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My husband and I are really into hiking and mountaineering. Being in New Zealand is the PERFECT place for us. Have you seen Lord of the Rings? Incredible scenery. Huge mountains. Lush greenery everywhere.
Too bad we’re on the north island.
Here we have beaches. I actually LOVE beaches. My husband is the mountain man. I’m the beach bum.
But back to hiking.
In New Zealand it’s called tramping. Kinda, sorta weird.
But whatever you want to call it, we LOVE getting outdoors. And more IMPORTANTLY, we love eating when we’ve just burned thousands of calories (or even just five!).
These Honey Nut Bars are our go-to snacks. They are full of energy packed into a nice little package. Who wouldn’t want that on a mountain?
It took me a while to come up with a nut / honey / energy / “candy” bar that I was proud of. After a few failed attempts (lesson learned #1: don’t add any form of rice), I have come up with a masterpiece.
These don’t last long in our household.
We’re nuts about nuts around here. Sorry.
It’s just that when I make these, I end up eating/consuming/devouring more than a healthy portion. Do you ever have that problem? Sometimes testing the food is way too fun!
Try making these honey nut bars. Never buy nut/energy bars at the store again! They’re so easy. Trust me.
Here are the ingredients you will need:
1 cup cashews, crushed (see directions for how I do it)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sesame seeds
2 cups shredded coconut
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (for the love of all that’s good and pure in this world, don’t use vanilla flavoring!)
1/2 teaspoon seasalt
7-8 tablespoons honey
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
Crush the raw cashews in a ziplock with a rolling pin.
Combine all of the nuts and seeds (cashews, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame) with the salt and coconut.
Melt the honey in a small sauce pan on LOW heat. Do not overheat. When the honey is semi-melted, add in the vanilla.
Combine the honey and nut/seed mixture.
Line a 17”x17” baking sheet with baking paper. Spread the mixture into the baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden. They will look like this:
Don’t overbake but if you do it’s ok. They’re still delicious.
Cut them up. You can either individually wrap them or put all the bars into one ziplock back.