National Granola Bar Day

Granola Bars with oats and nuts on the tableThe United States is a country that is obsessed with food. Now that can be a good thing or bad thing, depending on how you look at it. Today is another day of observing a food item. Yes today is – National Granola Bar Day.

A granola bar includes whole grains, like oats, and quinoa and barley are also used. There are also dried fruits and nuts. To sweeten the bar either honey, molasses, agave nectar or sugar syrup is used. There are a variety of combinations that can add flavor and nutrition.

Making granola bars is a simple task. You mix the ingredients which are then pressed into a baking pan, and later cut into bars.

Granola bars are a go to food, because of seen as a energy bar. The are conveniently carried on hiking trips or biking trails. The bars can be high, but despite that, they are a healthy alternative to a candy bar. Eating a granola bar as a snack is okay, as long as you are active so as to burn the calories.

Outside of the United States granola bars are known by several names, including flapjack, meusli bars and cereal bars.

Here’s our rendition of a all organic, gluten free, paleo approved Granola Bar, and the following is what you will need.

mixed oats, nuts, seeds, raisins, honey and coconut oil, black background, selective focus

2 1/2 cups rolled oats

1cup wheat germ

1cup flax seed, slightly ground

14  cup sunflower seeds, optional to use sesame seeds, or pumpkin seeds

1 cup almonds, sliced, these nuts can also be used cashews, walnuts, peanuts, macadamias or pecans

1cup dry shredded coconut

1 teaspoon Himalayan salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 teaspoons vanilla

1cup honey, optional to use raw honey

4 tablespoons butter

1cup brown sugar

1 cup dried fruit, including cranberries, golden raisins, pineapple, apricots, cherries, papaya, and prunes (optional to use fresh fruit)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.

Combine the oats, wheat germ, flax seeds, sesame seeds and almonds.

NOTE: If you chose to mix in another nut with the almonds, divide the nuts up into 1/2 cup servings, such as 1/2 cup of sliced almonds and 1/2 cup of the nut of your choice.

Spread mixture out evenly over the baking sheet and toast for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden. Stir mixture once or twice, to evenly toast the grains.

NOTE: We slightly ground our flax seeds, as whole flax seeds can not be digested whole, therefore not receiving the benefits of the seed.

In a large bowl combine salt, coconut, cinnamon and dried fruits, and set aside.

In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add the vanilla, honey, butter and brown sugar. Stir continuously, bring mixture to a soft boil.

NOTE: You can use raw honey because of it dense nutritional content, but after baking the bars much of the vitamins, minerals, and enzymes will be destroyed from the high heat, therefore processed organic honey would be okay to use.

When oat mixture is done toasting, transfer to the same bowl with coconut mixture and stir to evenly combine, then add the honey mixture and stir to incorporate.

Line a 9 x 13 inch glass baking dish with waxed paper. Spread the mixture, using the back of a wooden spoon, pressing the mixture out over the waxed  paper evenly to create a smooth, even surface.

Place another piece of waxed paper over the top, pressing down to evenly compact the mixture.

NOTE: Compacting is important so the bars won’t fall apart when cut. You can place a smaller pan within the 9 X 13 inch baking pan to press the mixture out evenly. You can also use a large drinking glass, by rolling it over the wax paper.

Homemade Granola Bars on the tea cup backgroundCool, than refrigerate about 2 hours. Doing so ensures a clean cut. After cutting the baked granola into bars, wrap them in waxed paper and store in a covered container and store in the refrigerator.Ty can even be store in the freezer for up to between 6 to 8 months.

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Fruity and Nutty Oatmeal with a Tweast

Fruity and Nutty Oatmeal with a Tweast

The FASEB Journal reported on  a randomized, controlled, crossover trial with 48 healthy individuals, around 18 years of age. The trail was done with oatmeal and  a ready-to-eat oat-based breakfast cereal (RTEC) in random order at least a week apart.

The results were: The oatmeal suppressed the appetite of the individuals partipating in the controlled trials , and increased fullness, and reduced food intake compared to RTEC.  Food intake at lunch was lower after eating oatmeal compared to RTEC.  The finding were noted that physicochemical properties of oat fiber are important factors affecting fullness and food intake. The study was funded by PepsiCo.

We wanted to share our breakfast with you, and with the information we just shared, you may have guessed it was oatmeal.

We all know from personal experience, oatmeal is filling. It is good for lowering blood cholesterol and controlling glucose levels among other health benefits. Of cource you really only get these benefits as long as the package oats you buy have no additives to them. Like Honey Nut Cherrios does. They make the claim it is good for your heart, but the addition of other chemicals really nullifies the claim.  Note the info graph we have here from the Health News Library

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Whole food is really better for your health. That is how we prepared our Fruity and Nutty Oatmeal with a Tweast.

We used Half and Half for extra creaminess, blueberries, a banana, and the tweast is the sweetness by adding Ginger syrup.

Here is what you need.

ingredients for Fruity and Nutty Oatmeal with a Tweast

1 cup half and half

1 medium banana

1/2 cup blueberries

1/4 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup quick oats

1 to 2 tsp. organic ginger syrup (purchased at Whole Foods Market)

Heat the half and half in a small sauce pan. Add a cut up banana, then the blueberries, followed by the pecans, and oats. Stir together until well incorporated. The cooked oatmeal will be lose. If you desire you can add more oats. Next add the ginger syrup. If you can’t get ginger syrup, replace with real maple syrup.  Spoon into a bowl and serve.

The banana adds potassium, and magnesium to your diet, great for heart health and lowering blood pressure. The blueberries fight against cancer, and premature aging. The ginger aids with digestion.

 

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