I started this post last month but then the amazing NTP course started for me and I just didn’t have a chance to get back to it, oops! I love making bars for my family and my husband loves when I do. If you have a sweet tooth, these are for you! (If you’re trying to get rid of a sweet tooth, then you might want to hold off on these.)
Also – I will discuss more below but I highly recommend presoaking the nuts. My husband had some GI issues eating too many non soaked nuts when we first made the switch to Paleo and I would rather be safe than sorry!
Alright so the step-by-step
I presoak my nuts for 24 hours with a little Apple Cider Vinegar or Lemon and some Salt. I like to put them in a mason jar but I recommend the wide mouth because the get stuck in the regular mouth jars (personal experience, learn from my mistakes please!) After they soak for ~24 hours; I spread them out on a pan and put them in a 150-175 degree oven for a day 8-10 hours. It’s not totally essential to get them totally dry for this recipe, but if there are any extras that you might be noshing on, soggy nuts just aren’t that good.
Then I busted out my Vitamix. Best Anniversary gift to myself, ever. (Okay I haven’t had that many anniversaries yet, and it’s the first time we bought our own gifts, but it’s still wonderful). Feel free to use a food processor or a non-high speed blender but it might not work as well.
Put in the dates, first 2 cups of nuts and blend!
Put these contents into a bowl and add your almond butter, honey, pumpkin. Mix well.
Then add your coconut flakes, 2 eggs, seeds/craisins and your whole or roughly chopped nuts and combine well.
Line a pan with parchment paper, and firmly press the mixture into the pan and back for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees (until the edges are golden!)
Let cool in the pan first, then on a wire rack for at least an hour. You can place in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process if desired.
One fully cooled, cut into your preferred sized pieces and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, or in the freezer for even longer! These travel fine unrefrigerated but they are moist so I prefer to keep them in the fridge until the day I use them at least.
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