Cranberry Macadamia Maple Bars
These bars are naturally sweet, a touch salty, and reminiscent of one of my favorite cookie combinations - white chocolate cranberry macadamia! While the search continues for dairy and refined sugar free white chocolate chips to add to the recipe, these bars combine healthy fats with an abundance of satisfying flavors that are perfect for a quick midday pick me up!
1½ cups chopped macadamia nuts
½ cup chopped cashew
½ cup chopped pumpkin seeds
½ cup of puffed brown rice finely ground
1 cup puffed brown rice
1 tbs ground flaxseed
½ cup brown rice syrup
2 tbs coconut butter
1-2 tbs maple sugar
2 tbs lucuma (optional)
1 tsp vanilla
¼ tsp sea salt
⅓ cup dried cranberry
**If you’re feeling more indulgent and don't a little dairy/refined sugar - you can certainly add in some white chocolate chips
1. Set oven to 350°F
2. Prepare a square 9” glass baking dish lined with parchment paper
3. Mix all of the dry ingredients together (besides lucuma powder) in a large bowl.
4. Using a double boiler or saucepan, add in your brown rice syrup, coconut butter, lucuma, and vanilla - warm and stir until they are silky smooth.
5. Spoon the caramel-like mixture over the dry ingredients and mix with your hands until fully combined.
6. Split into two batches and press each batch as flat as possible into the baking dish.
7. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
8. Let cool slightly and cut into rectangular bars.