A few months ago, Bob asked if I could make a snack for him that would replace his daily Clif Bar. I did a little research on different variations of snack bars, and adjusted ingredients for what we keep at home.
These are healthy, tasty, and insanely easy to pull together. Every time I make them, I change it up just a bit. This way each batch is unique. You really can’t go wrong. If you don’t have something I listed, use something else. Use ingredients you enjoy. Experiment!
- 1 3/4 c. gluten-free oats
- 1/4 c. raw, unsalted pepitas (or other seed/nut of choice)
- 1/4 c. raw, unsalted sunflower seeds (or other seed/nut of choice)
- 1/4 c. chia seeds (or ground flax seed)
- 1/4 c. almond or quinoa flour
- 1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
- 2/3 c. nut/seed butter
- 1 t. vanilla extract (or try maple, coconut or almond extract)
- spices to taste (try cinnamon, nutmeg, cacao, maca . . . )
- 1/4 c. unsweetened dried grated coconut (can mix in or reserve to use as a coating after rolling balls of the dough)
- a bit of liquid to achieve consistency desired (milk, nut milk, coconut milk, water)
- 1/2 c. optional add-ins: raisins, chocolate chips, dried cherries, etc.
- if desired (I usually omit this), sweetener to taste (honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, stevia)
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Continue mixing/mashing together until there is a dough-like consistency. Form bite-size balls. If dried coconut was reserved, roll balls in coconut to coat them. Store in the refrigerator.