Why hello there! I made this recipe a couple months ago and then got swamped with homework on top of work. But today I emerge from that chaos with a brand spankin' new recipe that several people have been nagging me about. Healthy Grain-Free Chewy Bars! My deepest apologies to those that have been waiting patiently.
I don't know about you, but those Quaker Oat Chewy Bars with literally 4 soy ingredients, 2 corn ingredients, several types of sugar, and several types of wheat (but only 100 calories- whoop dedoo), used to be a staple in my adolescent diet. Well screw those, there is a new bar in town and it's far superior. (And so stupid easy to make).
These bars are AWESOME because you can really add whatever you have in your pantry. Just get it to a wet but crumbly consistency so when you pat it down and pack it into a brownie pan and stick it in the freezer, it firms up and holds together.
I have made several versions of these since the first one; sunbutter & chocolate fig, fig & almonds, and unsweetened cranberry fig chocolate. I've even added 1/4 teaspoon of maca powder and tumeric to batches for added nutrients, or cocoa powder. If you're someone that doesn't get enough protein in your diet, you could even add a scoop or too of your favorite protein powder, just be mindful that you might need to add more wet ingredients like coconut oil and almond/sun/peanut/cashew butter. Let your imagination run wild!
Makes: 12-14 bars
Serves: 12-14 people
Prep time: 5 minutes
8 dried figs
1 cup almonds
½ cup cashews
¼ cup flax seed
¼ cup walnuts
¼ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup almond butter (I used crunchy)
⅓ cup chocolate chips
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1. In a food processor, add all of the ingredients except for the chocolate chips. Pulse until crumbly yet wet consistency is reached.
2. Add in chocolate chips. Pulse briefly.
3. In a parchment lined brownie pan, add the mixture. Spread out evenly and place them in the freezer to set, about 60-90 minutes.
Once solid, remove from the freezer and let sit on the counter for 10 minutes. Then, use a sharp knife to cut the square into bars. Place bars in storage containers or zip lock bags for easy access. I prefer to keep them in the freezer and grab one when I'm on the go, but you could also keep them in the fridge. They just will be a lot softer.
Let me know what combos you come up with!