These mint nut bars are the perfect healthy snack. They are slightly sweet, nice and crunchy and a little refreshing. Kids love them and you will love how easy they are to make. These bars are also gluten free, dairy free and vegan!
Why you will love this recipe:
- These mint bars taste so good! They are similar to a granola bar but are made with nuts and seeds instead and have the perfect crunchy texture.
- These snack bars are quick and easy to make!
- Kids love them!
- These bars are gluten free, grain free, peanut free, dairy free, paleo, vegan, GAPS, and SCD.
- Besides making a great snack they also make a delicious, refreshing dessert or also work as a grab-and-go breakfast.
- It's cheaper to make your own energy bars at home rather than buying them at the store so these bars are a great way to save money on groceries.
Key ingredients and substitutions:
- Fresh mint leaves - mint is what is used to give these bars the most unique and refreshing flavour. The amount of mint you add is very flexible - for a stronger mint flavour, add a few more leaves - for a more subtle mint flavour, add less leaves.
- Cashews - cashews are one of the best nuts to use in nut bars because they have a natural sweetness that blends perfectly with the mint flavour. I recommend using raw, unsalted cashews and not roasted cashews for this recipe.
- Sunflower seeds - when combined with the cashews, sunflower seeds help give these bars that perfect crunchy texture. I recommend using raw, unsalted sunflower seeds and not salted or roasted sunflower seeds to make these bars.
- Finely shredded coconut - when combined with the nuts and seeds the coconut adds a delicious sweet flavour and adds even more texture to make every bite of these bars so satisfying!
- Honey or maple syrup - either of these natural sweeteners will work to sweeten these bars and keep them refined sugar free.
How to make:
First, add the cashews, sunflower seeds, shredded coconut and mint leaves to your food processor.
Then process the ingredients until they are your desired texture (I still like to have some larger chunks).
Now transfer the ingredients to a large bowl and add the coconut oil and honey and stir everything well to combine the ingredients.
Transfer the ingredients to a 9" x 9" pan lined with parchment paper. Press the ingredients down until you have an even, smooth layer.
Then place the pan in the freezer for at least 2 hours.
Lastly, remove the pan from the freezer and cut the bars into desired sized pieces. Then enjoy!
Recipe tips and variations:
- Instead of cashews you could also use blanched almonds to make these bars.
- These bars freeze well so feel free to make a double or triple batch and save some for later.
- These bars will get crumbly when they melt so it's best to try and eat them shortly after they have been removed from the freezer.
How to store:
These bars can get crumbly if left to warm so I recommend storing them in the freezer in an airtight bag or container. They will keep well for months in the freezer.
Frequently asked questions:
I don't think it would be possible to make this recipe without a food processor, unless you are able to find pre-crushed or chopped cashews.
I do not recommend it no. When coconut oil gets cold it hardens which helps hold these bars together, while butter does not harden in the same way.
Other recipes you will love:
- Blueberry mint lemonade
- Mint smoothie bowl
- Lavender mint lemonade
- Mint ice cream cake
- Roasted carrots and parsnips with mint maple vinaigrette
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Mint Nut Bars
- In your food processor combine the cashews, sunflower seeds, coconut and mint leaves.
- Process the ingredients until they are your desired texture (I still like to have some larger chunks).
- Transfer the ingredients to a large bowl.
- Add the coconut oil and honey and stir well to combine.
- Transfer the ingredients to a 9" x 9" pan lined with parchment paper.
- Press the ingredients down with a spoon to form a flat, even layer.
- Place the pan in the freezer for at least 2 hours.
- Remove the pan from the freezer and cut the bars into desired sized pieces.
- Serve and enjoy!
- These bars are quite crumbly which is why I recommend storing them in the freezer.
- I don't recommend using butter instead of coconut oil for these bars.
- Nutritional values are an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.