Having a little summer break before I start my new job has really been nice. I can't wait to start working & putting everything I've learned into action (while learning lots more!), but I'm also enjoying my time off & trying to allow myself to kick back a little. I can be pretty 'Type A', so it's not always easy for me to appreciate my down time.
I do think this down time will be good for my blog though! It's awesome having the time to get creative with new recipes, and having an in-home taste tester to try them all out for me :)
My most recent creation was these baked bars. They started out with a mixture that I pulsed in the food processor- with the intentions of coming up with some sort of Larabar. Then, I got a craving for baked goods- so I added butter & banana, and popped these in the oven. So glad I did. They are seriously amazing.
These bars would be perfect as a morning snack with coffee. I also packed these in Dathan's lunch for a work snack- just as good! They would be great for kids' lunches since they taste like a chewy cookie bar :)
The buttery flavor, soft & crunchy cookie texture, and hint of blueberry go so perfectly together- you will not be disappointed! Plus, they smell heavenly!!! They also taste great both warm AND cooled in the refrigerator.
Okay, I could go on and on... Just give them a try! ~
Just a Tip: Buy your raw cashews in the "pieces" rather than whole! They are much cheaper & just as good when you are going to smash them up anyway :)
- 12 pitted dates
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 banana
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 3 Tbsp butter, melted (you could also try coconut oil)
- pinch of sea salt
- 1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
- In a food processor, pulse the dates, cashews, almonds, banana and shredded coconut until the nuts are broken into small pieces.
- Add the melted butter & a pinch of sea salt, and pulse again until the mixture is combined.
- Stir in the blueberries until evenly distributed, and transfer to an 8" or 9" baking dish lined with parchment paper (see picture above).
- Bake for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges.
- Allow to cool completely, then remove from the dish by pulling up on the parchment paper.
- Slice into 12 or 16 bars, and serve!