I’m so excited about the upcoming winter holidays! Hoping for plenty of snow on the slopes that will act as a cushion for any falls and make them a little bit more fun.
As we pack up, I’m also packing these healthy energy bars. One thing we’ll surely need on the top of the mountain is energy, accompanied by some good music and big smiles on our faces. And these home-made nuts and seeds bars are full of good power from the honey and agave syrup which give you the initial surge of energy, followed by slowly released goodness from the nuts, seeds and dried fruit.
I first prepared them a couple of weeks ago and they made a hit at work, even with those colleagues on strict New Year detoxing diets. And as they got excellent reviews at home too, I thought they’ll be perfect for our active holiday. Time to wrap them up and finish packing.
Just checked the weather and looks like it’s snowing in our snowboarding destination. Bring it on!
Makes 16 bars
100g raw almonds, roughly chopped
100g walnut pieces, roughly chopped
100g hazelnuts, roughly chopped
50g pumpkin seeds
50g sunflower seeds
100g dried cranberries
1 tbsp flax seeds
1 tbsp sesame seeds
100ml agave syrup
3 tablespoons ground almonds
0.5 teaspoon vanilla extract
0.5 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 175 C / gas mark 4.
In a small bowl, mix together the honey, agave syrup, vanilla extract, ground almonds, cinnamon and salt.
In a large bowl, mix the chopped almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds and dried cranberries. Pour the honey and agave syrup mixture over the nuts, seeds and fruit mixture until well combined.
Press well into a baking tray lined with baking paper.
Bake for about 20-25 minutes until the mixture starts to brown.
Remove from the oven and leave to cool before cutting into bars or forming round nuggets.