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Author Notes: Happy national granola bar day! To celebrate I wanted to create a vegan super healthy fruit and nuts bar, but not only that. I also came up with a super simple juice recipe that can be made at home without a juicer! Juicers are very expensive and I'm not entirely sure I have fully committed to drinking homemade juice regularly. This juice recipe is refreshing and sweet. The beautiful thing about juicing is you can throw whatever you so please in there. Feel free to get those creative juices flowing. I hope you enjoy this healthy kick today. I know I am! —Rachel Haas
- 1/2 cup raw pecans
- 1/2 cup raw walnuts
- 1/4 cup raw walnuts
- 1/8 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 teaspoon cocoa nibs
- 3 tablespoons agave nectar
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1/4 cup organic frozen Balaton cheries
- 1 cup ice
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup organic strawberries
- 1/4 cup cucumber
- 1 cup organic spinach
- 3 lemon slices
- 1/4 cup organic frozen Balaton cherries
- Preheat oven to 375'F. Line a 9x9 square tin with parchment paper.
- In a medium size pan over medium heat, toast the pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and hazelnuts until they begin to smell fragrant. If they look like they are starting to get too brown, remove them from the heat.
- In a small sauce pot over high heat combine the maple syrup, agave, water, coconut oil, and cherries. Once the mixture begins to boil and the cherries pop, you can pull it off the burner.
- Add the oats, toasted nuts, cherry mixture, and cocoa nibs to a food processor. Pulse the bars until they begin to stick together.
- Pour the bars into the pan and press into one half of the pan. You can always double this recipe and make a full 9x9 pan.
- Bake the bars in the oven for 20 minutes. Pull out and allow to cool before cutting and serving. Store in a air tight container for up to 5 days.
- Throw all the ingredients for the juice in a blender. You can mostly throw the skin of everything in, but I do prefer to make sure everything is extra clean and leaves are cut off. Citrus fruit skins don't really affect the flavor too much.
- You want to blend the ingredients until it is very well liquefied, not pureed, liquefied.
- Using cheesecloth that is layered 3 times and working in batches, squeeze firmly, not hard, so that the juice drips out of the cheesecloth into a large bowl. Your goal is to get rid of pulp. The pulp can be rinsed down the drain and the cheesecloth can be rinsed and reused. Pour the juice in a glass and enjoy!