chocolate nut and seed bars

Hello 2014!  I don't know about you but I am so ready for Spring already!  The end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014 have been, well, rough to say the least.  I am ready to welcome spring and all that comes with it; flowers, rain, green grass, warmer temperatures {but not too hot yet!}, the excitement of summer coming, getting my garden prepped and so much more!  Oh I really could go on and on, I love spring!  I also am loving these chocolate nut and seed bars right now.

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Honestly I think what I love most about these bars is how easy they are to make.  Don't get me wrong, they taste amazing but right now simplicity is heaven to me and simple is what these are.  One of my favorite healthy bars are KIND bars but unfortunately they are a weeee bit on the expensive side, therefore I am only able to enjoy them from time to time.  These remind me a lot of KIND bars and as a bonus they are much more affordable, so win-win!

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After trying these tasty babies I bet you'll have a hard time going back to those other pricey bars too!  So lets gather up a few ingredients and get to it.

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Chocolate Nut and Seed Bars

Ingredients:

1 c slivered almonds

1/2 c pumpkin seeds

1/2 c pecans {chopped}

1/2 c dried fruit {raisins, cranberries, blueberries, etc}

1/2 brown rice syrup

1/3 c good quality dark chocolate

1 Tbsp chia seeds

sea salt {optional}

 

Directions:

1. Combine almonds, pecans, pumpkin seeds and dried fruit in a large bowel.  In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat add the brown rice syrup and stir until warm and slightly bubbling.  Stir the brown rice syrup into the almond mixture and mix well.  I usually use my hands to make sure it is mixed well.

2. Line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper.  Spread the almond mixture evenly in the pan.  Press the mixture into the bottom of the pan.  It helps if you use a piece of parchment paper to help you achieve this.  Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.

3. Melt the chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly to avoid burning.  Once chocolate is melted spread it evenly over the bars.  Sprinkle with chia seeds and sea salt, if using.  Place in the freezer for 1 hour or until solid.  Cut into bars and store in the freezer*.

 

*Note: These can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator, but they hold together better if kept in the freezer.  I usually individually wrap them in saran wrap so that I can grab one and go.  

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