26 July 2011

almond cherry bars

nuts.  dried fruit.  maple syrup.  chocolate.  sweet craving fixed.

{almond cherry bars}

i baked the most yummy batch of bars after having seen this recipe last week.  they were totally worth turning the oven on for.

almond cherry bars based on this recipe from peas & thankyou
3 tbsp ground flax seed
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 1/2 cups raw almonds
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup dried "cherry" cranberries (sweetened with cherry juice) or dried cherries
1 tsp fine sea salt
1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips

in a small bowl, combine the ground flax seed & maple syrup and set it aside.  chop up the almonds and cashews, keeping the pieces fairly large.  place the nuts in a bowl along with the salt &  cherry cranberries and mix well to distribute the salt (trust me, you don't want the whole teaspoon to end up in one bite.  or maybe you do).  pour in the flax syrup and stir well to coat evenly.  pour the mixture into an 8x8 parchment paper lined pan and with a spatula spread it out evenly, being sure to get the corners too.

bake in a preheated oven at 350 for 25 minutes - take the pan out to cool even though the mixture will still look gooey.  allow it to cool fully and harden.  there is no shame here if you want to pop it into the fridge or freezer.  once it's cooled, melt the chocolate chips and drizzle over the bars.  allow things to cool and set once more before removing the entire thing from the pan (with ease thanks to the parchment!) and cutting.

{oh my kale}

{or rather, oh my peas}

what great timing today too with this post as i found out this morning that sarah (aka mama pea herself) has selected me as a winner of her new cookbook release prizepack!  i am such a lucky gal!  i got all giggly and was gushing about it to m, who looked at me like a bit of a crazy lady because i'm sure he was confused with all the blog stammering, but the message he understood was, "new yummy recipes are coming and i will inevitably reap the benefits" - then he got excited for himself me.

also, today actually happens to be sarah's official book release day!  happy tuesday all around!


  1. Congratulations on winning the peas prize pack! Beautiful pictures as always!

  2. yum!! Congrats on winning the prize pack! I love how this recipe has so few ingredients.

  3. omg these look so so good, and grain-free too!

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