Nutty bars

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This recipe is adapted from Elana’s Pantry, one of my absolute favorite food blogs for gluten-free goodies. I added hemp seeds for extra protein and omegas and used date paste to make them  lower-glycemic. They’re like extra nutty Larabars. They’re perfect for a quick snack or dessert. The healthy fats, protein, and fiber will keep you going and the nutrient-rich dates will satisfy your sweet tooth without making you crash. For a little extra sweetness, just add chocolate!

  • 2 cups almonds (raw)
  • ½ cup golden flaxmeal
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup creamy almond butter
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon date paste, agave nectar, or honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks (optional)
Put almonds, flax meal, hemp seeds, shredded coconut, almond butter and salt in a food processor and pulse for about 10 seconds. Melt coconut oil over very low heat in a saucepan. Once melted, add to the mixture with the date paste and vanilla. Pulse until you have a thick paste.  Press mixture into an 8 x 8 inch baking dish. Refrigerate for 1 hour, until mixture hardens.
To make them chocolate covered, melt chocolate over very low heat in a saucepan, stirring continuously. Spread melted chocolate over bars; return to refrigerator for 30 minutes, until chocolate hardens.
Remove from refrigerator, cut into bars and serve.
Makes about 20 bars, depending on how big you cut them. Enjoy!