Mixed Nut & Chocolate Squares

This recipe is from last Labor Day when I was a little bored at home...  So I got a little creative and messy in the kitchen.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups nuts (I used 1 cup almonds, 1 cup cashews and 1 cup walnuts.  You can also swap out a cup of nuts for pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1 bar of dark chocolate, chopped (or 1/2 cup of chocolate chips)
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup additional chocolate chips

Place 3 cups of mixed nuts into the food processor.  I prefer raw nuts in this recipe, but I'm sure roasted would taste good too.  Pulse nuts until they are coarsely chopped. You can also chop them by hand, should you not want to use your food processor.

Place chopped nuts into a large bowl with coconut flakes, raisins and chocolate.  Then mix together.  

In a small bowl, combine almond butter, honey, coconut oil, salt and cinnamon.  Place in microwave for 30 seconds.  Mix together and then add vanilla.

Pour liquid mixture over dry ingredients until all ingredients are fully coated.  The chocolate might melt a little, but that's totally ok!

Spread mixture (evenly, so that it is relatively smooth on top) into a parchment paper lined 8x8 pan.  Place into the freezer for about 30 minutes.  

While nut bars are in freezer, melt 1/3 cup of dark chocolate chips in the microwave (in 30 second intervals) until fully melted.

Remove pan from freezer and lift parchment paper out of the pan and place onto a flat surface (baking sheet works great).

This is the step where the artist in all of us will come out... Let the drizzling begin!  Drizzle the melted chocolate over the top of the nut bars.  I think the messy look is more appetizing, but you can create the art/design that inspires you!

Place the bars back in the freezer for about 10 more minutes.  Then remove and cut into squares.  They definitely need to be stored in the freezer or else they will fall apart.   These remind me of a trail mix bar, but so much more complex and delicious!

 

 

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