Six Ingredient Cashew Bars: Instant Gratification

Sometimes you just need a snack. Am I right? But you don’t want it to be a chore to make! Part of the fun is experimenting with simple ingredients to create the flavor and texture you crave. No more buying bars if you don’t want to! Fresh is better, plus you get to customize it to your palate.

I don’t know what I’d do without my food processor. It understands my hurry & makes these bars for me quick quick! Add the stuff, push the button, done.

I remember the days when we’d buy nuts in the shell. Mom would send me to the pantry with a hand-held nutcracker to bring her a bowlful of shelled nuts. Then she’d hand me a tiny contraption that could grind exactly 2 nuts. It had a little swivel, a screw-top and small glass container to catch the grind. This is what it looked like. I’m glad things have progressed since then to more efficient methods.

 

For this recipe you will need:

  • 2 cups raw cashews
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 c coconut flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 Tablespoons sesame oil
  • 3 Tablespoons maple syrup or raw agave

Add the dry ingredients to the food processor first and grind until fine. Add the remaining ingredients and process until everything sticks together. Drizzle with melted dark chocolate on top. Optionally, you could sub the sesame oil for coconut oil and get a coconut confection. Sup the Maple syrup/agave for a doubled amount of coconut nectar for a darker molasses flavored bar. Who knew, just six ingredients could offer so much variety!

 

My bar tastes like mildly sweet halvah. If you’ve never had that before, it’s a fudge like candy traditionally made out of sesame seed paste (tahini) and a boat load of sugar.

I’ve re-created it to have a similar flavor but with good-for-you ingredients. Because cashew nuts contain very low polyunsaturated fats, and a mild flavor, I chose to add these in along with a bit of sesame oil for taste. Nuts and seeds are great and an excellent source of healthy fats but this healthy food should be consumed in moderation.

Here’s another quick quick dessert recipe for you to try!

 

Let me know if you re-create this bar and if you change it up. Enjoy!

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