Saturday, January 11, 2014

No Bake, All Natural, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Corn Syrup Free, Goldilocks "Just Right" Energy Protein Bars

I've tried many "healthy" granola bar recipes - some were not so healthy, some were not so tasty! Some were dry, some had a not-so-appetizing texture...

There is just enough liquid to make these moist and chewy, there is enough texture that they hold their shape, they aren't too sweet, there is a crunch, no artificial ingredients or preservatives - 

  I hate to sound like Goldilocks, but these are JUST RIGHT!

"Just Right" Bars

2 cups toasted, rolled oats
1 16 oz jar Natural, unsweetened Chunky Peanut Butter
(or 1 1/2 cups - any nut butter will do)
1 cup ground flaxseed (measured after grinding)
1/2 cup chia seed
3/4 cup filled halfway with raw honey and raw maple syrup
3/4 dried fruit (I used cranberries and white raisins)
1/2 cup chocolate or carob chips
1/4 cup coarsely chopped almonds (or other nut)
1/2 to 1 tsp. cinnamon (to taste)

Stir all ingredients together, press firmly and evenly into a glass 9x13 dish. Cover and refrigerate at least an hour, overnight is best.

Cut into bars (I got 18) and wrap individually or store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. 


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