After exploring the kitchen cabniets and acquiring tasty, natural, and nutritious ingredients I decided to whip up some yummy granola bars. These bars are packed with excellent sources of fiber, protein, and healthy fats; not to mention they are absolutely wonderful to eat. These granolas were easy to make and can serve as a delicious snack during the daily hustle and bustle, perhaps on the trail, or even just as a sweet treat after dinner!
Just about every single ingredient the bars are made with have health benefits (even the small amount of chocolate) and in some way, shape, or form can fuel your body and give it the energy it needs to push through the day without a huge sugar crash. The nuts and seeds used in this recipe are all natural and raw. Try your best to cut roasted, salted, or seasoned nuts out of the recipe and your diet. By simply eating the natural and raw form of the nut, you are allowing your body to absorb and use the food and it’s nutrients just how it should. You can reap the benefits from eating food closest to how it is found in nature.
One food that always tends to get a bad wrap is most definitely the prune. Prunes are the butts of many old people jokes and bathroom quips (see what I did there). But in reality they are so delicious and sweet to eat. They are a unique texture–soft and chewy, and honestly could be eaten plain as a dessert! Give them a try if you haven’t!
This recipe makes a generous portion and amount of energy granola bars, they are fairly thick and do a fantastic job of filling you up!
Preheat the oven to 340 degrees and begin mixing the following ingredients together in a bowl:
2 cups Gluten Free Oats
1/2 cup chopped Walnuts
1/2 cup chopped/sliced/halved (your personal preference) almonds
2 Tablespoons ground Flaxseed
3/4 cup Sunflower Seeds
1/2 cup Natural Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
1/2 cup Water
1 cup Natural Unsweetened Applesauce
10 chopped dried Prunes
1/3 cup Honey
1 Tablespoon Natural Peanut Butter (or Almond Butter)
*1/3 cup Mini Chocolate Chips (optional–a very very good option)
Line a pan with wax paper and after each of the different ingredients are mixed together and the contents are a sticky and consistent texture pat the mixture into the lined pan. These granola/energy bars are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside, a super yummy treat. After baking in the oven for 25 minutes, remove and let cool. After they have cooled place in the freezer for 15 minutes to maximize a good consistency and ensure the bars stay together. Cut and serve with a cold glass of soy milk, your body, mind, and tastebuds will thank you.