Need a break from Christmas cookies? Not yet? Me either, but if you do these bars are a great alternative to cookie cravings. They are just the right amount of salty and sweet. Did I mention they are also ridiculously easy to put together? There, I just did. Now go on, go make some and enjoy.
Fruit and Nut Bars
Adapted from Cave Women Cafe
1 cup of almonds
1 cup of cashews, raw and unsalted
½ cup of nut flour, (I used Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal)
½ cup of unsweetened dried coconut
½ cup sun butter (or your favorite peanut butter)
½ cup of coconut oil
¼ cup of honey
2 tsp of pure vanilla
½ teaspoon of salt
½ cup dried cherries
½ cup dark chocolate chips
½ cup raisins
In your food processor pulse together the almonds and cashews until they are a coarse meal and stir into the nut flour in a medium bowl.
In a microwave safe bowl, warm up the coconut oil and sun butter for about 20 seconds, in the microwave and stir them together well. Add the honey, vanilla, and salt then mix till all creamy. Fold the nut mix into the honey mix then add the fruit and chocolate chips.
Pat into an 8 x 8 baking dish and stick in fridge for 1 hour or more till nice and solid. Cut into squares or rectangular bars.
I wrapped them individually and kept them in the fridge (if you leave them out they will get soft); these made a great breakfast and or snack before running.
Merry Christmas ya'll!