Creative Non-GMO Breakfast Bars

Our beautiful friend, Adriana White, made these awesome raw breakfast bars for our trip to the Mother Earth News Fair in Washington. I couldn’t believe how easy they are to make and just how versatile they can be, so I started experimenting!

Oh, and did I mention? They are GMO free!

One of the best things about a treat like this is that you don’t really need a set recipe. I didn’t use one and just started throwing things together. My first experiment turned out pretty good, carrot cake breakfast bars with coconut frosting. I made these for our latest GMO Free Potluck and Strategy Meeting (we will have one once a month, see calendar of events if you are interested in attending).

The “recipe” went something like this:

Carrot Cake Breakfast Bars with Coconut Frosting

I saved the carrot, apple, and lemon pulp from juicing (about 4 carrots, 3 apples, and 2 lemons). If you do not have a juicer, process or chop up carrots and apples. You can omit the lemon if you want but I thought it added a nice touch. Set aside.

Mix together:

4 cups chopped raw nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans)

1/2 cup each of pumpkin and sunflower seeds

1/4 cup flax meal

1/4 cup hemp seeds

1/4 cup chia seed

Add:

1/2 of liquid coconut oil, add more if needed (heat slowly, never bring to a boil!)

1/4 – 1/2 cup raw honey

2 heaping tablespoons of cinnamon, add more if needed

1 tablespoon vanilla

dash of salt

Give it a nice stir and then combine the nuts with the pulp. Mix well and add 1/2 cup raisins and 1/4 cup whole walnuts. Spread out on pan.

Frosting:

3 cups coconut flakes

1/2 – 1 cup liquid coconut oil

dash of vanilla

Process together until you get a gooey, yet flaky consistency. Add more ingredients if necessary. Sprinkle on top of bars and add more whole walnut pieces and coconut flakes on top. Put in fridge to set and enjoy! I wish I had a picture of these bars because they looked beautiful and tasted amazing!

My next experiment turned out pretty good too. This time I decided to use the same nut mix but added blackberries and apples instead of the carrot/apple/lemon pulp. Wowza! I was surprised how good these turned out!

Blackberry Apple BreakFast Bars with Dark Chocolate Frosting

Non GMO Blackberry Treat

I bought blackberries from the farmers market last weekend, so I used about 3 – 4 cups of frozen blackberries and processed them with 1 big apple. Add 1/4 cup raw agave nectar. Set aside.

Mix together:

4 cups chopped raw nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans)

1/2 cup each of pumpkin and sunflower seeds

1/4 cup flax meal

1/4 cup hemp seeds

1/4 cup chia seed

Add:

1/2 of liquid coconut oil, add more if needed (heat slowly, never bring to a boil!)

1/4 – 1/2 cup raw honey

1 tablespoon vanilla

Mix the nuts with the blackberry/apple puree. The consistency should be wet but firm. Spread into pan.

Frosting:

I bought 85% dark chocolate “Dream Chocolate” chunks and melted them. YUMMY! If you haven’t had Dream Chocolate you must! They are Boise made and infused with local, organic ingredients whenever they are available. Spread chocolate on top of your bars and put in fridge for them to set.

Like I mentioned, you can pretty much use anything for these bars. Try substitute different berries and nut mixes or make up your own recipes. I want to try lemon cake bars next!

If you are trying to avoid GMOs and want to incorporate more raw, whole foods into your diet, this is the type of recipe you have been looking for. These bars are a healthy, non-GMO food alternative that your whole family can enjoy…..here’s to being GMO free!

Click here to see Jenny’s recipe for non-GMO breakfast bars!

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