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Chewy Trail Mix Bars | Raw, Vegan |

Chewy Trail Mix Bars | Raw, Vegan |

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Chewy Trail Mix Bars are so incredibly yummy and nutritious, you’ll wonder why you didn’t make them sooner!  One of the simplest recipes, Chewy Trail Mix Bars come together in 10 minutes, and give you a satisfyingly sweet (but not too sweet!) breakfast or snack to enjoy on-the-go and during your busy day.  And when you make your own bars at home, you can be sure there are no preservatives, artificial and “natural” flavors, and other weird ingredients.  Wholesome and oh so good, these Chewy Trail Mix Bars will please child and adult alike 😊 And they’re perfect for meal prep (no baking needed)!

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Serves: 12

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 0 minutes

What (your ingredients):

10 dates

½ cup creamy peanut butter (drippy, natural)

¼ cup maple syrup

¼ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon cinnamon

2 cup oats

¼ cup sunflower seeds

¼ cup pumpkin seeds

¼ cup goji berries

How (your directions):

Line a medium baking dish (7x11) with parchment paper and set aside. 

Add dates to a bowl and cover with water.  Microwave on high for 60 seconds.  Dates should be gooey and sticky.  Remove the pits and add dates to a food processor.

Blend dates on high until a sticky paste forms.  Add peanut butter, maple syrup, salt, and cinnamon.  Blend on high until a dough ball forms. 

In a large bowl, add oats, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and goji berries.  Stir to evenly distribute ingredients.

Using your hands, take the date and peanut butter dough ball and add it to the dry ingredients.  Knead dry ingredients into the date and peanut butter dough until all ingredients are evenly incorporated.

Press dough firmly into the parchment-lined backing dish.  Refrigerate for 15 minutes. 

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To cut, first remove the entire trail mix slab by lifting the parchment paper out of the baking dish.

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Slice into 10 bars.  Enjoy immediately, or store in an airtight container for 5-7 days.

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Why (the science):  The oats, nuts, seeds, and dates make these bars the ultimate energy boosting snack or breakfast on-the-go!  Keeping your blood sugar stable throughout the day is the key to improved mood, focus, and productivity. 

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