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What is the most important thing you bring with you on travel days?

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No matter where I am going, whether it’s going to be a long travel day at the airport, or a thirty minute car ride, I almost always come prepared with snacks. I developed this little habit a couple of years ago when my littler sister Asher was just in preschool. I used to spend a lot of time helping out with Asher and would often bring her along to the grocery store or wherever the heck I was going. I learned fast that snacks are always, always, needed. Ever since then I pretty much never leave my house without a bag of almonds, a granola bar, and or fresh fruit.

These superfood cashew goji berry bars are the perfect travel bar to carry with you pretty much anywhere you go. They’re full of fiber, antioxidants and healthy fats that will keep you full and help you avoid starvation…ok, maybe that’s a little dramatic, but they will save you from spending money buying (often unhealthy) food while you are out. Yes, please!

Remembering to pack a snack is one of my better habits. I’ve got to say, it’s often saved the day. Example 1: being stuck in traffic and realizing not only that you’re hungry, but more importantly, that your little sister who is also with you, is not only starving, but freezing from sitting outside in the snow all day while watching Red (our brother) compete (true story). Example 2: running through the airport and realizing you have zero time to stop for food. Thank God for all the snacks you packed, right?!

SIDE NOTE: my family is sending me texts of the an entire Christmas Village made up of completely chocolate over at Keystone Ski Resort right now…also it’s past nine pm as I write this and it’s snowing like crazy out right now. Ahh, one, don’t they know Christmas was like two weeks ago? Two, why are they driving to Keystone in a freaking snow storm at nine pm?! That said, it looks pretty cool and everything is made of chocolate. Cool, right? It’s a big attraction for the resort and I guess my mom and little sister wanted to see it before they take it down (in the middle of the night) tonight. So nine at night is then! PS. they might be slightly crazy, but I love their Christmas spirit. PSS. they took my dad along for the ride. He’s literally the Grinch. Wonder how that’s going…

Superfood Cashew Goji Berry Bars | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvestSuperfood Cashew Goji Berry Bars | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Superfood Cashew Goji Berry Bars | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Ok, but in all seriousness I actually first made these bars back on Christmas Day for my cousin Abby to take with her on her twenty-four hour travel day to India. She had asked me if I could make her a healthy bar so that she didn’t have to survive on airplane snacks. I gladly jumped at the chance to test out a new granola…ish bar recipe! Since she was leaving crazy early on the 26th that meant we spent some time in the kitchen on Christmas Day making these.

The first batch turned out great and I gave them to Abby to take on all of her upcoming flights, but I knew I wanted to adjust the recipe a bit. I finally got them perfected to my satisfaction and these bars are seriously addicting. I blame the cashews, sesame seeds, and pinch of salt. I mean, there are other things going on, but these flavors are the standouts. Oh, and the vanilla. I swear after the first bite you’ll question how “healthy” these bars actually are, but the truth is, they’re full of so many awesome superfoods…

…cashews

…almonds

…coconut

…sesame seeds

…quinoa

…tahini

…hemp seeds

…goji berries

So much goodness and all in one bar. Aka the most perfect anytime, anywhere, snack bar or breakfast-on-the-go bar!

Superfood Cashew Goji Berry Bars | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Superfood Cashew Goji Berry Bars | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Most of the bar is made in the food processor. The key is to really grind up all the nuts and seeds. Then stir in the goji berries and sprinkle on a few seeds to make the tops of the bars look all pretty. Bake. Cool. Cut. Eat.

I should warn you that the raw mix tastes almost cookie dough like, it’s slightly addicting. However, once baked, the bars flavors of toasted nuts, coconut, vanilla and sweet goji berries really shine. They’re slightly crunchy, yet chewy at the same time. In my eyes, they’re the perfect bar. They also hold up pretty well to travel. It’s import to let the bars sit until they are cool enough to handle, then cut and continue to let them cool before storing. Once cool, they should harden up nicely, and will then be easily storable.

Then you’re ready to go. Maybe share…maybe not, just be aware, I’ve made three batches and all have been gone within the first day…

Superfood Cashew Goji Berry Bars | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Superfood Cashew Goji Berry Bars.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings: 8 Bars
Calories Per Serving: 341 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8x8 inch baking pan with cooking spray and then line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Toast the cashews, almonds, coconut, 1/4 cup sesame seeds, and 3 tablespoons hemp on a baking sheet, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 8–12 minutes. Let cool slightly.
  • Add the toasted nuts and seeds, plus the quinoa, tahini, cinnamon, and salt to a food processor or high powdered blender. Process until finely chopped.
  • Bring the honey and the coconut oil to a boil in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring, for about 1 minute. Remove and stir in the vanilla. Pour over the cashew/seed mixture and stir to coat. Stir in the goji berries.
  • Press the mixture firmly into the prepared 8x8 pan with the back of a greased measuring cup or wet hands. Top the bars with the remaining 1 tablespoon sesame and hemp seeds. Press the seeds gently to adhere.
  • Transfer to the oven and bake until golden brown, 25–30 minutes. Let cool, then cut into the bars. Store in an airtight container at room temp or in the fridge.

Superfood Cashew Goji Berry Bars | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Like I said, these bars are addicting. Muhahahaha.

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  1. 4 stars
    Made these today and they are tasty, but I don’t think mine came out quite right. Mine have no crunch—only chew. But if I kept them in much longer they definitely would have burnt. I’m wondering if it’s because they were too thick?

    Will try them again (I have all the ingredients now!). Wondering… could you put chocolate in these? Would that just make a mess?

    1. Hey! I think if you use a bigger pan that will help them crisp more. And yes, chocolate would be delish! love this idea!

  2. Oh my goodness these bars are outstanding! Every single person I have made these for has been amazed, including my VERY picky 4 year old nephew!!
    Thank you!

  3. With a house full of teenagers, I love having healthy breakfast options available that they can grab at any time as they rush out the door. These are perfect. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

  4. Since I work late, I always end up hungry in the late afternoon, I think I’ll make this to soothe my noon craving!

  5. These are so good! I was out of hemp seeds and low on almonds, so I substituted other nuts in their place (used pine nuts for hemp), but they still turned out great. I love the flavors and they’re not too sweet. I’ve stocked up on the ingredients so I can make them again, this time more exactly to recipe. Thank you, Tiegan, you’re amazing!

  6. I made these following the recipe exactly. Although a bit time consuming, they really are worth it. I remember muttering “these better be good” and they surprised me. I really, really like them. I also agree that the unbaked mixture is pretty darned yummy.

  7. always looking for a good protein bar or good snacking bar recipe and this looks great! This Goji berries too are amazing, love adding them to the mix

  8. That ingredient list…such a great combo of superfoods Tieghan! These look like the perfect take a long healthy snack!

  9. I’m totally with you on NEEDING snacks for travel days. It’s the only thing that keeps me from going crazy 😉 These look absolutely perfect!

  10. Ye, these bars are perfect! Just what I need when my blood sugar drops (aka, I start to get hangry) – can’t wait to try them! 🙂

  11. Okay so these look absolutely perfect and delicious!!! (I have been on the hunt for a seriously awesome, portable, and practical snack.)

    But I have a slight problem… I’m allergic to tree nuts 🙁 think cashews, almonds, pecans, walnuts, etc. I was just wandering if you had any suggestions or ways that I could modify the recipe to make it work? I’m good on peanuts (actually a legume) and seeds (via pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, etc.) any ideas or tips would be SO SO SO appreciated!!

    1. Hey Steph! Just replace the cashews with peanuts and the almonds with sunflower seeds. I think that will be great! Let me know if you have questions. Thank you!

  12. They looks really good and quite easy ! Since I work late, I always end up hungy in the late afternoon, I think I’ll make this to soothe my afternoon-craving ! Don’t like the Goji berries so I’m thinking replacing them with dates and dried banana.

    I also have a question : have you ever tried making your own extract? I’m looking into this right now and wondered if you ever gave it a try…

  13. These sound delicious. You talk about tahini in the bars but it’s on the ingredient list. Could you clarify how much (or if) you used if? Now off to get some goji berries ?

  14. These bars sound so amazing. I love to bring snacks with me whenever I go somewhere. You never know when you might be hit by hunger pangs. These would be great as an after work snack. I’m always starving after work and pretty much devour everything in sight. This is the perfect snack to prevent me from indulging on junk.

  15. I, too, have been saved by packing snacks when traveling! Tight layovers and limited options mean bars can be a total life-saver. Going to make these when I travel in a few weeks! Thanks for the recipe!

  16. goji berries have the BEST texture, I love the idea of adding them to these bars!! yummy and easy 😉

  17. I love the sound of these granola bars. You’ve used so many of my favourite ingredients!

  18. Tieghan, these bars look absolutely delicious! 1000% more delicious that any shop-bought ones that I’ve ever seen and tried! Definitely making them! 🙂

  19. Oh, these look fabulous, I can´t wait to try them. Thank you for sharing the recipe. However, I have one question. In the instructions you mention tahini but it is not included in the ingredients. Could you, please, advice. Thank you.
    Love and admiration all the way from Europe,
    HanaS

  20. I’m always in for a healthy nutty bar and this looks perfect. Love the addition of sesame seeds – my favourite!

  21. Perfect ! Your excellent habit has brought up this beauty! Will do for a weekend drive. Have a pleasant day !

  22. i always cave and get starbucks if i don’t bring food with me to airports, so these sound perfect! and appreciate that these bars actually hold together, instead of the ones i normally make ?