I invented this recipe when I was first pregnant and hungry all the time. (We dubbed them “Qwerty” Bars because my nerdy husband called our children QWERTY and ASDF, respectively, while they were in utero!) These little raw energy bars pack a punch! They are great after a workout or to tide you over between meals.
I never make the same batch twice. Use what you have on hand and like to eat; you’ll find yourself gravitating to a particular mix and that’s just fine!
Qwerty Bars (skeleton recipe)
Seeds/Nuts – Choose 2-3 cups:
Pepitas (roasted pumpkin seeds)
Mixed nuts (peanuts, walnuts, cashews, macadamia and Brazil nuts)
Grains – Choose 1-2 cups:
Flax seed meal
Fruit/Berries – Choose 1-2 cups:
Liquids – Choose enough for the correct moisture level*:
Brown rice syrup (this is what I use and recommend)
Fruit juice or puree
Whirl the larger seeds in food processor until slightly fragmented; whirl mixed nuts until pasty. Add to grain choices in a large mixing bowl.
Whirl fruit and berry choices until fragmented (some choices may need to be smaller than others). Add to mixing bowl.
Heat liquid (if necessary – it is, with brown rice syrup) until runny, then integrate with other ingredients. This takes a LOT of heavy stirring.
*Your Qwerty mix should look like a nice seedy mixture, not pasty and wet. It should clump together nicely when you squeeze it so the bars stay intact after cutting. Practice pays off, so make them often!
Press the mixture into an 8x8 baking dish lined with a piece of saran wrap. Cover and freeze to set. Remove from dish and cut into bars. Store airtight in fridge.
Don’t eat them all at once!