Hey there! Last week in my list of "Healthy Tweaks", I mentioned making your own muesli bars or energy balls instead of buying them.
They are super easy to make, and this allows you to control the quality of ingredients and the amount of sugar that goes into them.
I have 3 recipes to share with you today. These 3 are ones I have made several times and they always turn out well! And my daughter and her friends love them. I hope you do too!
They all take no more than 30 minutes to make. Enjoy!
1. Easy Granola Bars By Brown Thumb Mama
4 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup flour
1 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup honey
1 tsp baking soda
1-2 cups add-ins ( mini choc chips, nuts & seeds, coconut flakes, dried fruit)
Lightly butter a 9x13 pan. Preheat oven to 325F.
Combine butter and honey in a large bowl and mix well. Add all other ingredients except add-ins and mix well. Stir add-ins in by hand.
Press the mixture into the pan. The mixture will be sticky, so it can help to dampen your hands a little. Take the time to press firmly and evenly. Bake them for 15-20 mins. Allow to cool for 10 mins. They will cook and set a bit more as they cool.
Cut into bars and store either at room temp (they keep for about a week) or freeze.
2. Almond Oatmeal Protein Bars (GF) By Jenny Sugar
1 cup almond butter
3 oz vegan or whey protein powder
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 cups gluten free oats
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
1 tsp baking soda
Lightly grease a 9x11 baking pan. Preheat oven to 350F.
In a small bowl, use an electric mixer to beat first 3 ingredients together. Then beat in eggs. Stir in oats, coconut, and baking soda by hand to mix well.
Take the time to firmly and evenly press dough into the pan. Dough will be stiff, so you can use the back of a spoon or dampen your hands.
Bake for 12-15 minutes. Cool COMPLETELY and cut into bars. Store at room temp (they keep for about a week) or freeze.
3. Yummy Chocolate Balls by Adrian Nowland
6-7 large Medjool dates
1 cup walnuts
3 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp sea salt
Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse on high until smooth. It will be like a thick paste, you don't want any chunks in it. Sometimes I find I have to add 1-2 Tbsp water if it's too thick and won't process well enough. Roll into balls. Makes 15-20.
There you go, 3 recipes of delicousness. Hope you enjoy.
Next week I'm going to talk about Morning Rituals. Specifically, why they are important and how to create your own with as little as 5 minutes to spare. I will share the 5 steps to ensure you start your day feeling centered, calm, and clear.
Stay tuned and until then... be well!
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