Every woman needs a go-to snack on hand at all times. Especially those of us who suffer from sudden onset cravings at a moments notice. The challenge is in finding a grabbable option that is satisfying yet oh-so healthy.
These bars have become a household staple, both of my daughters are obsessed with them, it’s now a weekly thing for me to whip up (in addition to my coconut kefir yogurt, which these pair so well with). Good thing, they are super easy, I can make them in under 30 minutes and have on hand for the week.
The secret to making a granola bar mom approved? Using gluten free rolled oats, to ensure easier digestion, using hemp and chia seeds for omega 3’s and omega 6’s, and using Coconut Secret’s Coconut Nectar in place of processed sugars. This low glycemic option comes from the “sap” of coconut blossom, it contains 17 amino acids, vitamin C and vitamin B and is rich in magnesium, potassium, and iron. All of these are nutrients and essential to keeping us ladies feeling balanced and hormonally harmonious.
I suggest making in batches so you always having on hand. In fact, my daughter recently took her own stash as an overseas travel snack to Africa, so I can say, these bars truly can go anywhere!
Line a 9-inch square cake pan with two pieces of parchment paper (one going each direction)
In a large mixing bowl combine the oats, rice cereal, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, shredded coconut, sesame seeds, chia seeds, cinnamon, 1 T. vanilla and mix well.
In a small saucepan, stir together the coconut nectar and almond butter until well combined. Cook over medium to high heat until the mixture softens and bubbles slightly, then remove the pan from the heat and stir in 1 tsp. vanilla.
Pour the nut butter mixture over the oat mix, using a spatula to scrape every last bit out of the pan. Stir well large metal spoon, until all of the oats and cereal are coated in the wet mixture (the resulting mixture will be thick and slightly hard to stir). Fold in goji berries or goldenberries.
Transfer the mix to the pan lined with parchment paper. Spreading it into an even layer, lightly wet your hands and press down on the mixture to even it out. Press firmly and evenly. This helps the bars hold together better.
Place the pan in the freezer, uncovered, and chill for 10 minutes, or until firm. Lift the oat square out of the pan, using the parchment paper as handles, and place it on a cutting board. Using sharp knife, slice the square into 6 rows, then slice in half to make 12 bars total. Wrap bars individually and keep in airtight container in fridge for 2 weeks or you can store extra in freezer for up to a month.
Holistic Nutritionist & Lifestyle Cleanse Expert, Los Angeles
After being diagnosed with cancer when she was 32, Elissa Goodman explored holistic alternatives and combined them with traditional treatments and was able to beat the disease. Her husband wasn’t as fortunate; he succumbed to Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma when he was only 45 after a regimen of doctor-prescribed chemotherapy and two bone marrow transplants. Her personal experience led her to realize the many ways in which nutrition and lifestyle affect our ability to deal with health challenges.