So, it is February 10th, how did that happen? This means Spring and Summer will be here before we know it. I am in full swing with my diet (I hate that word diet) so rather, healthy lifestyle. Of course, I want to look fit in my bikini this Summer but I also want to feel healthy and vibrant. This comes with a lot of prepping and cooking your own meals, even replacement meals and snacks such as these little homemade energy bars.
I have found that I no longer trust the ingredients of similar snacks, personally, there are far too many ingredients I cannot pronounce or identify. Why would I want to put that into my body?Exactly and you shouldn't either! I am also a do-it-yourself kind of girl, if I find something I like I find a way to make it myself. These bars are so simple to make and they are filled with all natural ingredients (ones you are familiar with) and come together so quickly. The cool thing about this is you can pretty much use whatever items you already have in your pantry and have a little fun playing around with the ingredients.
For this series, I will discuss two different meal bars. One is a blueberry and flaxseed breakfast bar and the second one is a fully packed nutty energy boosting bar. I encourage you to make them both at home!
Blueberry and Flaxseed Breakfast Bar
1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease an 8-inch square pan with coconut oil.
2. To prepare the filling: In a saucepan, combine the berries, sugar, flour, lemon juice and water. Stir over medium heat until the mixture begins to simmer. Continue stirring until berries just begin to break down and the sauce thickens, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat.
3. To prepare the crust: In the bowl of a food processor, pulse together the rolled oats, flaxseed meal and sesame seeds until they form a mealy texture. Add the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder, and pulse to combine. Add the egg and coconut oil and pulse until the mixture has the consistency of large crumbs.
I made the mistake of using my nutribullet - I should have realized it was too small to contain all the ingredients needed to be processed. I pulsed anyway and took the remainder of my ingredients into a large bowl where I worked it all up with my bare hands - this worked just fine. So if you do not have a food processor you can also use this method. So sorry the mixture does not look so appealing in that picture below. I promise it is DELISH!
4. To assemble and bake the bars: Press about half of the crust mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Pour the berry filling onto the crust and spread evenly. Scatter the remaining crust mixture across the top —messy and random, but evenly dispersed. Don’t worry about pressing down; it will bake into the bars very nicely. This is very similar to a crumble pie.
5. Bake until the top crumble is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan. Slice into bars. If wrapped and kept at room temperature, the bars will keep for three- four days. I suggest keeping them in an air tight container and refrigerating them - they will last much longer this way.
Nut & Seed Energy Bar
3. Separately mix together the oil and honey, then pour over the nut/seed mixture, and stir until
everything is evenly coated.
4. Pour into the parchment lined cookie sheet and spread into an even layer with a spatula.
Bake for 15-20 minutes.
5. Remove from oven and let cool for 20 minutes, then lift up gently using the parchment
paper, and place in the fridge for another 20 minutes to harden. Once solid, remove from the
fridge and slice into bars of your desired size (it’s easiest if you use a nice big, sharp knife).
6. To store, wrap them in parchment paper separately (so that they don’t stick together), and
keep in an airtight container.
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