Crispy No-Bake Nut Bars: gluten-free, dairy-free

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There is a FantasyMe who enjoys making batch snacks and homemade protein bars and saves lots of money by buying her nuts and hemp hearts in bulk. That is not RealMe. RealMe likes Minimalist Baker’s no-fail-ever, fast, easy, tasty granola. RealMe likes to buy hemp hearts in the individual serving bags because I never spill those and they are so convenient I actually eat them. RealMe loves these bars because they take 15 minutes once you get the hang of the process and you can stop any stage of the production to do that thing you forgot about or realize you only have 30 minutes until you have to be at work and you still haven’t showered. They last forever in the freezer and almost as long in the fridge. And most importantly: they fill you up. For real. They are not the snack that requires a second snack an hour later. They will get you through a hot yoga class without cramping or feeling nauseous; they will keep you from loosing your mind painting that IKEA dresser you thought would be a good and easy idea, they will fuel an apartment move; all of these things have happened.

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Be real with yourself and your needs. Having food allergies or a restricted diet for any reason brings in a myriad of influences and factors that add dialogue around food choices: “If I eat this now will I have to eat the same thing for lunch because there aren’t any safe options?” “I do not want my diet to consist of transportable carbs.” “Should I eat more now in case I’ll get hungry later and be stranded?” It can get a little crowded upstairs will all the considerations in play. Give your thoughts some space and your time some extra cushion with a few of these bars at the ready. Worst case scenario? You ate a delicious, nutritious made-with-love snack. If that’s the worst thing that happens in your diet that day you are probably having a pretty great day.

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Snack happy, allergy-free and go forth – fueled!

Notes: If you can’t find roasted AND unsalted nuts and you don’t want to buy raw and roast yourself – eliminate the sea salt from the recipe. This recipe is inspired by Dolly and Oatmeal.

Supplies
Large mixing bowl
Small sauce pan
8×8 pan (glass or metal)
Parchment paper

Crispy No-Bake Nut Bars: gluten-free, dairy-free

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Puffed brown rice
  • 1 cup Puffed cocoa brown rice
  • 1/2 cup Peanuts, roasted/unsalted, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Hazelnuts, roasted/unsalted, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea salt
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1/2 cup Peanut butter
  • *1/4 cup add-ins like Mini chocolate chips or dried cherries, etc.

Directions

  1. Line the 8×8 pan with a sheet of parchment paper.
  2. In the large mixing bowl combine the puffed cereal, nuts, sea salt, and any additions.
  3. Heat the small saucepan over medium-low heat and add the honey and peanut butter. Stir constantly until smooth.
  4. Pour the peanut butter honey mixture over the cereal mixture and combine with a large flat spoon (using more of a folding technique than a stirring, this will help scoop up the little pieces) until evenly coated.
  5. Pack the bars down into the pan tightly. Be sure to press into the corners!
  6. Place in the fridge for 1 hour.
  7. Cut into 8 rectangular bars or 12 squares.

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