Cooper will be up bright and early for "SAT round 2" tomorrow, and Kory will start his third summer job at Subway. We've been replaying Tim Hawkins' "I Work At Subway" video to celebrate the answered prayer of not just one, but THREE summer jobs! He's working at American Eagle (lots of discount perks!), at Subway (where he'll be tortured with the smell of fresh bread that he can not eat on a perpetual basis), and for a mom from our church who needs various household and lawn tasks done 2-3 times per week. Hopefully now he'll be able to support his own college habits in the form of Chuy's fajitas and Common Grounds blended drinks and maybe even buy a textbook or two.
Now, on to one of our very favorite recipes these days...
These almond bars are just so good, and I can't take any credit whatsoever for the recipe. My friend, Lois, introduced me to the Unrefined Kitchen blog, and to these "Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies." The sad thing is, that shortly after she passed along the recipe to me, she had a serious reaction to all nuts, and can no longer eat them. (Be warned: too many nuts in your diet can cause this to happen. Stick with only an ounce or two a day!)
I'm pretty sure I've made at least one batch, and oftentimes two per week since last September. When I traveled to California in October to see my brother, sister-in-law, and my new, adorable nephew, I made them two batches (Rachel was on a semi-paleo diet), and left her the recipe. My brother texted me a few weeks later with a picture of the recipe I left behind and told me that Rachel had been making batch after batch, too. These really hit the spot with lots of protein, healthy fats, and a touch of sweetness. Post-partum mamas take note.
We tried to keep the deliciousness of these bars a secret, but the kids caught on. For a while they were just "Mom and Dad's Paleo bars ~ gross!" but after Kory tasted them over Christmas break, I ended up sending several college care packages to Baylor with these bars included. Great brain food, for sure!
Almond Butter Bars
2 1/2 cups almond flour/meal (I use 2 cups almond/1/2 cup cashew)
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
dash salt (optional)
1/2 cup coconut oil, softened/melted
2/3 cup honey (can be less)
1/2 cup almond butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2-2/3 cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine nut flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt in a medium bowl. Add almond butter, coconut oil, honey, vanilla, and eggs and stir until thoroughly combined. Spread into a medium sized baking pan ~ mine is 8x11. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top is very slightly browned and an inserted toothpick or knife can be removed clean.