Fruit and Nut Natural Nutrition Bars
It wasn’t until two weeks ago while running errands and feeling famished, that I stopped into Starbucks to get some iced green tea when I spotted Kind Bars, a fruit and nut natural nutritional bar. Realizing that I didn’t have time to stop and grab a bite anywhere, I decided to try one. WOW! They were fantastic with just the right amount of fruits, nuts, chew and satisfaction. That little bar kept me full the rest of the afternoon. I was shocked!
When I finally made it home my mission was to find a recipe for these. I searched online and viewed a variety of recipes and even tried them, but none had the right combination of ingredients to keep them held together. One claimed to be perfect and others had testified, but it hadBrown Rice Syrup in it, an ingredient I recently wrote about. So decided not to try this version.
Besides loving the flavor my main goal was to find a granola-like or nutrition bar that I could make to take while biking or hiking through the mountains where I’ll be soon. Typically I go on 3-4 hour bike rides and 4-5 hour hikes, so a nutritional bar is the perfect fix for a tired, hungry body in the middle of the mountains. At $4+ a pop for a bar I’d prefer making my own, that is, if it’s not going to take all day.
¼ cup sunflower seeds
2 Tbsp almonds, chopped (I used slivered)
1 Tbsp pistachios, chopped
½ cup water
½Kashi 7-Whole Grain Puffs
¾ cup creamy peanut butter (I used low sodium, organic)
½ cup honey (next time I’m using Lyle’s Golden Syrup because I like it)
1 cup mixed dried fruit (I used,Plum Amazin’s, strawberries and apricots), roughly chopped
3. Add the fruit, oats, seeds and nuts into the peanut-butter mixture, blending all together with a rubber or silicone spatula, until ingredients are evenly coated.
6. Cut into 8 equal sized bars. Wrap individually in wax paper, tied with twine for traveling or enjoy straight from the refrigerator.