Salted Chocolate Nutty Bars
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Recipe type: Snack, Nuts, Nut Bars
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Serves: 12 Bars
 
Sweet and salty chocolate drizzled healthy nut bars made with few ingredients and a whole lot of nutrition!
Ingredients
  • 1 bag 16oz mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, cranberries)*
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds (also called “pepitas")
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup honey (I used this one)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • coarse sea salt crystals
  • ⅓ cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F degrees. Line a 8x11 baking sheet or glass pyrex with parchment paper, allowing for extra parchment to hang on the sides to easily remove the bars.
  2. In a large bowl add in the first two ingredients (nuts and seeds) and mix to combine.
  3. In a small sauce pan add in the brown sugar, honey, vanilla extract and pinch of salt. Stir with a
  4. spatula until the sugar has dissolved and mixture starts to bubble.
  5. Pour sugar mixture over the nuts. Using a wooden spoon fold to combine. This will quickly become sticky and harder to fold.
  6. Pour nutty mix into the prepared baking sheet/ pyrex and press it down and into the corners with the wooden spoon.
  7. Bake in the middle rack for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow it to cool off for about ½ hour.
  8. Melt the chocolate chips in microwave for 30-35 seconds. Pour the melted chocolate into a small ziplock bag or sandwich bag (right into one of the corners). Cut a tiny piece of the edge/ corner of the zipper bag allowing for a small whole to release the melted chocolate. Drizzle chocolate over the nut bars, then transfer to the refrigerator for another ½ hour or so.
  9. When completely cooled, remove the entire piece by pulling the parchment paper out, from it’s longer sides. Place it on a cutting board. Using a sharp long knife, cut into half (the long way) and each half into 6 bars, making 12 bars in total.
Notes
I used the Whole Foods brand 365 Everyday Value Cape Cod Trail Mix!
Recipe by Garden in the Kitchen at https://gardeninthekitchen.com/salted-chocolate-nutty-bars/