I love nut bars, but the commercial versions often contain undesirable ingredients. Here’s a recipe for a customisable homemade version that is tasty and nutritious.
1 1/2 Cups chopped Brazil nuts (or another nut, but I choose Brazil nuts because they are one of the highest known sources of dietary Selenium, and most my children don’t like eating them plain!)
1/3 C chopped walnuts (again, you can sub out for whatever nut you like, but walnuts are another one that I take the opportunity to hide in these bars so the children will get some in their diet)
1/3 C Pumpkin seeds
1/3 C Sunflower seeds
1/3 C Dark chocolate chunks (or cacao nibs if you want a lower-sugar alternative)
1/3 C Sultanas (or another chopped dried fruit)
1/3 C Honey ( I haven’t tried this, but I’m sure maple syrup would work, if you’d rather avoid honey)
1/2 C Hulled Tahini
1tsp Vanilla Extract (or vanilla paste)
Heat your oven to 180C
Mix all your dry ingredients in a large bowl.
The next step depends on the viscosity of your honey. If your honey is runny, then you are just going to mix it together with the vanilla and tahini until homogenised. If your honey is too thick, then gently heat it in a saucepan until runny, and then mix in your tahini and vanilla.
Bake at 180C for about 10 minutes…slightly longer if you prefer a browner, slightly crunchier bar.
Allow to cool. Then enjoy!