Raising the Bar

Remember these?

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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?

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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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