Helloo beautiful ladies & gentlemen!
Today, we’re talking about some healthy bars. I know I know, that word “healthy” is overused. What exactly does healthy mean? What is healthy? If you ask people that question, you’re likely to get a variety of answers.
When I say something is healthy, or has healthy ingredients, what I mean is that it contains essential nutrients vital to living our best life.
These bars are packed with ingredients that provide fiber, vitamins, minerals, whole grains, protein, & healthy fats – all nutrients to keep you feeling energized, alert, & FAB-U-LOUS!
I haven’t talked about this much, but my goal for next-steps is to start selling delicious BARS are local Farmers’ Markets. I am SO excited about it!! And I figured, I should hone in on which & what type of breakfasty bars to have, especially since Farmers’ Markets typically begin in the morning. I want y’all to be able to go to the market, get yo health breakfast on with some HEALTH bars, snag some dessert bars for later (like Celebration Bars or Razzle Dazzle Shortbread Bars), and of course indulge in all the fresh produce from the area’s farms!
This here is your sneak peak at the Health Bars!
I’m not going to pretend that these taste like a dessert or chocolate bar or anything. They taste HEALTHY! Like, you will feel good while you eat them, and enjoy them too. They’re slightly chewy, nutty, savory, & totally satisfying.
AND they are dairy-free & gluten-free! Woop woop!
You can whip them up super quick. We’re talking about 20 minutes (or less…let’s have a race :-D) to toss the ingredients together + 25 minutes of baking time (when you can wash the few dishes, take the dog out, watch an episode of New Girl, Handmaids Tale, or your fav TV show…) and then they’re READY! You can eat ’em warm, or cool them and wrap them up to have handy whenever a hunger-pang hits (or ideally, pre-hunger pang!)
You can totally modify this with what you have on hand. Feel free to use your fav nut butter in place of the almond butter/peanut butter; pecans or walnuts in place of the almonds; pumpkin seeds for sunflower seeds; dried apricots in place of the raisins — totally adaptable! Also, I used honey, but feel free to use maple syrup in place to make ’em vegan.
They’re perfect for breakfast, as a snack, or even warmed up as a *healthy* dessert! Hunger, be gone!
Let’s DO this!
This recipe makes one 8×8 inch pan — about 12 bars.
1 cup oats (make sure they’re gluten-free, if you need them to be)
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
1 TBS chia seeds
1 TBS flaxseeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped dried fruit – I used raisins
2 bananas, mashed
1/4 cup almond butter, peanut butter, or any nut butter
2 TBS honey (or maple syrup)
Flaky sea salt, to sprinkle on top
1) Line an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Set that aside for now.
2) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
3) In a medium-sized bowl, combine the oats, quinoa, chia seeds, flaxseeds, almonds, salt, cinnamon, and dried fruit. Mix ’em all together.
4) Add in the mashed banana.
5) In a small bowl, microwave the peanut butter and honey for 30 seconds. Mix them together, and then add those to the rest of your ingredients. Give everything a good, gentle mix with a rubber spatula until it’s all combined.
Dump Nicely spread the dough evenly into your prepared parchment-lined pan. Sprinkle on soma dat flaky sea salt. SO GOOD! I recommend Maldon Sea Salt.
7) Bake the bars in the oven for about 25 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
8) Remove ’em from the oven, and allow them to cool in the pan completely. OR, if you want to try them warm, allow them to cool for about 20 minutes. Cut, & serve!
9) If you want to package them up to have for later / for the week, allow them to cool completely first. Then store them in an airtight container!
10) They’ll stay moist and fresh for about a week– if they last that long!!
This time around, I brought a few of these into work to have on hand for that mid-morning craving and the afternoon 3pm wall; kept a few at home for Cole to also enjoy; and am sharing the rest with co-workers!
Let me know when you make ’em / if you add in any other mix-ins!! Feel free to tag me @thefetchingfoodie – I’d love to see! 🙂
Happy, healthy baking y’all!!