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Quick and Nutritious Granola Bar Recipe

Happy Friday!

Today I want to share a recipe that I got off a friend a while back and turned it into my favourite guilt-free, sweet snack! Below I have included the recipe and all of the health benefits of these bars – and there are a lot of them! These bars will make a great breakfast or afternoon snack when you are craving something sweet.

So originally I followed a measured recipe when I made the bars but since then I just make it by eye because it is THAT easy! That is one of the best parts of this recipe is that you don’t need to spend time measuring ingredients, and only a bowl and a wooden spoon get messy. I’ve broken it down into the main ingredients and then you can play around with the rest of the ingredients to give it the taste and consistency that you are looking for.IMG_20150703_111153

The main ingredients are the following:

  1. Quick oats (the smaller and more crushed up they are, the better I find they are to use)
  2. Raw, unpasteurized honey
  3. All natural nut butter (any will do, I usually do peanut or hazelnut butter)
  4. Chia seeds
  5. Ground flax seeds

And the following are the optional ingredients that I play around with:

  1. Coconut shreds
  2. Dried cranberries or raisins
  3. Pecans
  4. Walnuts
  5. Any other ingredient you want! (Try and keep it healthy 🙂 )
  1. In a medium size bowl pour in the oats. You can do around 1.5-2 cups of oats as this is the main ingredient for the bars
  2. Add in a healthy sprinkle of chia and flax seeds
  3. Add in your optional ingredients – whichever you want and as much as you want, but keep it less than the amount of oats you put in
  4. Add in a fair scoop of honey and nut butter and mix with all of the ingredients. If there are any dry parts of the mix then you can add in more honey and nut butter until all of the ingredients are wet and it has a sticky consistency.
  5. Move the mixture in to a tupperware and press along the bottom until it is about 1 inch thick
  6. Put in the fridge and let it cool and harden for about 45 minutes
  7. Enjoy!

NOW, here’s why they are so healthy and guilt free!

Oats help lower cholesterol levels, have antioxidants that contribute to good heart health, boost your immune system and are high in manganese which helps stabilize blood sugar and keeps your skin looking great

Raw, unpasteurized honey is an anti-inflammatory, soothes sore throats, high in antioxidants, helps with coughs and colds, contains many different vitamins and is a natural source of energy

Peanut butter suppresses hunger, lowers type 2 Diabetes, lowers your risk of gallstones, provides you with potassium, protein, fiber

Chia seeds can help with type 2 Diabetics, are high in antioxidants, provide a nutritional punch packing fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and can aid in weight loss

Flax seeds can help fight against skin cancer, lower blood pressure, lower your risk of liver disease, contains omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and lignans, can help reduce your risk of breast, colon and prostate cancer

Coconut stabilizes blood sugar, lowers cholesterol, boosts your immune system, increases thyroid production, increases metabolism

Dried cranberries regulate blood sugar levels in type-2 Diabetics, reduce inflammation, source of dietary fiber

Pecans contain more than 19 vitamins, can lower cholesterol, are high in fiber and are high in antioxidants

Walnuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids, manganese and copper, are especially beneficial for the heart and circulatory system, beneficial for type-2 Diabetics, contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients and can help with bone health

The bar takes me less than 10 minutes to make and we keep it in the fridge and it generally lasts us about a week (there’s only 2 of us in my house). I am totally addicted to these bars, they are sweet and help keep me away from refined sugar and they are a great snack to keep me satisfied.

I hope you enjoy the bars!

Until next time

Briana

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