Thursday, December 13, 2012

Healthy Energy Bars

 This is a delicious recipe I've mildly adapted from a co-worker of my husbands.  It is healthy, hearty and great for a snack or even chilled for a dessert or potluck. Flax seeds in their whole form cannot offer omegas but are a healthy dose of fiber which everyone could more of. We use raw honey which offers enzymes, anti bacterial properties and many more healthy benefits, (although heating kills enzymes, we still feel better about). Coconut oil needs to be UNREFINED and COLD-PRESSED. Organic is best, but is has many, many health benefits which I will cover later in another post. And instead of chocolate chips sometimes I will melt down a bar of solid 100% cocoa and add some sweetner and coconut oil and put that on top instead, it tastes darker and I really love the benfits.


3 1/2 C old fashioned oats
3/4 C dried cranberries or raisins
2/3 C sunflower or pumpkin seeds (can do chopped nuts as well, or a combo of all)
1/2 C oat bran
3 TBSP flax seeds
1 TBSP cinnamon
1 1/2 C natural peanut butter or almond butter (no sugar or hydrogonated oils)
1 C honey
4 TBSP coconut oil
1 C dark chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350*
2. Combine the dry ingredients and mix well
3. In a small sauce pan combine peanut butter, honey and oil and over low heat, stir and mix only till softnened
4. Add wet to the dry mix and combine well, then put in a greased 9x13 pan and bake for 15 minutes
5. Put chocolate chips on top and melt and spread
6. Chill for about 2 hours in the fridge for a solid granola bar

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