Let's talk chocolate bars. I know, not a good way to start a healthy looking post, is it? But who doesn't like chocolate bars? Well, chocolate bars are pretty much what you're getting when you eat a harmless-looking, commercially made granola bar. Usually (but not always), there is a ridiculous amount of sugar and lots of crazy, unpronounceable ingredients.
So, give these a try.
It's kinda like making Rice Crispie squares...but a whole lot healthier!
Note: After I make these, I usually wrap them in plastic wrap and leave them in a basket on the counter for everyone to grab. You could also just keep them in a covered container or you could freeze them and grab them from the freezer as you leave for school or work!
1/2 c sunflower seeds *
1/4 c sesame seeds *
1/2 c pumpkin seeds *
1/2 c flax seeds (if they are whole, grind in a coffee grinder to break the husk and get all the goodness out of the seeds)
1/2 c wheat germ *
1/2 c chocolate chips (or sub in same amount chopped dates or other dried fruit)
1/2 c grated coconut (optional)
1 c rolled oats
7 cups cereal (use healthy stuff...I usually use whole grain Rice Crispies, but today I used Vector)
1 1/2 c honey (or agave nectar)
2 c natural peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1 c skim milk powder (in increase the protein)
1/2 c protein powder
1 tsp vanilla
* make sure you have just over 2 cups of seeds so you can mix these up to suit your preference or use up what you have in your kitchen!
1. In a large bowl, mix the seeds, chocolate chips coconut (if using), oats and cereal (first nine ingredients); mix together and set aside.