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I just had to post a healthy bar recipe since there is a huge health scam going on now. The health scam I am referring to is gross misleading marketing campaign of practically every health bar out there. It frustrates me to no end seeing these fruit, nut, meal replacement, protein bars or what-have-yous being made to look like they are actually good for you. Upon closer inspection they are really not that much better than your average chocolate bar. Most contain a whole lot of refined sugars, or even worse corn syrup, and a ton of bad fat, all sorts of chemicals, preservatives, flavorings, etc. Now a bunch are being loaded with synthetic vitamins and minerals, making the consumer believe they are eating something nutritious. Although there are some decent ones out there that can be found at health stores, most are complete and utter crap.

That’s why it’s so much better making your own. Yes this granola bar has sugar in it, but it’s of the less refined variety, so it wont give you the horrible blood sugar fluctuations most of these bars would. It is high in protein and fiber, so it’ll keep you fuller longer. But the best part is, it tastes damn good!

There is a lot of debate on whether or not oats have gluten. There may be small amounts so I would not recommend this recipe to anyone who is Celiac. In that case, quinoa flakes can make a good substitute for the oats.

Enjoy!

You’ll Need:

  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar – a delicious low glycemic sweetener (or sucanat – an unrefined brown sugar)
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (or Earth Balance Buttery Spread)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups organic quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons ground flax seeds

Directions:

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the coconut sugar, agave nectar, almond butter, coconut oil or Earth Balance, and vanilla. Stir until melted and all ingredients are well combined. Stir in the oats, sunflower seeds, cranberries, and ground flax seeds.

Press well into an 8-in. square baking dish covered with parchment paper or lightly greased.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until set and edges are browned. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

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