Raising the Bar

Remember these?

kelloggs-nutrigrain-bars quaker granola

That’s what I knew as granola bars growing up.  That’s what I put in my dance bag  to have as a “healthy” snack between classes.  It had oats in it, which are healthy right?  Yes but what about all the other ingredients?


Most protein and granola bars have soy lecithin, soy protein, corn syrup, sugar, and preservatives like BHT.  So which do you pick?  Why not try making your own?

I brought these with me to a party the other day and everyone gobbled them up.  They are great for breakfast, as a snack or even a healthy dessert.  My gRAWnola bar recipe has no added sugars, and no grains.  They are gluten-free, dairy free, vegan, raw, and paleo friendly.  And the best part, I know all the ingredients I’m eating!

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My two main flavors…

“cho-coco” bar (chocolate & coconut) *these are awesome as dessert too*

  • 1/2 cups of raw almonds
  • 1/2 cups of raw pecans
  • 1/3 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/3 cups of Enjoy Life semi-sweet chocolate chips (soy and dairy free)
  • 1 1/2 Tlbs of plain apple sauce (look for brands with no added sugar)
  • 4 dates (make sure to de-pit them)

“SNF-seeds, nuts, fruit” bar

  • 1/2 cup of raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup of raw walnuts
  • 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup of dried cranberries or cherries
  • 1 1/2 Tlbs. of cinnamon apple sauce (look for brands with no added sugar)
  • 4 dates (or 2 dates and 2 dried apricots)
  • pinch of salt
  • (can also add pistachios)

Chop all the dry ingredients (nuts/seeds) in food processor. Poured into a bowl.  Using  processor blend moist ingredients (fruits) then add dry mixture, and mix together.  You can roll them into individual balls or press into a baking sheet and let them dry out.

Put a few in a container and stash them in your bag for when you have your next snack attack!


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