|Hiking into Box Lake, Payette National Forest|
These bars are versatile which makes them perfect for hiking, long-distance cycling and just plain-old snacking. They can be made vegan or vegetarian, depending on your personal preference. Add or leave out certain ingredients if you are following a particular diet. Eat them as they are, spread on some topping or crumble them up in your yogurt. Oh, did I mention they are easy to make?
|Paleo Krunch Bars|
Here's what you need:
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
Note: Feel free to sub nuts for the seeds.
1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
3/4 cup sunflower seed meal (Almond flour may be subbed.)
1 tsp. cinnamon
vanilla stevia, to taste
1 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup freeze-dried pears
Vegans: use 2 chia eggs: Vegetarians: 2 organic whole eggs or 1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut oil
Heat your oven to 325 degrees. Grind up sunflower seeds to make 3/4 cup sunflower seed meal. Grate your carrot. Put everything into a food processor and mix all the ingredients. Hint: Don't over process your ingredients. Keep the texture coarse like a granola bar.
Spread the mixture on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Pour and spread melted coconut oil on the parchment paper. Next, spread the krunch bar dough with dampened hands. Thickness should be about 1/4 inch. Score the spread-out dough with a pizza cutter or knife into the size bars you would like. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove the bars from the oven. Spread the bars out a bit and return them to oven for another 15-20 minutes.
Recipe contributed to: http://www.rickiheller.com/2013/09/wellness-weekend-september-12-16-2013/#more-20606