Crunchy Cashew Nut Bar Recipe

Updated: Mar 4, 2020

This nut bar recipe came from a desire to not go to the grocery store and just use up whatever ingredients I had in my house to make food for the day.


My husband and I snack on bars all the time so I figured I would try to make some nut bars since we were out of the typical ones I buy. If you are not a baker, no worries! This can easily be a no-bake nut bar recipe by eliminating the step of toasting the oats and nuts.


Scroll down for this super fast, sweet, salty, and crunchy recipe :)



Crunchy Cashew Nut Bars


INGREDIENTS


1 cup of dates (I used deglet noor but medjool also works)

1 1/2 cups of rolled oats (I use gluten-free)

1 cup of chopped cashews (mine were raw but salted/toasted are fine. would also be good with almonds!)

1/4 cup of maple syrup

1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter (or other nut butter of your choice)

pinch of salt


DIRECTIONS


  • Chop up cashews (or other nut preference) into tiny pieces

  • If toasting oats and cashews - place on a baking sheet in oven at 350-degrees F until light color starts to form (about 10 minutes)

  • Pulse dates in a food processor/high power blender until it turns into a ball or paste.

  • While the oats and nuts toast, melt the maple syrup and peanut butter in a small saucepan on low. Once it begins to melt remove from heat (you do not want to burn/overheat).

  • Place the melted peanut butter mixture, toasted cashews and oats, dates, and a pinch of salt in a large bowl and mix. (I had to use my hands to, but here's where a stand-mixer may help. The mix will feel very dry, sticky and rough on your hands, but that's ok.)

  • Line a baking dish or loaf pan with parchment paper or plastic wrap. Pour mixture in.

  • Using your hand or something solid like a round cup, press down on the mix very firmly until it is all flat. (I used a loaf pan and rolled a glass cup over the mix)

  • Once flattened, place in the fridge for 15 minutes to further firm up. Once out of the fridge, you can cut into squares or bars and enjoy!


P.S. there are a lot of directions here but this recipe is super quick!


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