$50 Hippie Princess (-Grain)ola Bar & Trail Mix Recipe

Hippie Princess Bars

It may not look like much, but it’s a party in your mouth! You may be wondering why anyone would spend $50 on homemade trail mix or (-grain)ola bars, but when you’re a hippie princess (or prince) you’ll make it just so you don’t have to eat the processed kind. It’s written (-grain)ola because there is no grain in them, so yes, they’re gluten free, organic, mostly raw, and all that good stuff you want when you’re a hippie princess.

I thought it was kind of a big deal so I gave it its very own page.

Today I learned what it means to be a hippie princess. I’ve been living in an ecovillage for the past few years. Since I came back to my hometown this winter, I’ve acquired a job and my own studio apartment for the first time in my life. I budgeted for about $200 on food this month, but since I only spent about $100, I thought I’d do something crazy, just for fun. I went to the store, and for the first time in my life, I was able to afford to spend $50 all in one shopping trip, so I made myself do it as a good exercise in abundance. Whatever was I going to buy, I didn’t really need more food, but it was the strangest feeling ever to be able to afford a luxury I had never known. I thought I’d make the best healthy hippie granola bars ever! It’s a great snack to have around.

Ok, so I’m part Hippie Princess and part Freegan (a new word I learned this month), since one reason I have some extra $ is because I’ve been acquiring produce and other food from the food waste of America (if you’re a freegan, you may know what I’m talking about). It’s the reason I’m a Hippie Princess, I’ll get lots of food for free then turn around and spend about $50 to make my own version of homemade non grain granola bars.

Here’s the Recipe. I made it up today so it may need some adjusting and experimenting:

Hippie Princess (-Grain)ola Bars~

1 Cup Sesame Seeds
1/2 Cup Chia Seeds
1/2 Cup Raw Cacao Nibs
1/3 Cup Pumpkin Seeds
1/3 Cup Dried Blueberries
1/3 Cup Dried Goji Berries
1/3 Cup Cashew Pieces
1/3 Cup Dried Cherries

About 10 oz. Raw Honey (I used Raw Lavendar Honey). May supplement brown rice syrup for the vegan version.
About 3 oz. Raw Coconut Oil

(I bought all the ingredients at Whole Foods, mostly in the bulk section except I got the honey at the Farmer’s Market.)

Mix together the nuts, seeds, and fruit.

Mix together the honey and coconut oil in a metal or glass container inside another container of hot water until creamy and smooth.

Combine the nuts-seeds-fruit mixture with the honey oil mixture and mix evenly.

Put the mixture into a baking dish lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Press and pat the mixture into the dish until you have a large solid rectangle/square of mixture.

Put it in the fridge for about 10-15 minutes. Cut and serve.

Wrap left over bars in plastic wrap and refrigerate. I think the bars would get soft at room temperature, but you might try adding other ingredients to hold them together outside the refrigerator for a portable snack.

OTHER Ingredients you might want to add:
Nut butter- Sunflower Butter, Almond Butter, etc.
Dates (put dates in food processor and mix with honey and oil. Helps to stick together along with nut butters.)
Slivered Almonds
Sunflower Seeds
Dried Cranberries
Golden Raisins
Vanilla
Cinnamon
and whatever your imagination can come up with.

Mine is a little seedy in texture so if you don’t like it, you can proportion the other ingredients to taste.

Hippie Princess Trail Mix

1/2 Cup Raw Cacao Nibs
1/3 Cup Pumpkin Seeds
1/3 Cup Dried Blueberries
1/3 Cup Dried Goji Berries
1/3 Cup Cashew Pieces
1/3 Cup Dried Cherries

Mix together for a party in your mouth and energy in your body!

OTHER Ingredients you might want to add:
Slivered Almonds
Sunflower Seeds
Dried Cranberries
Golden Raisins
Other dried fruits, nuts, and seeds, and whatever your imagination can come up with.

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