Mixed Seed Bark
If you are, as am I, surrounded with allergy-challenged family members and friends, you become very creative and use seeds. Yes, seeds. This recipe gives equal time to all seeds: Flax, chia, hemp, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds. So it’s no wonder they are
- nutritional powerhouses
- your best friends for all things digestion and regularity
A nice chunk of mixed seed bark a day keeps tummy aches away, and keeps you going: what’s not to love?
Mixed Seed Bark Vegan and gluten-free
Yay: it looks like they have everything going for them.
One more thing: they are a snap to make. Mix, shape, bake, the end.
Mixed Seed Cookies
The cookies are made with the exact same recipe, using the exact same ingredients. They are just shaped differently. Same recipe, two looks; funky messy bark, or tidy cute cookies? Mix and match, everyone will love both. Instructions for baking the cookies are included.
Can’t have nuts?
Seeds are your answer! Not just for this mixed seed bark and cookies, but in virtually every recipe that calls for nuts. Seeds are the tiniest mightiest powerhouses! Nutritionally speaking, they are all the way up there with almonds and walnuts, and loads of crunch too!
Get the seeds ready-mixed!
Super Seeds Gerbs is absolutely fantastic. 7 seeds all in equal parts. Super fresh and well priced. Most importantly, they are highly nutritious. So nutritious you can have them for breakfast too. Very priced too! Think of what you can do with this wonderful mixed beside this mixed seed bark: throw it in smoothies, overnight oats, cookies, energy bites, muffins, salads, and much more. I make sure to always have some on hand. Store them in the refrigerator after opening, for maximum freshness.
A little word of caution!
Do not forget to spray the cookie sheet, line it up with foil, and spray the foil. Small simple steps, but if you neglect one of them, you’ll get an inextricable sticky mess. Oy, i recently had a frustrating evening when I forgot to oil the pan, and had to throw away my beautiful batch, and slaved on scrubbing the pan.
Mixed Seed Bark freezes beautifully
So why make half a batch if you can freeze? Just sayin’ OK? Everyone i bring a box of these treat is in heaven: the perfect gift! We too often think food gifts should be ornate and labor intensive, whereas the exact opposite is the case. Your friends will be grateful for the real thing!
1/4 cup flax or chia seeds
1 cup warm tap water
4 1/2 cups mixed seeds of your choice
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup tapioca flour
1 cup honey (or date syrup, or maple syrup)
1 cup sugar or sucanat
2 tablespoons unfiltered vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (you can also use caramel or butterscotch extract)
Preheat the oven to 250*F
Mix the ground flax with the water and let it rest while you prepare the rest of the recipe.
Measure all other ingredients in a bowl, and add the flax mixture. Mix thoroughly.
Spray a large rimmed cookie sheet generously with vegetable spray. Line the tray with foil and spray again generously with vegetable spray.
Pour the mixture in the cookie sheet, spreading it evenly on the whole surface. It should be no thicker than about 4 mm. If it looks too thick, take out the excess and spread it on another cookie sheet). Press hard with your hands on the mixture to compact it.
Bake for one hour. It should be very crisp and golden. Let it cool, and break it into pieces.
Preheat the oven to 325*
Form smallish balls. Place them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet, and flatten them with your hands.
bake 30 minutes. They should be very crisp.
You will get a good three dozen cookies.
Store the bark or the cookies in airtight tin at room temperature.