(This recipe is taken from Joyful Abode, Emily’s blog – please click on the following link to visit her site: http://www.joyfulabode.com. My notes on the recipe are in bold/italics.)
You will need:
- 2.5 cups assorted nuts and seeds
- 1 cup dried fruit
- 2 cups shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (works with canola/vegetable oil too)
- 1/2 cup honey
- splash of vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- generous sprinkle of cinnamon
- some more cinnamon
Roughly chop 1 cup of the nuts and seeds. Place in a bowl.
Use your food processor to pulse the other 1.5 cups of nuts and seeds into a finer “chop.” Add to the bowl.
Add your fruit.
Stir in the dried coconut.
In a saucepan over medium-low heat, combine oil, honey, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon. Cook until the mixture bubbles, then pour over the fruit/nut mixture.
Stir to combine completely.
Press your mixture into a parchment-lined pan of some sort. Press HARD. (Emily notes that you have to keep pressing hard for a while. This action is what will make or break the bars. Strong pressing will hold them together. I’d add that storing them in the refrigerator will help with that, too.)
Cool 2-3 hours, then remove from the pan and cut into bars.