Raw Honey Food Bars

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These are a big family favorite in our house! These bars are great for when you want a small snack and want something healthy. They are high in fiber, a great source of protein, and energy. They almost taste like a candy bar without all of the added junk. They are also fun to use different honeys with because you get more of the honey flavor when you keep it in raw form. Everyone’s taste buds are different; so if you are not used to the rabbit brush, use one that is to your taste buds.

Ingredients:

2 cups of dry oatmeal

1 cup of shredded coconut

½ cup hemp seeds

¼ cup cocoa nibs

½ cup of walnuts, bite sized pieces

½ cup of chocolate chips

1 cup peanut butter

½ cup rabbit brush honey

½ cup coconut oil (unrefined is best, it has not been processed)

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Put oatmeal, shredded coconut, hemp seeds, cocoa nibs, walnuts, and chocolate chips in a bowl. In a small sauce pan; put the peanut butter and coconut oil in and warm it on the lowest setting possible (#1, low, or melt). Once it is warm enough, it will thoroughly mix together. Turn off the heat and add the honey, cinnamon, and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Pour the honey mixture over the dry ingredients and mix together; the chocolate chips will melt a little. Depending on how thick you want the bars; spray an 8″ x8″x2 1/2″ pan or 9×13 pan with your favorite spray and pour the mixture into the pan. Pat it down and cover with wrap. Place in the fridge for about 4 hours, cut them into bars or bite size pieces and ENJOY!

*They will start to melt when they start getting to room temperature; make sure to keep them refrigerated. Keep them in a cooler to prevent them from getting to hot.

Tips:

  • Add a ½ cup of goji berries
  • Use pecans, cashews, or almonds in place of walnuts
  • Add ¼ cup of flax seed
  • Instead of peanut butter use almond butter
  • Lemon, orange, or almond extract can be used in place of the vanilla extract to give it a different flavor

Frank’s Honey Pick of the Month – Rabbit Brush

Rabbit Brush has a long history in the mid-west and with the Hopi natives; the first people of the canyon lands. They used rabbit brush for basket weaving, chewing gum, tea, cough syrup and yellow dye. The nectar and honey was used for overall health and wellness.

Some say that rabbit brush honey can improve one’s concentration and focus on details and are better able to see the whole picture. Think about it… a honey that works on health and mental focus.

The Hopi Indians rabbit brush clan (along with the many other clans) knew how to live in the unforgiving lands that we call the canyon lands. Rabbit Brush was a vital part of their lives from the honey to the fiber.

Let’s not forget that there were some 3,500 different species of bees in North America long before the introduction of the European honey. The native peoples did enjoy the sweet nectar of the plants as produced by the many bees that we call honey. It was a gift from the Great Spirit not a commodity.

Oh Rabbit Brush with your yellow flowers full of nectar and pollen; such a unique dark honey with a flavor that is a true gift of nature. As some say, a honey that is good for your health physical and mental. The Hopi clan of Rabbit Brush knew its secrets and now you do too.

The rabbit brush is a cousin to the sage brush, it has almost a thick buttery flavor in my opinion. I would like to invite you to come to The Honey Cottage and try it for yourself and… think about it.

From our bee hive to yours,

Frank