“Let your food be your medicine and let your medicine be your food” – Hippocrates
What could be better than a chock full of grains, nuts, seeds, fruits and natural sweeteners for a Nutcracker or simply holiday “busy” time pick me up than a recipe for power bars/granola! Okay, maybe there are better things, lots of better things, but when it comes to food and it’s fueling “pick me up power” dancehealthier rates this an A+!
What’s great about this recipe is that is very adaptable. You can omit the nuts or dried fruit, or eggs (for a vegan option), or even add some chocolate morsels for a sweetened touch! Give it a try and let dancehealthier and others know what you think.
First thing’s first: Ingredients
6 cups old fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
1¼ cups chopped nuts, such as raw almonds, pistachios, walnuts, pecans or a combination (optional)
¼ cup raw hulled pumpkin seeds (pepitas) or sunflower seeds
¼ cup ground flaxseed or toasted wheat germ, or a combination
¾ cup ground cinnamon
3 large egg whiles
¾ teaspoon coarse salt
¾ cup sweetener, such as honey, agave, or unsulfured molasses
¼ cup of extra-virgin olive oil
1¼ cup coarsely dried fruit, such as sour cherries, cranberries, currants, raisins, apricots, figs, or pineapple
Now for the Cooking: Easy Easy
- Preheat oven to 350 deg F. In a bowl, combine oats, nuts (if using,) pumpkin seeds, flaxseed, and cinnamon. In another bowl, whisk together egg whites and salt until frothy. Add honey and oil, and whisk to combine. Stir into oat mixture until combined.
- Spread mixture in even layers on two rimmed baking sheets. Bake for 20 minutes; remove from oven, and use a spatula to gently flip and move bar slightly away from outer edges. Return to oven, and continue to cook until golden brown, about 10 minutes more. Cool completely on sheets and add in dried fruit and chocolate if desired. This recipe works best as granola but could also be used as a bar if desired (may just have to indulge a bit more on the honey/agave, or sweetener agent).
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