Sunday, June 29, 2014

Copycat Clif Kid ZBars

My kid is addicted to these ZBars.  Since I discovered how quick and easy (and cheap!) it is make your own granola bars, I have been on a mission to replace his packaged bar with a homemade version.  These definitely come close.  The texture is not as soft since I'm assuming the soybean oil may play a roll in this.  They also aren't as sweet, but just sweet enough.  Regardless, they still received an enthusiastic thumbs up!

2 cups rolled oats, toasted
1 cup walnuts, toasted
1 heaping Tb ground flaxseed
1/2 cup sunflower butter (or any nut or seed butter of your choice)
1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
2 Tb semi sweet chocolate chips, melted

Preheat oven to 350.
On 2 small baking sheets, spread out the oats on one and the walnuts on the other.  Toast for 5 minutes and remove walnuts.  Toast oats for 3-5 minutes more.
While the oats are finishing in the oven, pulverize the walnuts in a food processor until they are very small.  Do not blend so much that it becomes a paste.  Transfer to a mixing bowl.
When oats are ready, add them to the same food processor and pulse until most of the oats are "flour-like" but you can still see a few whole or partial oats.  Add them to the walnuts as well as the flax.
On the stove with a small sauce pan, add the sunflower butter and honey and heat on low.  Stir until combined and very smooth.  Add to the oat/walnut/flax mixture. Combine well and transfer to a small square glass dish lined with parchment or plastic wrap.  Press down very well.
Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave 15 seconds at a time until melted and smooth.
In a ziploc sandwich bag, spoon the melted chocolate towards one of the corners inside.  Cut a very small hole in the corner of the bag to pipe out the chocolate onto the pressed oat mixture.

Transfer to the fridge for about an hour or until the chocolate has hardened.

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