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Healthy Snack Bars

These homemade healthy snack bars are a nice treat and healthy alternative to many of the typical bars that come in a BOX! Remember, if it comes in a box, it likely also comes with added artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. Any natural ingredients are highly processed and heated, losing much of the potential nutrients.

These bars boast the superfood power of Coconut oil, Quinoa, Chia and Nuts, but feel free to add any of your own favourite ingredients.

I like to make a big batch of all the base ingredients, then set aside half in another bowl and add different add-ins to the two bowls, making two different yummy bars! This method also allows me to make sure that one of the bars remain school lunch friendly, i.e. peanut free. Otherwise, I would put natural peanut butter in everything! We are big peanut butter lovers in this house!

Warning: They can be a little crumbly! I recently made them with what seemed like extra liquid ingredients, but they were still fairly crumbly. I like to keep them in the fridge to set. Then when I pack them in lunches, they are perfect at room temperature.

I really tend not to use recipes exactly. If I am trying a new recipe, I usually always change something. For these, I just pour real maple syrup and/or honey into a pot, add some coconut oil, until it looks like enough. Use more coconut oil than syrups to reduce sugar content. Pour half of the mixture into a bowl, if you want to make two different flavours. Then add a few tablespoons of natural peanut butter and melt into the mixture.

Dump some oats and quinoa on a baking sheet so that it is covered with an even layer about 1/4 inch thick. Sorry, but that’s just how I do things in the kitchen! Bake the quinoa and oats in the oven for 10 minutes or so, until the oats start to turn golden. Separate the dry ingredients into the two bowls and combine with the two different coconut oil mixtures.

Now for the fun part! Adding your ingredients. To the peanut butter mixture, I added chia seeds, walnuts and some dark chocolate chunks, which will melt, and that’s ok! Then in the other bowl, unsweetened coconut shreds and dried cranberries.

The options are endless – pumpkin seeds, walnuts, almonds, chia seeds, hemp hearts, flax… Let me know what flavour combination you create.

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Press the mixtures into a glass baking dish or mini loaf pan, place in the fridge for a while before cutting into squares and bars. Wrap some in parchment paper or plastic wrap individually and keep in the fridge. The wrapped ones are for on-the-go snacks, otherwise you can just keep them in a container in the fridge.

 

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