Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night...
I hope all of you are enjoying your Christmas weekend. I've been busy buying and wrapping gifts, planning our dinner menu and also making homemade gift's for the parents.
Not too long ago, my mom was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. And I wanted to make something that she could enjoy without worrying too much about her insulin levels and of course enjoyed in moderation. I also wanted to make something that is both nutritious and filling. And since my mom works a lot, I wanted it to be a healthy on the go meal for those days when she can't eat breakfast or simply needs a energy boost.
Super tasty and guilt free. Trust me. I had a slice and it was totally filling. My love had some too and he loved them. If my boy gives me the thumbs up, then its a sure winner. These energy bars will be a regular in our house. And I have a feeling my mom will be requesting these quite often.
Energy Bars Courtesy of Suite 101 with my modifications
1 Cup Rolled Oats
1 Cup Puffed Soy or dried TVP (textured vegetable protein) I used TVP
1/2 Cup Raw Sunflower Seeds (I used roasted, unsalted)
1 Cup Sliced Almonds
1 Cup Roasted, Unsalted Peanuts (I added this)
1/2 Cup Wheat Germ
1/2 Cup Wheat Bran (I added this)
2 Tbsp Flax Seeds
1/4 Cup Honey (add a couple of tbsp)
1/4 Cup Fruit Sugar (I used truvia)
1 oz Canola Margarine
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
1/4 Cup Dried Raisins
1/4 Cup Dried Apricots (I used Turkish Apricots), chopped
1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries, chopped
1/4 Cup Goji Berries (I added this)
*You can find most of the ingredients at your local health store or your local grocers.
1. Preheat oven to 350º. Place the oats, textured vegetable protein, sunflower seeds, sliced almonds, wheat germ & bran & flax seeds evenly on a aluminum lined and lightly greased baking pan. Toast in oven for 10 minutes, stirring every 3 minutes.
2. While the ingredients are toasting in the oven, place the honey, truvia, margarine, vanilla extract and salt in a large pan enough to hold all the ingredients including the pan of toasting goodness. Stir until all the ingredients are mixed well and sugar has dissolved. Add the dried fruits and pour in the toasted pan full of goodness and mix well. Reduce the oven temperature to 300º at this time.
3. Pour mixture into a 9x13 lightly greased baking dish and spread out evenly. Take a flat surfaced measuring cup or other tool to press down firmly with all your weight so that the mixture binds together. Place in the oven for 25 minutes. Remove and cool completely before cutting.
You could also add a 1/2 cup of peanut butter or almond butter as well, or whatever you prefer. The addition of different types of dried fruit, coconut or other suitable ingredients would work nicely. Your options are endless. They're great as gift idea's and of course the perfect snack for your family.