The Snacking Journey: Nut and Seed Bars

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Hi Folks – The month of November  is National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo).  Blog Her has launched a challenge that consists of posting a blog article every day in November.  I’m off to a slow start, but I’m joining the challenge nevertheless!  Challenges (self induced or otherwise) give me a much needed motivational boost.  I’m a competitive person by nature and challenges keep me ticking.  This is the first writing challenge so I’m quite excited and a bit leery about keeping up (especially since I’ve already lagged behind)….but my engines are revved and I’m ready.  I have no theme…so the posts this month will be somewhat random. 

National Blog Posting Month

Now let’s get started! I am a true blue snacker.  If there is a crinkly bag in the house I will find it and eat what’s in it.  That’s the struggle…..potato chips, candy bars and cookies are my weakness so I’m always looking for guilt free alternatives.  I fell I love with the Kind bar a few months ago and decided to create my own version from scratch instead of spending precious pennies on the manufactured bars.  Here’s how I did it.

Since Caleb is allergic to nuts  I used all disposable elements for nut contact surfaces (disposable baking tin, paper towels, etc.).  I picked out my seeds and nuts and got started!  The bar consisted of two main elements: seeds and nuts and the binding agent. 

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cashews, almonds, soy nuts, pumpkin seeds (clockwise), chia seeds (center)

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binding agent: dates, coconut butter, cocoa powder

 

I blended up the binding agent  then added it to the nut/seed mix.  After the total mixture was homogeneous I baked it in the oven for 30 minutes.  The end result was yummy, but next time I’ll make more of a glaze for the binding agent instead of a sauce since the bars were a bit crumbly.

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Binding agent and nut/seed mix

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Blended mixture – ready for the oven

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Finished product

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Ready to eat!

There you have it!  A nutritious alternative to toxic snacks.  Seeds and nuts are undercover super foods.  They are filled with tons of minerals, good fats, protein and provide excellent fuel.  You can’t go wrong with this nut and seed bar recipe.  No matter how many calories are in a serving of almonds, they are a much better option than a bag of  potato chips. 

Do you have a guilt free snack I should try?

 

Peace and love!

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30 thoughts on “The Snacking Journey: Nut and Seed Bars

  1. Hey there, I found you via the NaBloPoMo blogroll.

    My go to guilt free snack has always been carrot sticks. I like them with hommus. But then I learned how to make chocolate out of cacao powder, coconut oil, and maple syrup, and that became my new favourite. 🙂

    As part of NaBloPoMo I try to comment on as many participating blogs as I can, and I also add participating blogs to my feed reader.

    So I’m just dropping by to let you know I’ve added your blog to my feedreader, I’m reading you loud and clear, I have a link up going at my place so my readers can find participating blogs which you are more than welcome to add your blog link to.

    Looking forward to seeing your posts, and you’ll likely see me drop by again during November.

    Happy NaBloPoMo to you!
    Snoskred
    http://www.snoskred.org

    • Hi Snoskred!! Thanks so much for your support and comments!!! I have been so overwhelmed with life, I needed this NaBloPoMo to get myself in gear. Carrot sticks are an excellent snack…Hummus is also one of my favorite snacks. Okay…so you may have to share that chocolate recipe with me…it sounds DELICIOUS! I’ll return the love and drop by to see how your November has been! Happy NaBloPoMo to you too! 🙂

      -Zee

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