These babies may look a bit dodgy but they are nothing short of being the most nutritious snacks EVER ! And tasty too!
A lot of different types of granola bars and other healthy snack bars are available in stores now, but I wanted to make something at home where I can add specific ingredients of my choice, control the amount of oil and fats, and also add specific ingredients that are great substitutes of non-veg omega3 sources like flaxseeds and walnuts. I finally got around to finding a few recipes online, I tweeked them and came up with my own version that I am happy with.
Vegetarians require a good amount of omega 3 fats – enough to balance their omega 6 intake which are present in many food items. There are very few good sources of omega 3 fats for vegeterians – walnuts and flaxseeds being the only two that are rich in omega3.
So i wanted to use a good dose of both these in my snack bar 🙂 They ended up looking like brownies (as hubby dear described) and you feel like you are indulging a bit which is always a treat when you are practicing conscious eating. To top that, you feel absolutely no guilt whatsoever for eating this baby. What a fantastic combination!
For the last 4 days, I have been devouring these with a glass of soy milk for my afternoon snack ! 🙂 These fill me up nicely till dinner time!
So what’s so great about these snack bars:
1) Super nutritious -all ingredients except salt and soda – belong to the superfoods category! Superfoods are special foods like walnuts, seeds, oats, peanuts that are packed with high amounts of nutrients and anti-oxidants. Now that’s awesome!
2) A superb source of fiber, will help with digestion and also help with constipation – Oats, Flaxseeds, Walnuts – all great sources of fiber
3) Contains Cocoa – Apart from being a superfood for having a great amount of flavonoids that act as anti-oxidants and help with blood pressure and lowering cholesterol, Cocoa tastes great, and makes you feel good and happy!
4) They taste great. They make you indulge. They fill you up. They make you feel great.
I am not writing any more reasons! Period.
List of Ingredients
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup fortified fine-milled oats (I used ReadyBrek)
1 cup mixed milled mixture of 45% flaxseeds, 20% sunflower, 20% sesame seeds and 15% goji berries
1/2 cup medium fine chopped walnuts
1/2 cup chopped dried fruits – blueberries, cranberries & ready to eat raisins
1/4 cup 100% unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup to 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
2 tbsp of canola or olive oil (I used olive oil as I did hot have canola oil)
1/4 cup unsweetened natural orange juice
1/4 cup soy milk (as required)
1 tsp peanut butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1. Preheat oven at 200C for 10 minutes. Set a greased 8 by 8 tin or 8 by 10 baking tray ready.
3. In another bowl, mix well all the other dry ingredients including nuts and dried fruits and except the soy milk. Pour the dry ingredients in the wet ingredients and mix well to a thick sticky paste. If it too thick, you can a little or upto 1/4 cup soy milk in order to make a wet thick sticky batter.
4. Pour the batter into the greased baking tray. Bake at 180C for 20-25 minutes until brown at the edges and cooked.
5. Turn the tray over and remove onto a wired rack to cool.
6. When completely cool, transfer the slab onto a cutting board and cut into 8 to 12 pieces. You can dip the knife (best use a big knife) into warm water before cutting. You can make squares or rectangle bars.
7. Enjoy! 🙂 These can be stored in an air-tight container in the fridge for 3 days. I wrapped half of these with cling film, placed it in a freezer snap bag and chucked it into the freezer. Will store for a month in the freezer. I hand one to hubby directly from the freezer each morning, so it would be nicely thawed and ready to eat by afternoon snack time 🙂