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New Year, New Granola Bars

Happy New Year to everyone!  Hope you all had a great 2012, I know I did!  New apartment, new school, new blog, new job, quit new job, lots of new recipes & my most favorite part is the shiny little something sitting pretty on my finger :) .  Now how is 2013 going to top that?  I’m not sure but I do know I’m starting with a new granola bar recipe.

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I much prefer a chewy, denser granola bar minus the sugar, soy and other strange ingredients that comes in most store bought. Oh and gluten free at a non-gluten free price. So after you try scouring the stores for something fitting this description you can come back here and make these because they are good and healthy. I plan to only eat one once they come out of the oven and put the rest in the freezer for crazy school days which are approaching fast.

Oh & how cute is this jar of honey?  The only added sweetness is 1 tbsp honey drizzled over the bars when they are finished baking.

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Now although I quit counting calories, carbs and all other things numbers a long time ago, when it comes to bars I always read the ingredients list and make sure it’s not just like eating a candy bar.  So I have provided the “counts” below, but really if you eat healthy & understand what a portion size is I encourage you to not rigorously count & make yourself crazy, it’s quite liberating.  And while I’m sure many of you have wonderful health resolutions, try to  focus on the fact that you can have an abundance of fruits and vegetables without consequences.

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Original recipe by Kathy.

Ingredients:

-1.5 cups GF rolled oats

- 2 tbsp sunflower seeds

- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

- 2 tbsp chia seeds

- 3 tbsp cacao nibs

- 1/4 cup mixture walnuts and pecans

- 1 egg

- 1 & 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

- 1 tbsp cinnamon (yes 1 tbsp)

- 1 tsp vanilla extract

- 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted

*optional, drizzle 1 tbsp honey when pull out of the oven

(I prefer no fruit to avoid too much food combining and blood sugar spikes.)

Directions:

-Preheat oven to 350, mix dry and wet separate, combine, bake 30-40 minutes, & eat!

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Makes 9 Servings

Calories: 161

Fat: 3.2g Saturated, 3.1g PUFA, 1.4g MUFA

Carbs: 12.9g

Fiber: 4g

Sugar: 0.8g

Protein: 5g

These bars are high in manganese, vitamin E, copper & magnesium with smaller amounts of zinc, iron & calcium. These minerals work to boost your thyroid, immunity, stabalize blood sugar, red blood cell production and the list goes on & on. So grab a bowl and start mixing to fuel up for the new year!

Chewable Crack: Mocha Cookie Dough Bites, No bake, GF

Beware, these are known to destroy will power.  They have that pringle thing going for them, once you pop… what I’m trying to say is they are dangerous, dangerously delicious.  And they go with anything, everything or by themselves.   My liquid crack has taken on a new form, a cookie dough bite form.  And this is just as easy to make.  And they would be perfect paired together!  (Hello lunch ;) )

I saw my inspiration here, and I changed it a bit but not much.  These are perfect for energy, not only from the coffee but also from the nuts. Consider them a beauty bite too since the nuts have the essential fatty acids to give you a glow and the caffeine to “perk” your skin up.  So basically these are healthy, no seriously- only natural date sugar which is just as sweet as regular.

Try them for a sweet & nutty afternoon (or anytime)  pick me up!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup roasted, salted almonds (LOVE sweet and salty combos)

1/4 cup toasted walnuts

1 tsp vanilla extract

4 pitted dates, soaked in warm water for 10 minutes

2-3 tbsp brewed coffee

1 tsp instant coffee powder

1-2 tsp dark cocoa powder

Directions:

Put almonds and walnuts into blender to make coarse meal.  Add the dates, blend to combine.  Add the rest of ingredients until well combined and no large chunks remain.  Roll into balls if you haven’t eaten everything with a spoon by now ;)

Calories for 30 small bites

kcal 27

3g carbs

2g fat

1g protein

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