I don’t keep processed snacks in the house because they have NO nutritional value and they are quite addicting and toxic. Excitotoxins, food dyes, corn syrup and a myriad of other things are often added to packaged snacks. These ingredients can actually make you addicted to the food item they are in and often times you may not feel satiated. Ever notice your little one eats a snack and ten minutes later they are still hungry?
Snacks are also an habitual way to dent your budget. So this is a great way to save money and eat healthful. Oatmeal is a big staple in our home and even the organic version is affordable. So I created a granola bar that my son keeps coming back for more! I hope your family enjoys these bars as much as we do!
1 ¾ cups rolled oats
¼ cup oat bran
½ tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup dried cranberries (sugar-free!)
1 cup organic raisins
½ cup almond butter
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
6 Tbs. coconut oil
6 pitted dates, chopped
1 Tbs. ground flaxseed
2 Tbs. filtered water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8” x 8” pan with coconut oil.
Mix together in a medium mixing bowl, oats, oat bran, salt, cinnamon, dried fruits.
Puree banana and dates together in a blender.
Mix flaxseed and water to form a paste with a small whisk. (This also helps bind the bars. )
In a separate larger bowl, whisk together the vanilla, coconut oil, almond butter, banana date mixture and flaxseed paste.
Combine the dry ingredients into the wet, just enough to combine well.
Spread into the pan and press down gently with the palms of your hands. I rub some coconut oil on my hands before doing this so the mixture doesn’t stick to my hands Plus it’s a great moisturizer for you!
Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes. The top and edges will get a little brown.
IMPORTANT TIP!!!! Take out to cool for about 30 minutes and then place in the refrigerator to “set” for about an hour. This part is crucial in having firm, not crumbly bars!
Once they set, cut with a sharp knife and bon appetite!
Salubrious Tip: You can add any nuts, coconut or other dried fruits you love.