I made an easy healthy treat for you today. These are perfect for a pre-workout or post-workout snack, or for a quick on-the-go breakfast. You could even have one for a healthy dessert! The best part is that they are no-bake. They take minutes to make.
You can also switch these up with different nut butters and dried fruit to customize them however you like. You can also easily make these vegan by just using maple syrup, or gluten free by using gluten free oats.
You can sub peanut butter for cashew butter, chia seeds for hemp seeds, chopped peanuts or pistachios for sunflower seeds, or even add some chocolate chips! These would be great with dried cranberries or dried chopped dates. The possibilities really are endless.
Makes 9 square bars.
1/4 c. coconut oil (in solid form)
1/2 c. cashew butter
1/4 c. honey
2 T. maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla bean paste (if you can’t find this, use 2 tsp. vanilla for the recipe, or the contents of 1 vanilla bean + the 1 tsp. vanilla)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. old fashioned oats (not instant)
1/4 c. sunflower seeds
3 T. hemp seeds
1/4 c. dried blueberries
Line a 9×9 square baking dish with parchment or wax paper. Set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the oats, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, and dried blueberries. Stir to combine. Heat a medium saucepan to medium/low heat, and add coconut oil, cashew butter, honey, maple syrup, vanilla bean paste, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt to the pan. Whisk mixture together until smooth and melted. This should only take a minute or two.
Once mixture is smooth, pour over oat mixture and stir to combine. Add mixture to lined baking pan and press into the pan with the back of a spoon in an even layer. Cover with plastic wrap and regenerate for 2-3 hours or until firm.
When they are finished chilling, cut into 9 square bars, or shape of your choice, and enjoy! I like to individually wrap mine in plastic wrap and keep them in the fridge for up to a week. I find they are best right from the fridge, or else they get a little less firm and chewy.
These are super super healthy and way better than those store-bought bars loaded with ingredients you can’t pronounce and tons of added sugar. Yay!