Energy Nut Bars

Makes about 12 to 16. Recipe is courtesy of Doug Kaufmann’s Know the Cause, which says these no-bake, high-fiber, high-protein bars are rich, so a little piece goes a long way.

2 cups raw almonds or 1 cup almonds

1 cup cashews or any nut mixture you prefer

1?2 cup ground chia or flax seeds (1?4 cup whole seed chia or flax equals 1?2 cup ground)

1?2 cup shredded unsweetened, unsulfured coconut and extra to press on top

1?2 cup unsalted almond butter

1?4 cup quinoa flakes, optional

1?2 tsp. sea salt

1?4 tsp. cinnamon

1?2 cup virgin coconut oil

1 tbl. organic vanilla flavor or vanilla extract

25 drops liquid stevia or powdered stevia to taste or 1?8 cup xylitol or more to taste

1. Place almonds, cashews, chia or flax, shredded coconut, almond butter, quinoa flakes, salt and cinnamon in a food processor. Pulse briefly, about 7 seconds, you want to keep it chunky.

2. In a small sauce pan, melt coconut oil over very low heat, if it needs to be melted. Remove coconut oil from stove and add vanilla and stevia or xylitol into oil and stir well until dissolved and well combined. Add coconut oil mixture to food processor and pulse until ingredients form a coarse paste.

3. Use 2 pieces of parchment paper to crisscross the bottom of an 8-inch-by-8-inch glass baking dish. Press nut mixture evenly into dish. Press extra shredded coconut onto the top of the bars if desired, optional.