So about my tasty blond bars… I love to grab a homemade granola bar when I’m on the run, or if I am just plain hungry and need a snack (which seems to be too often). I also enjoy having these bars for breakfast, since they are protein packed and have contain no added sugar. Honestly, I get very bored having eggs every morning. I’ll even have these as a dessert sometimes as well.
I decided I wanted to try another option as far as the bars go, so why not make them blond? Brunettes have just as much fun J. This version is also gluten free, with no baking required. This is ideal, especially since it is still summer, and we have had so many consecutive 90 plus degree days. Although yesterday and today have been amazing weather… Sunny and 80, and even down into the 60’s at night. I was able to have my windows open for the first time in months. However, I believe later this week and this weekend the temperature will be right back in the 90’s. Where are you fall?
My star ingredient in these bars is cashews. So here goes my fun knowledge on cashews. The cashew tree in native to Brazil. They are grown wide scale in Brazil, India, Vietnam and many parts of Africa. Hence, I doubt with our cold winters that I could grow one myself 😎 . So the cashew nut that we eat is actually attached at the bottom of a cashew apple. The cashew nut is formed inside a hard outer shell, which is toxic and cannot be eaten. These tasty, sweet and crunchy nuts are high in energy, antioxidants, and essential vitamins and minerals. They have high doses of vitamin B, E and K, calcium, Phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and many more. They also contain selenium, a micronutrient that is a co factor for antioxidants. These little nuts help prevent macular degenerate, and due to their strong antioxidant properties, they fight free radicals, lower blood pressure, improve skin and hair, and help prevent heart disease. They also have no cholesterol, and they have the same good fat that olive oil has. No wonder cashews are one of the most popular nuts found in sweet and savory dishes all over the world.
These bars are prepared very similar to my ‘dark chocolate double almond bars’. The honey and peanut butter are melted on the stove with the vanilla. FYI those 3 ingredients heated on the stove together taste delicious. I got worried the first time thinking that I wasn’t going to save enough for the actual recipe. Once this is mixed with the oats, the nuts are added and stirred, then placed in a pan and refrigerated.
I used quick oats for this recipe, instead of old fashion, and they turned out great. Also, the quick oats mixed great with the peanut butter.
It’s very important to let the bars chill for an hour, so that the oats and nuts can get coated with the liquid ingredients. They will taste much better, and produce a softer texture. Let me know which bars you like best… the blondes (cashews) or brunettes (almonds). Personally, I think you can’t go wrong with either.