C&C Squares (Vegan approved)

Grab and go’s are a popular and necessary option with a busy lifestyle. Between being the busy corporate career profession all the way to having your hands full as a stay-at-home mom. The selection is rather diverse when it comes to a busy life. Which is why I know how important it is it to have those grab and go snacks on hand, but it’s even better when they can be full of nutrition and health benefits.

You see my husband has never been a early breakfast person. He likes to wake up and enjoy some coffee before he digs into any type of meal, but I am the wife that makes him take his vitamins and for good reason. So for him to get those little suckers down the hatch and done with for the day, it’s nice to have a little bar or bite to eat with them. Since he is not a big breakfast person nor does he make a shake on a routine basis. But a bar that can get him a bite to eat with his supplements, feel full with all the chia and flax, plus get all the health benefits. I’d say it’s a must have for us, so I made these and they are EXCELLENT! The flavor is so, so good it will have you reaching for seconds. But be careful, they are filled with that ground up flax seed which is a lot of fiber. You know what I’m saying.

I used to never be a fan of Craisins, but since switching my diet I am a huge fan! I truly believe learning how to use food is key to enjoying it!

Here is what you will need:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Chopped Nuts. (I used raw almonds and walnuts)
  • 1/2 cup Oats. (I used a basis dry oat)
  • 2 tbsp Craisins- Chopped up.
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds.
  • 1/4 cup GROUND flax seed. (I used a coffee grinder to grind up my whole flax seeds)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon.
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips. FOR TOPPING.

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp Coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil (OR JUST USE ONE OIL TYPE)
  • 1 tbsp UNSALTED nut butter. (I prefer almond, but I used peanut for this particular recipe. I was out of almond)
  • 3 tbsp PURE MAPLE syrup

Optional:

Top with chopped cranberries AFTER baked and the chocolate is also optional BEFORE baking. I USED MINI CHIPS BEFORE PUTTING IN OVEN AND FRESH CRAISINS AFTER BAKED AND COOLED.

Pre heat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mix all of your dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Remember that the chocolate is an optional topping.

In a separate bowl you will want to take ALL of your wet ingredients and combine well.

Then marry the wet ingredients with the dry. Fold and mix together. I used a silicone spatula to be gentle with folding and be sure to combine well.

It will look just like this.

Now you will want to take the combined mixture and pour gently into an 8” pan lined with parchment paper.

Shake the mixture to make it even and flat, then press down to tightly compact it. Top with chocolate if you’d like or Craisins!

Bake 22-27 minutes, I baked mine for 25 minutes. It always depends on our ovens. Once the baking is done you will want to set aside for 30 minutes to cool. Then remove the parchment paper from the dish and allow the bars to cool an additional 1-2 hours until hardened. Cut and serve!

After done baking for 25 minutes at 325 and now cooling for 30 minutes.
Cooled and topped with fresh dried Craisins since I baked them with mini chips!

NOTES:

You can freeze these bars for 1-3 months in freezer friendly container.

You can leave at room temperature for 1-2 months in air tight container.

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