Monday, August 6, 2012

Nutty Blueberry Fig Energy Bars

Dried unsweetened fruit can be
difficult to find.  Blueberries from
Trader Joes, Prunes from Publix,
Figs from Whole Foods.
Snack Attack!  These bars are a great source of healthy fat and chock full of feel good vibes.  Eating fat is actually essential to being happy, calm, and having a healthy brain.  These are a great portable snack and they're delicious - we hope you enjoy as much as we have!  This recipe is a new take on my Easy Berry Almond Energy Bars that are even lower in sugar and carbohydrates and utilize, unsweetened fruits that are easy to find in Greenville, SC.  The bars also incorporate brazil nuts which are one of the healthiest nuts because they are high in selenium. 

1 c. whole brazil nuts, raw
Brazil nuts and almonds are amoung
the healthiest of all nuts!  Enjoy.
1 c. whole almonds, raw
1/2 c. almond meal*
1/2 c. dried unsweetened coconut
1/2 c. coconut oil
1/2 c. pecan cashew butter
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tsp. raw honey
1/2 tsp. sea salt, ground
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 c. unsweetened dried blueberries

1/3 c. unsweetened dried figs
1/3 c. unsweetened dried golden raisins or prunes

1.  Toast brazil nuts and almonds in the oven at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.  Turning once.  They are ready when they smell fragrantly nutty and are lightly browned.  Allow to cool 3-4 minutes.
2.  Add brazil nuts, pecans, and dried coconut to a food processor and pulse until finely ground.
3.  In a small saucepan, melt coconut oil and cashew butter together over low to low-medium heat.  Remove from heat.  Add vanilla extract, honey, sea salt and cinnamon.  Stir to combine.
5.  Fold in dried fruit until combined.
6.  Spoon and press into an 8x11 baking dish lined with parchment paper.
7. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.
8. Cut up into bars.  We cut up into 14 square bars and pre-bagged to grab on the go.   Keep refrigerated in a sealed container.  

*Make your own almond meal by grinding whole almonds with skins on in the food processor.  

Recipe and photos by Keri Rogers.  

Keri is an internationally Registered Yoga Teacher, Culinary Nutritionist, and Wellness Coach.  She owns and operates BAYA Wellness, LLC offering Yoga and Nutrition Services.  Keri teachers both privately and publicly around the Greenville area offering on-going classes and special events.  Her path as a nutritionist is all about making healthy living approachable... she teaches the components of healthy cooking, eating, and thinking while also offering specialized services like menu planning.  Healthy living is about the whole pictures of wellness... find your path to living well.

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