Friday, February 3, 2012

4 Ingredient Almond Bars.


This grain-free nutritious snack is as easy to make as it is to eat!  Four easy ingredients that everyone typically has on hand, and four easy steps to make!  It's a great option for crumbling over yogurt in the morning for breakfast, or taking to-go as a snack on the run.  Protein from the almonds and fat from the butter will help keep you satisfied and fueled for a long time.  The short ingredient list makes these bars super easy to whip up as well, which saves a lot of time when you need some nutritious snack options but don't have time to make nourishing protein bars or grain-free zucchini bread.  Best of all, they do not require any special equipment, like a high powered blender or food processor.


4 Ingredient Almond Bars
    makes one 9x13 pan

    16  oz salted grass-fed butter*
    4  cups sliced almonds, crushed
    1/2  cup organic raisins
    1/2  cup honey, raw or runny

To make your almond bars:
  1.  In a large bowl, combine almonds, raisins, and honey.  Add butter and combine into nuts using your hands.
  2.  Pour mixture into any 9x13 pan and press down hard.  I used wax paper and my hands for this step.  Beat with a mallet to get it really compacted.
  3.  Bake in a 375 degree for about 13-15 minutes or until golden brown.  Watch it carefully to make sure the edges don't burn.
  4.  Let harden in the refrigerator.  Slice into squares and enjoy!  Store in the refridgerator.  These bars can also be frozen for the long-term.

Looking for more snack options? Check out these easy-to-make recipes:

Chocolate Chunk Bark
Green Fig Bars
Nourishing Protein Bars 1.0
Nourishing Protein Bars 2.0
Sunbutter Chocolate Raisin Bars
Grain-free Basil Crackers
Chocolate Peanut Butter "No Bake" Bars


These photos were taken on my iPhone, not too bad!

*Hello everyone who commented below about the amount butter used. It's not a typo, but since several people are having issues with the recipe, it is making me think I wrote down the wrong amount originally. Also, the butter is not melted, but cut into the almonds with your hands. This might make a difference. I'd suggest cutting the butter in half or in 2/3rds. Sorry for the issues! When I have time In the summer, will retest the recipe myself. 

14 comments:

(what runs) Lori said...

These look DELICIOUS! They're very photogenic. ;) I'm going to take a peek at the other bars you've created. One just can't get enough of to-go bars- at least healthy ones!

Jill@RealFoodForager.com said...

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France@beyondthepeel said...

Brilliant! 4 ingredients! bookmarked. We'll be trying these very soon. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

Wardeh @ GNOWFGLINS said...

These look really, really good. :)

Jennifer @ The Unrefined Kitchen said...

These look yummy! Thanks for visiting my site! I am going to pin this recipe.
Jennifer @ The Unrefined Kitchen

Cara Kruse said...

I'm so happy to have found this recipe! I pretty much suck at baking without simple recipes :p, so this is perfect!

Francie Workman said...

I'm looking for high fiber recipes.

Anonymous said...

I just put this in the oven. There is no way this needs 16 oz of butter. I used about half. Hope its yummy! Thanks for the recipe. (Oh, it doesn't say whether butter should be melted first... I melted and softened it).

Leigh Vintson said...

Yes, too much butter! Is that a typo. I have it sitting in a bowl right bow & all I can see is butter. Thinking of adding another 4 cups of nuts & honey.

Leigh Vintson said...

Yes, too much butter! Is that a typo. I have it sitting in a bowl right bow & all I can see is butter. Thinking of adding another 4 cups of nuts & honey.

Leigh Vintson said...

Ummm, nice typos, Leigh! But you get the point:O)

Meagan said...

Hello everyone who commented about the butter. It's not a typo, but several people are having issues with the recipe, making me think I wrote down the wrong amount. Also, the butter is not melted, but cut into the almonds with your hands. This might make a difference. I'd suggest cutting the butter in half or in 2/3rds. Sorry for the issues! When I have time I will retest the recipe myself.

michele said...

I tried this with half butter and half coconut oil, kinda messy! I was thinking this was way too much butter also. Maybe I didn't get it firmly packed ?

Unknown said...

Made these today. Added cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom. OH...MY...GOODNESS! These are delicious! I accidentally crumbled one before it was completely hardened and thought it looked like cereal. A 1/2 cup of almond milk later and I've had my first bowl of "cereal" in a looooong time. great recipe!