The snack – it’s a modern invention. It’s what marketers call ‘occasion marketing’ where they name an occasion, sell the idea to you, and then sell you stuff to have on that occasion. People fill their carts with as many snacks as they do meal time foods and half the time, unbeknownst to the busy shopper, they’re packed with additives and void of any nutrients.
As long as the world has growing children and busy days, there will be some sort of need for snacks in our modern world on occasion. Reclaiming your snacks with nutritious Real Food options is what needs to happen.
I have a post with some fab snack ideas here if you’d like to take a look. If not, let’s move it right along as I bring you a very easy snack bar that you can make yourself – and I’m really not just saying that! It’s nut free too, so you can send your kids to school or to play dates with them, without fearing nut free zones and allergies. It lasts a good week in the pantry, meaning you can double this batch if you have a larger family, and not worry! Another week and it doesn’t go ‘off’, it just gets a bit chewy, rather than crunchy. Enjoy.
Real Food. Happy bodies.
Super Simple Seedy Snack Bar Recipe
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- 3 tbsp rice malt syrup (you could use maple or honey but they won't harden like rice malt syrup does, due to its higher glucose content)
- 3 tbsp butter or ghee
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon* (optional but fab for blood sugar stability & deliciousness!)
- Measure your seeds and have them ready.
- Melt the butter and rice syrup in a medium pan until they bubble and go a little golden. About 1 minute once bubbling.
- Add the cinnamon if you’re using and stir it in.
- Add the seeds, turning the heat off, combining the caramel with the seeds, just roughly for a few seconds.
- Pour the mixture out onto baking / parchment paper and press into a rectangular shape with your hands. The seeds should be as tightly packed in as possible, so that they stick when they cool.
- Refrigerate to set for 30 minutes.
- Cut bars, or break bits off and I challenge you not to think 'WOW. That was actually really easy!' You can also check out a delicious Coconut & Cranberry variation here.
Hi Alexx – I made these yesterday and my very finicky teenage daughters gave them the thumbs up!! Thank you, Kate
Fantastic news – Love it when we can please a tough crowd! Perhaps they can make them next time!! 🙂
Hi Alexx, I love this recipe but just noticed that the quantity of rice syrup disappeared. Was it 2 tbsp? Thanks
Oh Marie – well spotted thank goodness you saw it as an already-lover of the recipe! Added the 3tbsp back in. We recently undertook the epic task of moving everything over to a recipe app so that all the recipes are printable and there was no ‘copy paste’ about it unfortunately.
Thanks again for spotting that!