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Raw vegan orange pistachio bars

(For another raw vegan treat, check out my recipe for raw nectarine dream cookies!)

Oooooo! These are so good!

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I just love the combination of orange and pistachio together! These bars are so soft and citrusy, they remind me a bit of lemon Larabars, and yet they’re totally different from any Larabar I’ve ever had.

Here’s what you’ll need for these little emerald gems:

  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 3/4 cup raw pistachios
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1 tsp. agave nectar
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • zest and juice of a small orange such as a clementine or satsuma
  • desiccated coconut for dusting

Start by pulverizing the nuts in a food processor…

Pistachios and cashews in processor

Pulverized pistachios

Then add the chopped apricots…

Adding chopped apricots

Then grate over the orange zest and add the remaining ingredients…

Grate over orange zestAll ingredients in processor

Blitz it til it pulls away from the sides and looks fully incorporated…

Orange pistachio bar mixture

So green!

Now you need to mold it into bars. I lined a loaf pan with wax paper to help pull the bars out with later and then poured some desiccated coconut in the bottom so they wouldn’t stick to that.

Desiccated coconut in pan

It took a while to press it all out flat in the pan, just keep working at it until you get it to reach the edges.

My loaf pan was just a bit too big so these didn’t quite make it all the way to one side. After spreading it out I topped it off with more coconut.

Press bars into coconut

These should get popped in the freezer for a while to make them easier to cut. I chose to cut mine into little squares.

Cut orange pistachio bars

They are delicious! The bright orange flavor really stands out and contrasts with the earthy and slightly bitter green pistachio flavor. They taste so springy and fresh!

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I’ve been keeping them in the fridge since they have orange juice in them that could go bad if left out. It also helps them to hold together better being that they’re very soft at room temperature. They are even more refreshing nice and cool right out of the fridge anyway.

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Raw vegan orange pistachio bars

Bright citrusy orange zest accents these nutty raw pistachio bars.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: about 10 squares


  • 3/4 cup cashews
  • 3/4 cup raw pistachios
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1 tsp. agave nectar
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • zest and juice of a small orange such as a clementine or satsuma

Cooking Directions

  1. Pulverize nuts in food processor until very small.
  2. Add all other ingredients and pulse to incorporate.
  3. Press mixture into a wax paper lined baking dish with desiccated coconut.
  4. Sprinkle more desiccated coconut on top and press in lightly.
  5. Freeze until firm then turn out and cut into squares or bars.
  6. Keep refrigerated.

What is your favorite snack bar/granola bar/protein bar?


No-bake chocolate jam tarts

I realize that this is a recipe that would have made a lot of sense to post on or before Valentine’s Day, as it would make for an easy but decadent treat to whip up for your sweetheart.

I assure you though, these little beauties are just too good to relegate to but one day of the year.

No-bake chocolate jam tart

No-bake chocolate jam tart close up 2

Now, I am typically not a jam-lover. I will choose the “quadruple-chocolate white chocolate chip with macadamia nuts and lugnuts and madness cookie” any day over some ole’ jam-studded thumbprint cookie. But for a tart, well to me a tart needs fruits to really be a very good tart at all, and so for these sweet little tart babies, only jam would do.

No-bake chocolate jam tart sideNo-bake chocolate jam tart bite

You can’t very well have a tart without a crust though! I made this simple rawish chocolate crust pretty quickly in my food processor:

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. agave nectar
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. chocolate almond butter
  • 1 tsp. coconut butter
  • less than a pinch of salt

Just blitz the nuts first til they’re teeny, then add everything else and blitz again.

After pulsing nuts

Nuts plus chocolate ingredients

I used a mini muffin pan to mold my tart shells. First, I sprayed the pan with non-stick spray then added little strips of wax paper to the bottom so that I could use them to pull the completed tart shells out later.

Tart shell mix in mini muffin pan

I put heaping spoonfuls of the mix into each cup and came up with enough for 14 shells. Just press the mix tightly into the bottoms and press up the sides, then press around the tops to make them smoother. Make sure to press them very tightly so they hold together.

A little dollop of jam goes in each, then a bit of chocolate almond spread tops it off.

Jam in tart shells

I used Crofter’s jam and the same MaraNatha spread that I used in the crust (and on my toast some mornings.)

Dark chocolate almond butter and Crofter's jam

Biting into one of these for the first time had my eyes rolling back into my head!


No-bake chocolate jam tart close up

I started off wanting to make a raw dessert but the almond butter and jam are not raw ingredients.

You could absolutely make a raw dessert out of this though by filling the cups with something like mashed bananas with cinnamon or maybe a raspberry cashew cream. You’d need to replace the chocolate almond butter in the crust too, not sure what I’d use there though.

Raw or not, I’m really proud of these.

No-bake chocolate jam tarts

Simple chocolate jam tarts in easy molded no-bake shells.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: About 14 tarts


  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. agave nectar
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. chocolate almond butter
  • 1 tbsp. + 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. coconut butter
  • less than a pinch of salt
  • jam and chocolate almond butter for filling

Cooking Directions

  1. Pulverize nuts in food processor.
  2. Add other ingredients and pulse to incorporate.
  3. Mold crusts in a mini muffin pan and set in freezer to harden.
  4. Fill with jam and top with chocolate almond butter.
  5. Store in refrigerator.

What kind of filling would you use in these little tarts?


Carrot cake breakfast bars

Mmmm, these are so good!

Carrot cake breakfast bar

I wanted to make something that could be versatile for me. Something I could have for breakfast alone, or crumbled over oatmeal, as a not-too-sweet dessert, or something to grab as just a snack.

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These carrot cake bars work perfectly. Subtly sweet and packed with healthy whole ingredients, they are a great choice anytime!

Carrot cake breakfast bars

A healthy breakfast bar with the flavors of carrot cake.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: About 6 bars


  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 3/4 cup raw almonds
  • 1 and 1/2 cups shredded carrot (not packed, squeezed of juice)
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of salt, nutmeg, and clove

Cooking Directions

  1. Shred carrots then squeeze out excess liquid using cheesecloth or nut milk bag.
  2. Run nuts through the food processor until pulverized.
  3. Add all other ingredients to processor and pulse until fully incorporated.
  4. Form mixture into a disc about and inch thick on a sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake at 300 degrees for 50 minutes.
  6. Cut into wedges and top with vanilla yogurt or cream cheese if desired.

Cut carrot cake breakfast bars

Carrot cake breakfast bar wedge

Carrot cake breakfast bar with yogurt

The center is so soft and chewy, but they hold together nicely like an oatmeal square.

These would be insane with the cinnamon cream cheese spread I made for my apple bars a while back.

What is your go-to snack?