Monday, October 29, 2012

Power Granola Bars

These granola bars are packed-full of wholesome ingredients and amazing nutrients to fuel your body. These bars have a slight chew and an incredible taste from the variety of seeds, dried fruits, and healthy fats, making these bars a perfect snack to curve your hunger or pre/post-workout food and all the while saving money on buying those fancy bars that often still contain 
too much sugar. 

Power Granola Bars: (10 servings)
Adapted from Bob Vivant

1/2 cup puffed amaranth
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup raisins
4 dates
cup oats
1/4 cup pepitas
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tbs chia seeds
1/4 cup flaxseeds
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 nut or seed butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet or a square pan with parchment paper. Combine the pepitas, 1/2 amount of oats, and dried fruit ( be sure to pit the dates) in a food processor and pulse until the mixture is coarsely chopped. Add the puffed amaranth, remaining oats, and sunflower seeds. Pulse once or twice to combine. Add remaining ingredients and pulse until thoroughly mixed. It will resemble a thick, coarse paste.
Place and press mixture into prepared pan. Bake 20-30 minutes, until golden brown and pulling away from the parchment paper at the edges. Allow to cool in the pan for 30 minutes. Cut the mixture 10+ bars while still warm. When bars are completely cool store in an airtight container and refrigerate. Enjoy in your yogurt, or just as a snack, or to cure that sweet tooth.

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