Strawberry Chia Seed Energy Bars

Strawberry Chia Seed Bars

My baby loves those whole grain fig bars by Nature’s Bakery that you can buy at Costco. I confess, I love them too. They are sooo yummy and easy for my baby to eat. I just hand her one and she takes care of business. We buy them instead of Nutrigrain bars because the ingredients are non-GMO and dairy free. Anyway, I wanted to experiment and figure out how to make a similar treat. Now I have to admit, I sorta failed. They look nothing like a fig bar and more like a dessert. My husband said they taste more like a Larabar, but we all enjoyed them so I’m calling it a success.

Ingredients for the filling:

2 c strawberries fresh or frozen (thawed slightly)

1 tsp honey

1 to 3 tbsp chia seeds (Just throw in a good amount)

Ingredients for the crust:

1 1/2 c unsweetened coconut

1 1/2 c almonds

dash of sea salt

11 pitted prunes

In a blender, blend the strawberries with the honey and chia seeds to a consistency of jam, not totally pureed. Pour into a bowl and store overnight in the refrigerator. The next day, the  mixture should be a thick consistency, like a jam. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Take ingredients for the crust and grind in a food processor or blender. Place parchment paper at the bottom of 8×8 pan and press 2/3 of your crust ingredients onto paper. Spread strawberry mixture over crust. I did a layer of coconut next. Then top with remaining crust mixture. Bake for 25 minutes.

Crust was adapted from this recipe for Key Lime Bites.

 

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