Nut & Seed Bars

By Brianne

We’re now in competition season. We need snacks when we’re traveling, competing, or find ourselves in a pinch. Granola bars are easy, but I don’t like the store bought ones. They’re not up to my standard of what I want to put in my body as it’s hard to find ones that don’t have a lot of unnatural sugar but contain a decent amount of protein and fiber. So… I make my own.

If I don’t monitor Ash, he’ll eat all of these in 3 days. His favorite thing to do is to wait to eat until 5 minutes before we have to leave for practice and then say, “I’m in a pinch!” 

If you want to know more about our nutrition philosophy, you can find it here.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup flax seed meal
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 3/4 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Instructions

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl until well combined.
  2. In separate bow, mix almond butter, honey, and vanilla together until smooth. Sometimes I heat slightly in the microwave to make it a little more runny and easier to mix.
  3. Combine with dry ingredients (using your hands to mix is easiest). 
  4. Dump mixture onto parchment lined cookie sheet and press down firmly until about 1/2 inch thick. Smooth the top.
  5. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. 
  6. Preheat oven to 200 degrees and bake bars for 30 minutes. 

  7. Let cool, cut into squares, and wrap in plastic wrap.

Serving

Makes about 25 bars.