Friday, November 12, 2010

Tasty Granola Bars

Alrighty here is a quick and easy recipe for healthy granola bars. I found it at the link below and made a couple of adjustments. Honestly, these bars have it all: protein, low glycemic index, omega-3's and tons of fibre. I make them, freeze them and them take them out one at a time. If you cut the recipe into about 20 bars they will be 150 calories each. This is a perfect amount of calories for a snack. Enjoy!

1 cup dried date pieces or 10 dates, diced
1 cup water, more or less
3/4 cup almond butter
1/2 cup walnuts chopped
1/2 cup of peptia seeds (shelled pumpkin seeds)
1/2 cup Honey
1/2 cup old fashioned oats 
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1/2 cup dried fruit, chopped (I used craisins)
1/4 cup flaxmeal (ground flaxseed)
1 Tbs of cocoa powder (full of antioxidants!)

In a saucepan over low heat, heat all the ingredients until they are thoroughly mixed. If it is too watery add more oats or almond butter, if it is too thick add applesauce or more water. 
Lay parchment paper in baking sheet and spread mixture over the paper. Preheat oven to 350 F. Bake for 20-25 minutes and then put in the refrigerator for an hour. Then Enjoy... oh yeah and don't forget portion control. Although these have tons of nutrients they can be calorie dense if you overdo it. My advice cut them up and put them in the freezer. Happy Friday!

1 comment:

diggym said...

Jen, these will be perfect to munch on after my spin classes. And even better, your Dad hates dates so the will be ALL MINE!!!
LU Mom