Healthy Nut and Seed bar Recipe

This healthy nut and seed bar recipe makes the most amazing soft nut bars, with a combination of nuts packed with healthy fats, almond butter and honey.

It’s an easy recipe that doesn’t need to be baked, and the perfect snack! after making these, you’ll think twice before buying store-bought bars again.

Healthy Nut and Seed bar Recipe

Why you’re going to love these bars

  1. They’re packed with healthy fats and nutritious ingredients
  2. They are no-bake, so they require no baking time at all
  3. These are super quick to make (think of quick breakfast!)
  4. You can make many substitutions and can be customized, depending on your personal preferences or nut allergy
  5. They’re sweetened with natural sweeteners, and have no refined sugar. They still have the right amount of sweetness and you won’t be missing the sugar at all!
  6. You can make them ahead of time, and these can become a grab-and-go healthy breakfast
  7. You can use them on top of smoothie bowls or yogurt
  8. They taste A-MA-ZING! these were a big hit at home, gone by the second day!
Nut and Seed bars

Are seed bars healthy?

Generally speaking, seed bars are considered healthy when they are made with natural nuts, seeds and a refined sugar free base.

They have plenty of good fats, fiber, and they’re a good source of vitamins and antioxidants.

The problem is when you start adding marshmallows, chocolate candy, pretzels, nuts covered in oil, and all those unhealthy extra ingredients that will change your bars completely.

This recipe calls for healthy ingredients, all natural and as clean as possible. Try to stick to that for a healthier bar.

Seed bar on its side

Ingredients you’ll need for this healthy snack

This recipe calls for healthy ingredients that can be found in any big grocery store:

  • Almonds, cashews, pecans and Hazelnuts. Packed with goodness and fatty acids, these nuts will be the main ingredient in your bars. Make sure they are 100% natural, without any added oil
  • Chia and hemp seeds. These are smaller seeds, rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Coconut flour. It will not only give flavor to these seed bars, but also will help bind all the ingredients together
  • Honey. Sweetens the bars in a natural way, without the need to use refined sugar
  • Almond Butter. The glue to these energy bars
  • Vanilla extract. Good quality pure vanilla extract for better results
  • Cinnamon. Provides flavor to these homemade granola bars
  • Sea salt. Enhances flavors
  • Chocolate Chips. I used paleo friendly, refined sugar free, dark chocolate chips

Take a look at the printable recipe card at the end if the post for the full recipe with exact ingredients!

Single seed bar

Step-by-step instructions on how to make these healthy granola bars

Start by lining the bottom and sides of an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper, letting it hang slightly from the sides, then spraying it with non-stick oil.

In a small bowl mix the Honey, almond butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon and sea salt, and heat for a few second in the microwave or over a stove top, just until a bit softer. This is so you can mix it more easily with the rest of the ingredients.

In a large mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients (Almonds, cashews, pecans, hazelnuts chia seeds and hemp seeds). Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until everything is very well combined. Let cool slightly (otherwise chocolate chips could melt) and incorporate the chocolate chips, and mix.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan, and using a sheet of parchment paper or a flat spatula, press tightly into an even layer. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours or freeze for 1 hour.

Pulling from the sides of the parchment paper, remove the mixture from the pan, place it on a cutting board, and cut into 12 equally sized bars. If you want to, drizzle the bars with some chocolate. Keep refrigerated

How do you make granola bars stick together?

There are a few ingredients that could help granola bars stick together; in this recipe I used honey and almond butter to help all of the ingredients stay together. I think of them as the “glue” between all the nuts and seeds

Tips and tricks for making this nut bar recipe

  • Do not over heat the wet ingredients, just enough for them to be soft and for you to be able to mix them more easily
  • Wait until the mixture is completely cooled before adding the chocolate chips, or you might end up with a melty mess
  • Press the mixture as tightly as possible with the help of a piece of parchment paper or a rubber spatula. This will help the bars hold their shape better when cutting them
  • Keep the bars refrigerated at all times; these bars are not made to be at room temperature, they would be too soft to hold their shape
  • You can substitute the seeds and nuts for any of your choice! take a look at the “substitution” suggestions below
Side of nut bar

Substitutions for this Healthy nut and seed bar recipe

  • Nuts: You can substitute the nuts for brazil nuts, macadamias, pine nuts, pistachios or any of your favorite nuts
  • Seeds: substitute the seeds for sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, or any other seed of your choice
  • Almond Butter: substitute the almond butter for natural peanut butter, sunflower seed butter or any other butter of your preference

How long do homemade granola bars last?

These seed granola bars can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

If you’re stacking them, make sure to add a piece of parchment paper paper in between each layer, so they don’t stick together.

Can you freeze seed bars?

Sure! you can freeze these for up to 2 months in an airtight container.

The same applies as if you were refrigerating them: make sure to add a piece of parchment paper in between each bar layer if you’re stacking them.

bars drizzled with chocolate

Here’s a video of this healthy nut and bar seed recipe so you can see up-close texture and consistency.

Follow this link for more healthier dessert recipes, or follow the links below for some similar recipes:

Protein Packed Energy Bites

Healthier Chocolate Hazelnut Granola

The ultimate Granola Bar

Chocolate Almond Butter Recipe

Healthier Chocolate Hazelnut Tart

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Side of nut bar
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Healthy Nut and Seed bar Recipe

This healthy nut and seed bar recipe makes the most amazing soft nut bars, with a combination of nuts packed with healthy fats, almond butter and honey.
Prep Time15 mins
Additional Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Healthier Recipes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy Nut and Seed bar Recipe, how to make seed bars, Maria Corcuera, nut & seed bars, nut and seed bars, super seedy granola bars, sweet fix baker
Servings: 12 bars
Calories: 289kcal
Author: Maria Corcuera

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup almonds 100% natural
  • 1/2 Cup cashews 100% natural
  • 1/2 Cup hazelnuts 100% natural
  • 1/4 Cup pecans 100% natural
  • 1/4 Cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 Cup hemp seeds
  • 1/2 Cup coconut flour
  • 1/3 Cup honey
  • 1/3 Cup almond butter 100% natural, no added sugars
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Cup dark chocolate chips I used paleo friendly

Instructions

  • Start by lining the bottom and sides of an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper, letting it hang slightly from the sides, then spraying it with non-stick oil.
  • In a small bowl mix the Honey, almond butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon and sea salt, and heat for a few second in the microwave or over a stove top, just until a bit softer. This is so you can mix it more easily with the rest of the ingredients.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients (Almonds, cashews, pecans, hazelnuts chia seeds and hemp seeds). Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until everything is very well combined. Let cool slightly (otherwise chocolate chips could melt) and incorporate the chocolate chips, and mix.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pan, and using a sheet of parchment paper or a flat spatula, press tightly into an even layer. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours or freeze for 1 hour.
  • Pulling from the sides of the parchment paper, remove the mixture from the pan, place it on a cutting board, and cut into 12 equally sized bars. If you want to, drizzle the bars with some chocolate. Keep refrigerated

Notes

  • Do not over heat the wet ingredients, just enough for them to be soft and for you to be able to mix them more easily
  • Wait until the mixture is completely cooled before adding the chocolate chips, or you might end up with a melty mess
  • Press the mixture as tightly as possible with the help of a piece of parchment paper or a rubber spatula. This will help the bars hold their shape better when cutting them
  • Keep the bars refrigerated at all times; these bars are not made to be at room temperature, they would be too soft to hold their shape
  • You can substitute the seeds and nuts for any of your choice!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 160mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 13g

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