Homemade, Healthy Gluten Free Snack Bars (oh my!!)
Check out your local grocery, health food, cafe, etc... "Bars" are everywhere - usually advertising how "High in Protein", "Low in Carbs", "Full of Fiber", etc.. they are.
Unfortunately, regardless of their claims, most of the options are actually not much more than glorified candy bars loaded full of chemicals, sugar, artificial ingredients, etc. Additionally, they tend to be expensive!
How about a recipe for a Homemade treat full of Healthy Ingredients, NO chemicals or preservatives and yes, also high in Protein and Fiber and devoid of common allergens. I'll bet that most of the ingredients are already in your pantry (and if not - great incentive to stock up!!)
Another bonus: given that they're homemade - YOU pick exactly what goes in! I say "Cranberries", you say "Darn - out of Cranberries, but I have apricots" I say "Great! Now they're yours!!" And you can (of course) change it up every time you make them :)
Ok - here goes, nothing complicated here!
1 C Nut Butter (Choose your fav.)
1/4 C Honey (or sub Maple Syrup - avoid Agave, Corn Syrup, Sugar)
1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
1 C Chopped Nuts (Almonds, Hazelnuts, etc...)
1 C Rolled Oats (Gluten Free)
1/2 C Hemp Hearts
1/3 C Seeds (Sunflower, Pumpkin, Sesame, Poppy, Chia, etc...)
1/3 C Shredded Coconut
1/3 C Dried Fruit (Cranberries, Apricots, Figs, etc... - choose unsulfured, unsweetened)
1/3 C Cocoa Nibs (optional)
Spices as you like (Cinnamon, Ginger, Powdered Vanilla, etc)
Optional: Dark chocolate to drizzle on top!
Line a Baking Dish with parchment paper
Blend Wet Ingredients (nut butter, sweetener, vanilla extract) until smooth.
Combine Dry Ingredients in a separate bowl.
Add Wet to Dry, Mix well by hand. The mixture should hold together but not be really wet/sticky. If it is too dry or wet, add more dry or wet ingredients until its perfect (Perfect for YOU!)
Pack well into baking dish.
If using, melt chocolate gently and drizzle on top.
Refrigerate ~overnight until firm (you can freeze for an hour or soif you're hungry!) then slice as you like. Store in an airtight container either in the fridge or freezer.
Dr Katarine Holewa, ND