Nutty Granola Bars (or The Best Damn Travel Snacks)

Nutty Granola Bars (AKA the best damn travel snacks) | 80twenty Nutty Granola Bars (or the best damn travel snacks) | 80twentyTomorrow I leave for a road trip with this girl. We’re driving to the Pennsylvania to attend the first-ever Fall version of my favourite blogger get-together with Ashley and some of my other favourite bloggers/friends. After that, we head to Philly to to  hang with Sherrie and stuff our faces with vegan eats. It’s going to be a good weekend! Eating, drinking, laughing, learning, and connecting with friends is what its all about. AmIright?

The best part of a road trip for me is the actual time on the road spent listening to good tunes, talking, and eating all the snacks. It’s always about the snacks. (Duh.) I’ll be bringing these granola bars as well as some kale chips, chocolate, and probably some of last night’s leftovers (Miso-Curry Delicata Squash from Super Natural Everyday. You just gotta.) These bars, though. They’re so super easy to make, and are perfect for snacking on or just trying to prevent hanger. My sister, a busy fitness instructor/personal trainer, makes some sort of granola/protein bar every week and often gives me some to try. A bar she gave me recently was the inspiration behind these nutty creations. Super chewy, slightly sweet, full of good-for-you fats and antioxidant-rich cocoa nibs and gojis, these were by far, my favourite! I only made a few modifications and voila, my new favourite snack.

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Nutty Granola Bars (or The Best Damn Travel Snacks)
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Recipe type: Snack, Gluten-free, Vegan
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Serves: 10-12
 
Make these nutty granola bars for everyday snacking or road tripping like a pro.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • ½ cup raw walnuts
  • ½ cup raw pecans
  • 6 soft pitted dates (Medjool or Mozafati dates are great)
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup brown rice syrup (sub honey if you want to keep it grain-free/paleo)
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ cup goji berries
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp plump raisins
  • ¼ cup cocoa nibs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Put the almonds, walnuts, and pecans in a food processor and pulse until you have a coarsely ground nut meal. Add in the pitted dates and pulse again until the dates break down and the dates are evenly distributed throughout the meal.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and stir in the remaining ingredients.
  4. Press into an 8x8 square pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes until slightly golden. Cool and cut into bars or squares.

 

 

 

13 Comments

  • Reply September 25, 2014

    Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    Have a wonderful trip! It sounds so great and I’m hoping I get to go one year. And travel snacks are certainly a must. These granola bars look perfect.

    • Reply September 25, 2014

      Kris

      Thanks, Liz! You should totally come. It’s a great time.

  • Reply September 25, 2014

    Kathryn

    I wish I’d known about the BHP earlier so I’d been able to get a ticket! I had dinner with Ashley last night in NYC and it was such a blast; you guys are going to have an amazing time!

    • Reply October 1, 2014

      Kris

      Kathryn, you should definitely come next year!! It would be so great to hang out. :)

  • Reply September 25, 2014

    Sherrie | With Food + Love

    Oh hello road-trip!! Travel safe, enjoy BHP + see you Sunday, yes!

    xo sherrie

    • Reply October 1, 2014

      Kris

      Yaaaaaay!!

  • Reply September 26, 2014

    Christine

    I love the look of these bars! Do you think it would be okay to sub in maple for the brown rice syrup? I know for some recipes it helps with stick-togetherness! Have a great time on your road trip!

    • Reply October 1, 2014

      Kris

      Hi Christine, Sorry about the delay! I didn’t get this comment until now. I’m not sure if maple syrup will work in terms of holding it together, but if worse comes to worse, you’ll still have a really delicious granola crumble. :) Honey might be a better option if you don’t want to use brown rice syrup. If you try it, let me know how it goes.

  • Have a wonderful trip! SO jealous – so many of my favorite things backed into one weekend. <3

    • Reply October 1, 2014

      Kris

      Shelly, you should totally come next year! It would be a blast. :)

  • […] foods most of the time like yogurt and nuts, last night’s roasted veggies, half of a hearty granola bar, an apple with a dollop of Ashley‘s almond butter on it… you know the drill. But every […]

  • Reply November 4, 2014

    Claudia

    This looks so great and easy, just wondering where I get coconut flour here… I tried to do These kinds of bars already but they always turned out not hard enough after baking and fell apart.

    • Reply November 4, 2014

      Kris

      Hi Claudia, Do you live in Toronto? If so, you can buy coconut flour in most well-stocked grocery stores, health food stores, and Bulk Barn. Costco and Home Sense also typically carry it. Alternatively, you can order it online, like on amazon. Here is a link, if you’re interested: http://amzn.to/1wufsW7. Also, these bars are a little crumbly as well. If you want to be sure that they really stick together, add in more brown rice syrup. Good luck with everything and thanks for stopping by!

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