Chewy Cherry Chocolate Nut Bars

Here’s a sweet and satisfying snack that you can take with you anywhere to give you energy for your day!  There’s only a half cup of chocolate chips in this recipe to give you just enough to satisfy that chocolate craving.

Cherry Choc Nut Bars

Chewy Cherry Chocolate Nut Bars

Modified from recipe: here

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (a few extra to sprinkle on top)
  • sea salt (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (a few extra to sprinkle on top)
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup organic apple juice

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Toast oats, almonds and pumpkin seeds seasoned with sea salt for about 20 minutes.  Shake baking sheet about half way through time.
  3. Let oat mixture cool.
  4. Place all ingredients except apple juice in a food processor and pulse chop until coarsely mixed.
  5. Slowly had apple juice until entire mixture is moist.
  6. Place mixture in an 8×8 glass baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  7. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.  Cut into at least 16 square serving sizes and enjoy!
  8. Store in an air tight container or wrap with plastic wrap to keep fresh.

*Health Benefits:

Oats:  High in fiber (reduce cholesterol), manganese (for bone production, skin integrity, and blood sugar control).

Almonds: Rich in biotin (support healthy skin, helps body use sugar efficiently, and maintains energy in nerve cells), vitamin E (protects against free radicals),  manganese, copper (supports tissue health) and vitamin B2 – riboflavin ( for energy metabolism).

**Dried Cherries: Good source of copper (supports tissue health) and vitamin C (protects from free radicals).

Pumpkin Seeds:  Rich in Manganese, copper, magnesium (key mineral in metabolism), and zinc (for proper immune function and skin health).

Sunflower Seeds:  Rich source of vitamin E, copper, vitamin B1 – thiamin (for energy production and nervous system support), manganese, selenium (for antioxidant protection), magnesium, vitamin B6 (for metabolism of carbs, brain health, and liver detoxification).

Flaxseed: Rich in omega-3 fats (supports many of the body’s systems and decreases risk of many chronic diseases), vitamin B1, and copper.

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