Granola bars are considered to be a very healthy food choice, which has led to the emergence of numerous granola bar brands that have flooded the market since “organic bars moved from the gym bag to the handbag and desk drawer” and are now consumed on a daily basis “to supplement…regular eating habits” or to serve as “a breakfast on the go or entire meal.” (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 2013)   In fact, the popularity and demand for “snack, cereal and nutrition bars with an ever-expanding array of flavours and healthy varieties” are growing with each day. However, a lot of them are actually the opposite of healthy snacks and are filled with sugar and various unhealthy additives making them ‘enemies’ to our health.

Granola bars, usually mixed with nuts, fruit and other ingredients, are an extremely popular breakfast and snack food offering many health benefits. Some of these include their ability to regulate digestion, aid in weight loss, lower cholesterol, prevent anemia, improve heart health, and promote proper organ function. In addition, the consumption of granola bars is also associated with increased cognitive activity, improvement of skin quality, lower blood pressure, stimulation of new tissue and hormonal growth, stronger bones, management of diabetes, and even cancer prevention. Moreover, granola bars offer everything that people with busy lifestyles need – they are small, napkin-free, portable, highly nutritious, energy-boosting snacks that are light-weight yet filling.

How-to-Make-Your-Own-Healthy-Granola-Bars- Recipe

Granola bars are considered to be a very healthy food choice, which has led to the emergence of numerous granola bar brands that have flooded the market since “organic bars moved from the gym bag to the handbag and desk drawer” and are now consumed on a daily basis “to supplement…regular eating habits” or to serve as “a breakfast on the go or entire meal.” (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 2013)   In fact, the popularity and demand for “snack, cereal and nutrition bars with an ever-expanding array of flavours and healthy varieties” are growing with each day. However, a lot of them are actually the opposite of healthy snacks and are filled with sugar and various unhealthy additives making them ‘enemies’ to our health.

Granola bars, usually mixed with nuts, fruit and other ingredients, are an extremely popular breakfast and snack food offering many health benefits. Some of these include their ability to regulate digestion, aid in weight loss, lower cholesterol, prevent anemia, improve heart health, and promote proper organ function. In addition, the consumption of granola bars is also associated with increased cognitive activity, improvement of skin quality, lower blood pressure, stimulation of new tissue and hormonal growth, stronger bones, management of diabetes, and even cancer prevention. Moreover, granola bars offer everything that people with busy lifestyles need – they are small, napkin-free, portable, highly nutritious, energy-boosting snacks that are light-weight yet filling.

In spite of their convenience and the numerous health benefits that granola bars are said to have, many of them are quite the opposite of healthy. If you read through the nutrition label and list of ingredients, you will find out that many bars are packed with sugar, additives, and carbohydrates, which provide the body with an initial burst of energy but very soon leave it drained and crashed. That is why, the best thing to do is to prepare your own homemade granola bars. Thus, you will be certain of the ingredients contained in them and will be able to make more nutritious snacks as well as cater your granola bars to your liking.

Here’s a great recipe for delicious and healthy homemade granola bars.

Crispy Oat Granola Bars

Ingredients needed:

    • 1 cup of oat flakes;
    • 1 tablespoon of raisins;
    • 2 teaspoons of shredded coconut;
    • 2 tablespoons of honey;
    • 1 tablespoon of roasted peanuts;
    • the zest of a tangerine;
    • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon;
    • ½ a teaspoon of anise seeds;
    • a pinch of sea salt;
    • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil

Preparation:

First, pour the sesame oil into a small saucepan and warm over low heat for a few minutes. Next, add the oat flakes, cinnamon powder and shredded coconut. Mix the ingredients together for about 15 minutes until the oil has absorbed completely and the ingredients look crispy. Add the roasted peanuts, anise seeds, raisins and sea salt. Mix again, using a wooden spoon and remove from heat for a few minutes. Afterwards, add the honey and tangerine zest, and turn off the heat.

Continue to stir the mixture making sure that the honey has blended well with the rest of the ingredients. Finally, pour the resulting mixture into a baking sheet and press it well until it becomes a compact mass. Place it in the fridge and allow it to cool down and harden.

Once it hardens, cut it into whatever shape and size you want. Store your granola bars in the fridge and take one whenever you want. Keep them in the fridge so that they stay compact.

Experiment with Other Ingredients and Flavours

The process of making your own granola bars is very simple, so, by following the above instructions you can experiment with various ingredients and flavours. By adding fresh fruit to your bar,s you will give them a natural flavoring and sweetness, while ingredients such as peanut butter and sliced nuts will add protein and healthy fats.

Here’s a list of ingredients you can include in your recipes:

  • Almonds;
  • Corn flakes;
  • Puffed rice;
  • Cooked wheat;
  • Amaranth seeds;
  • Chocolate crumbs;
  • Walnuts;
  • Pieces of fruit;
  • Crushed biscuits;
  • Flaxseed;
  • Sunflower seeds.

As you can see, there are plenty combinations you can try and you don’t have to use many ingredients but just a few, depending on your own preference. Now, you can prepare your own healthy and 100% natural granola bars that will serve as an excellent choice for breakfast and snacks.

These healthy bars are great for the whole family, not just for the adults but for the young ones too. Therefore you can prepare them for your children as healthy snacks for school. Don’t wait any longer, make your own healthy snacks right away!

Source:http://www.fitfoodhouse.net

 

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Granola bars are considered to be a very healthy food choice, which has led to the emergence of numerous granola bar brands that have flooded the market since “organic bars moved from the gym bag to the handbag and desk drawer” and are now consumed on a daily basis...