Nut and Seed Bars: Paleo and gluten-free

I'm always looking for a good healthy snack for my little one that we can take on the go.  I realize that puffs and cheerios have their place- easy for toddlers to eat and not too messy, but nutritionally pretty lacking.
I came up with this nut and seed snack "bar" that Sam LOVES a few weeks ago and have been making it every few days ever since.   It's a little messy, but makes up for it in nutrients: protein for energy, fiber to keep the GI system in check, healthy fats for heart and brain health, Vitamin E for heart protection, Magnesium for strong bones and blood sugar control, Iron for energy and growth, and Zinc for a healthy immune system.  And it's 100% natural.

Green & Plenty Little Seedling Bars
2 heaping tablespoons each sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews and walnuts
1 tablespoon each flax, chia and hemp seeds
2-3 medjool dates (pits removed) (raisins would also work)
½ tablespoon coconut oil
Optional: 1-2 tablespoons cooked quinoa
Grind flax seeds in a coffee grinder and add to a food processor with the rest of the above ingredients (except hemp seeds).  Pulse for about 3-4 minutes or until the mixture turns into a thick paste.  Add hemp seeds and pulse for about 30 seconds.  Spread the mixture over the bottom of a flat dish, preferably one with a lid.  Cover and refrigerate.  Serve in small slices with fresh seasonal fruit for a nutrient packed breakfast or snack.


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