Healthy Granola Bars! (Is that an oxymoron?) Not with these!

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Eat some healthy granola bars

served to you by MacKenzie’s Table‘s MacKenzie!

There is more and more evidence that eating right is the key to emotional healing. Much of our emotional issues are now known to be caused by inflammation. Eating whole foods, including lots of fruits and vegetables, are the best way to decrease inflammation. Why leave something that is so key to helping heal depression, anxiety, PTSD, irritability and chronic pain on the table?

Put it in your mouth instead!

Here’s the healthy granola bar recipe.

**See below the video why we chose these very special ingredients.

Dry Ingredients:

2 cups puffed rice cereal
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
1/2 cup roughly chopped almonds
3/4 cup roughly chopped cashews
1/2 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1/4 cup flax seeds
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Wet Ingredients:
1/4 cup coconut oil
4 dates, pitted and chopped
1/4 cup brown rice syrup
1/4 cup maple syrup

Mix all dry ingredients (besides choc chips) into a large bowl.

Heat wet ingredients in a small pot on medium heat for 5 minutes, or until thick.

Mix together with dry ingredients and leave until cool. Mix in chocolate chips and pour into parchment paper lined pan as showed. Put in freezer 1 hour or overnight in fridge. Take out and cut into bars!

Store in fridge or freezer to keep from crumbling. (Without sugar to harden and hold them together, they can get soft in room temperature.)

Healthy Granola Bars – From MacKenzie’s Table

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Problems with Store Granola Bars

There are usually just oats and sugar in there, which is “better than a candy” says MacKenzie, but still not much nutritional value. In these healthier granola bars, the ingredients contain loads of vitamins and minerals, good proteins and fats that give real value to the body.

Make them for someone you LOVE! My daughter loved them and immediately wanted to make some more at home!

Here are some of our favorites. And why you ought to be using them.

What is coconut oil good for?

“Well, this wonder oil benefits in skincare, hair care, weight loss, treating yeast infections, improving digestion and increasing immunity against a host of infections and diseases.” (from organicfacts.com)

What’s so good about figs?

“Figs The health benefits of figs come from the presence of minerals, vitamins, and fiber contained in the fruits. They contain a wealth of beneficial nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, calcium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, sodium, potassium, and chlorine.” (from organicfacts.com)

What’s the skinny on almonds?

Good for the brain, lungs, skin, hair, bones and heart- kind of important stuff here. “Almond is a highly nutritional nut and a rich source of vitamin E, calcium, phosphorous, iron, and magnesium. It also contains zinc, selenium, copper, and niacin. Compared to all other nuts, they are richer in nutrients and beneficial components.” (from organicfacts.com)

Why are chia seeds a superfood?

“Chia seeds impart many health benefits, some of which include controlling diabetes, lowering cholesterol levels, improving the digestive system, boosting heart health, controlling hypertension, and they even contain anti-inflammatory properties.” (from organicfacts.com )

Why I drink maple syrup coffee:

Loads of antioxidants to get rid of free radicals in the body. Improve immune system and are good for the heart. “In terms of minerals, it contains calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and zinc. Vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and B6 are also found in maple syrup.” (from organicfacts.com)

Cinnamon is the bees knees:

It “offers a wide range of health benefits, including its ability to aid in weight loss, regulate blood sugar, lower cholesterol levels, prevent chronic disease, improve digestion, strengthen the immune system, and boost cognitive function, among others.” (from organicfacts.com)

Kid tested. Mother approved!

Ready to try these healthy granola bars? 

 


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