to feel it… but rarely.

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raw bars - wendyellenthomas.comI use a base of almonds, cashews and dates and sometimes hazelnuts get thrown in depending what’s on hand. I find the cashews help a little more with binding and it’s important for it not to be too dry or they really crumble apart.  I’ve tried my new vitamix (which I LOVE) but really this recipe is working better in the cuisinart.

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I’ll start with the nuts and dates- brace yourself as it’s a bit noisy and disconcerting to get them crunched up and mixed. My favorite dried fruit to add is cherries. We had a lot dried from 2013. This year I under-ordered and we literally consumed about 20# in a couple weeks with little help from outsiders. I’ve looked up loads of these raw bar recipes and there is a lot of trading ingredients in and out. This is what we like at the moment but I encourage you to experiment.

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From there it’s pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, coconut… and why not a few chia and hemp seeds while we’re at it? I do use a little maple syrup for further sweet and bind factors. I’m done with agave- read more from Andrew Weil here or from here. And to continue that side note, here is an interesting sweetener comparison.

Lastly, comes the dark stuff. Cocoa nibs which are still A-OK on my list and raw cocoa powder. oh and a wee pinch of sea salt:)

nut and seed bars-6Then it’s hands on. I line a glass dish with either parchment paper or plastic wrap.

nut and seed bars-8The nut and seed mix is pressed into the dish.

nut and seed bars-9Then covered with plastic wrap and I take a small glass and roll it over the top to really get it glued together.

nut and seed bars-10It spends a night in the fridge before getting cut into squares and boxed up for grabability from the fridge.

nut and seed bars-11I’ll take these to work in a little plastic baggy. There solidity often depends on the batch and how long they are out of the fridge. I’d be lying if I said they hold together like a Lara Bar. But you can easily squeeze it back together to pop in the mouth and the taste is great.

I’ll end on a farm note…

Here are a couple shots of animals at play… sort of… it might induce your curiosity and for sure make you smile. Otis loves Helen. They are working on their mode of interaction.

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Otis and Helen

I’m still keeping him on a leash so we have control if he gets too excited. The goats are not interested as of yet. But Helen I think likes Otis too:)

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29 responses

  1. Great raw recipe…right up my alley! 🙂
    Sounds like you’ve been having a great summer, and I hope all is going great guns at Chez Chloe!
    The animals are cuter than cute. “LOL”.
    Things are still very low key here, but I did manage to design and make a bracelet. It took about a day, as opposed to a gown which takes weeks.
    Nonetheless, I quite like it, and am making a post, although I can hardly wait for my next gown to emerge.
    Take care, Wendy! I look forward to your next post.

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    • Thanks Resa… As you can see I’m still a bit behind the blog ball- answering comments 2 weeks later- but that’s the way it goes sometimes. I’ve been playing around again with GF, refined sugar free recipes again. It’s always experimental and challenging. I like it. These bars are great- and perfect to pack along for the crashing blood sugar moments when you don’t have time yet for a meal.
      I’m heading your way to catch up a little, cheers xx

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    • Great!- They are a household staple a majority of the time. I just have to be careful on quantity cause I could eat them all day.
      Remind me your daughter is in high school? I still make mine food everyday. She’s 16 🙂
      The four-leggers in this family keep us completely entertained.

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