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Salted Chocolate Nutty Bars

Sweet and salty chocolate drizzled healthy nut bars made with few ingredients and a whole lot of nutrition!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Nut Bars, Nuts, Snack
Servings: 12 Bars
Author: Silvia Ribas

Ingredients

  • 1 bag 16oz mixed nuts almonds, cashews, cranberries*
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds also called “pepitas"
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey I used this one
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • coarse sea salt crystals
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  • 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.
  • In a large bowl add in the first two ingredients (nuts and seeds) and mix to combine.
  • In a small sauce pan add in the brown sugar, honey, vanilla extract and pinch of salt. Stir with a
  • spatula until the sugar has dissolved and mixture starts to bubble.
  • Pour sugar mixture over the nuts. Using a wooden spoon fold to combine. This will quickly become sticky and harder to fold.
  • Pour nutty mix into the prepared baking sheet/ pyrex and press it down and into the corners with the wooden spoon.
  • Bake in the middle rack for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow it to cool off for about 1/2 hour.
  • 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 1/2 hour or so.
  • 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!