Best advice? Read the ingredients list, guys. It tells you more about a food than anything else. Read on to learn the biggest health food posers.
Granola Bars Hippies eat it, so it's got to be good for me, right? Sorry dude, but most granola bars contain a truckload of added sugar. Kellogg's nutri-grain contains almost 3 teaspoons of sugar, and very little whole grain. Nature's Valley chewy bars have four different types of sugar listed on the ingredients. And don't even get me started on cereal bars. Do we really need to add more sugar to Frosted Flakes?
I love the convenience of granola bars, but not the nutrition or taste of most commercial ones. I've made energy bars before, but these are definitely my favorite. The puffed kamut keeps them from being too heavy and adds a nice crunch. It also helps cut the calories a bit, so this is a nice recipe for those of you who are watching your weight. If you can't find puffed kamut, any puffed whole grain cereal will work. You could even use bran flakes in a pinch. Feel free to use whatever nuts and dried fruit you have on hand. I've made a few batches with dates instead of apricots, almond butter instead of peanut butter and cashews instead of almonds, but this was my favorite combination.
- 1 cup pecans
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 5 dried unsweetened apricots, quartered
- 1 tablespoon flax or chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 2 cups puffed kamut
- 1/2 cup dried currants or dried blueberries, preferably unsweetened
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- zest from 1 lemon
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a medium baking dish with parchment paper or rub with oil.
- In a food processor, pulse the pecans, almonds, peanut butter, apricots, chia or flax seeds, and canola oil until coarsely chopped.
- Scrape nut and fruit mixture into a large bowl. Stir in puffed kamut, currants, and coconut.
- Spread mixture evenly into the prepared baking dish and press down to flatten. Sprinkle the lemon zest evenly over the top.
- Bake for 25 minutes until browned at the edges.
- Let cool then carefully cut into rectangles, or totally butcher it and eat it in chunks. That's cool too.