Guilt-free Nuts & Seeds Toffee Squares

Remember these granola bars from JK Gourmet?

My first bite of the nuts & seeds flavor was heavenly. By my second bite, I was mentally trying to create a homemade replica of the delicious bar I held in my hand.

Technically I failed at recreating it.

Luckily, I randomly made a healthy toffee recipe that knocked my socks straight off.

From now on, I’ll leave the granola bar making to JK Gourmet, and keep the toffee right where it needs to be…

in my belly!

What I love about this recipe, is that it’s so customizable! Had I know the outcome, I totally would have added protein powder, flax seeds, and chia to increase the fiber, protein, and omegas in this delicious snack.

Each bar is 200 calories, and is relatively high in fiber, and provides just a bit of protein. It’s a perfect mid-morning snack!

Guilt-free Nuts & Seeds Toffee Squares

Gluten free, Dairy free, Refined sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free

The best mistake I’ve ever made in my kitchen. Dairy-free toffee made with honey, almond butter, nuts & seeds.

Yield: 16 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup roasted almond butter
  • 3/4 cup unpasteurized pure honey
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds, chopped
  • 1/4 cup raw pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds [peptias]

Directions

Line a 9×9 square pan with parchment paper across both sides for easy lifting and set aside. Combine nuts and seeds in a medium size bowl and set aside.

Place honey in a medium saucepan and cook over low-medium heat, stirring constantly until it reaches a simmer. The honey should begin to foam. This is okay! Just don’t stop stirring. Continue to stir for another 8 minutes. Add almond butter and turn the heat to the lowest setting. Continue stirring the honey + almond butter until it begins to thicken, about 2-3 minutes. When it gets hard to stir, add the nuts and seeds. Mix until combined.

Immediately drop the hot mixture into the prepared pan and smooth it with a damp spatula. Sprinkle some extra shredded coconut on the top if you’d like.

Allow the mixture to cool on the counter for at least an hour.

Lift out of the pan [still on parchment] and cut into bars. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or freezer for up to a month.

Next time, I’m going to:

  • decrease the honey by 1/4 cup, lowering sugars to just under 10g a serving [currently at 13g sugars]
  • add protein powder, to increase the protein to a total of 8g per bar

Toffee protein bar? Heck ya!

After Kevin and I snacked on a couple, I wrapped up each bar in plastic wrap, put them in a ziploc bag, and placed them in the freezer.

I brought a couple squares along with me to our company golf tournament yesterday. Although we did more lounging than golfing, we were the only team that remained hydrated, and full of healthy food.

If you’re wondering why they are wearing crazy hats, it’s because there was a contest for the best dressed team.

Ya, I didn’t wear a crazy hat, but I had green on!

Darn sand pits. I actually enjoy raking them, but getting the ball out is no fun!

Do you golf?

What mistake have you made in the kitchen that turned out to be a tasty new recipe?

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  1. Wow, Leanne! These look fabulous :D And I love the addition of the coconut :D

  2. Omg those toffee squares look…AMAZING!!!!

    I love brittles, barks, toffee, caramel, that whole family….I adore. Wow.

    I love that you made the whole thing with honey, i.e. not with tons of white sugar and cream that is boiled to the hard ball stage and that you dont need a candy thermometer( hate dealing with them!) to make these.

    Brilliant recipe!!!!

  3. OMG, these look AMAZING!! I can tell they are just the texture I like – kinda chewy but still with enough nuts and seeds to provide a nice change in texture. don’t you just love mistakes like that?!
    Love the smiles on you guys while golfing – looks fun!

  4. Those look scrumptous. I used to going to the driving range with my dad a lot. We just do not have the time anymore and it is too hot now. Maybe we will go this fall/winter (I live in Fl.) when it is cooler. :)

    • Oh I cannot golf at all! I just like being out in the sun, and driving around a golf cart!

  5. Wow those look great, yummy and healthy! I love your recipes cause they always get the best of both worlds like that :)
    I’ve tried gols before and am absolutely terrible but you look pretty pro at it!

  6. I golf, but am not a golfer ;) I played in a couple tournaments for fun in college (won closest to the pin!) and decided to stick to tennis!

    I LOVE toffee, however… can I be good at that!?? I must make this.

  7. I literally had to make these within an hour of you’re post. They are delicious! Thank you!

    • I’d say just make them with nuts if that’s all you have! As long as they’re chopped, I’m sure it’d taste fantastic!

  8. Oh these look scrumptious… will be making them this weekend for snacks while we potter in the garden! A mistake i made in the kitchen….. actually happens quite often and most things i make turn out different to what the recipe is suppose to be…. darn skim reading and rushing! :-)

  9. Yes please toffee bars! Oh my dear goodness. Going to my kitchen now to see if I have the ingredients! Thanks :)

  10. oh i love toffee but gave up the traditional stuff because of the dairy content…but amazing alternatives and i trust that it tastes the same or superior!

  11. If you were to put Protein powder into this recipe how much would you use? Just out of curiosity. :-) I would love to make these!

    • Hmm I’d probably start with 1/4 cup and work my way up. I bet you could get to 1/2 cup, just don’t cook the honey as long as I’ve recommended. Good luck!

  12. These are incredible! I don’t like walnuts much, so I used cashews instead. Love them!

  13. Hi Please tell me what is roasted almond butter and how do one make it for this recipe????

  14. Hi Leanne! This recipe looks absolutely delicious and healthy at the same time! :D I can’t wait to try it! I wanted to ask if it’s possible to make it with peanut butter instead of almond butter?

  15. Hi Leanne, I tried this out and I absolutely love it. Excited to try more of your recipes :)

  16. Made these yesterday morning and added one full scoop of Vega Vanilla Almondilla Smoothie Powder and cut the honey back to 1/2 cup. They are nothing less than amazing! Next I’ll be using Vega Performance Protein mix Vanilla flavored and maybe add some chia. These are incredibly addicting. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Wow, awesome to know that the honey can be slashed! Thanks for sharing your changes, Mary. I’m so happy that you liked the recipe :)

  17. Hi, these look amazing! Great that they r not full of sugar to! Just wondering if its runny honey u use, or the more firmer honey? B great if u could get back to me, cheers. :0)

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