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Feel Better Berry Bars

Makes 12 bars


    If you’re feeling a little stressed or anxious, treat yourself to these soothing and delicious bars. There are three main ingredients that contribute to its calming properties: Brazil nuts, which are high in selenium, can help improve mood; potassium-rich pumpkin seeds can reduce stress; and antioxidant-packed blueberries can help provide anxiety relief.



    Feel Better Berry Bars


      Nut and seed base 
      • 1 cup raw almonds
      • 1/2 cup raw Brazil nuts
      • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
      • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
      • 2 Tbsp maca powder
      • 1 cup golden raisins
      • 2 Tbsp sunflower seed butter
      • 2 Tbsp unsweetened oat milk, plus extra
      Berry-beet top layer 
      • 2 cups frozen blueberries
      • 1 Tbsp beet powder
      • 2 to 3 Tbsp pure maple syrup, to taste
      • 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
      • 1/2 cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut
      • 1/4 cup chia seeds
      • 1 Tbsp sunflower seed butter
      • 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked in hot water for at least 10 minutes
      • 1/4 cup unsweetened oat milk
      • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
      Optional toppings
      • Unsweetened shredded coconut
      • Raw pumpkin seeds
      • Raw slivered almonds


      Per serving:

      • calories408
      • protein9g
      • fat28g
      • carbs32g
        • sugar14g
        • fiber10g
      • sodium18mg



      1. Line bottom and sides of 9 × 9 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
      2. Make the nut and seed base: [SETBOLD] In food processor, combine almonds, Brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, coconut, maca powder, raisins, sunflower seed butter, and 2 Tbsp oat milk and blend until crumbly and sticky. If mixture is a bit dry and doesn’t stick to itself, add more oat milk, 1 Tbsp at a time, and blend.
      3. Pour mixture into prepared baking pan and press into even layer across bottom. Freeze while you make the top layer!
      4. Make the berry-beet top layer: [SETBOLD] In food processor, combine blueberries, beet powder, maple syrup, coconut oil, coconut, chia seeds, sunflower seed butter, drained cashews, oat milk, and vanilla and blend until smooth and thick.
      5. Remove pan from freezer and pour berry-beet layer over nut and seed base. Smooth across surface with spatula. Freeze for 30 minutes to 1 hour, until set.
      6. Remove from freezer and, if desired, top with coconut shreds, pumpkin seeds, and almond slivers. Slice into 12 bars and enjoy! You can store bars in fridge for 3 days or freezer for up to 1 month.


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