03 June, 2010

No Bake Granola Bars


I cannot repeat myself often enough when it comes to a no-added sugar diet. A couple of years ago I would have never thought that this is possible without sacrifice. I am not saying that my diet is 100% sugar free, but on most days I get to at least 90%. It makes me feel so good in two ways. The fact that I changed my diet that way permanently, and the fact that I feel much better without refined sugars and flours in my system.
Now what could make me even happier? Recipes like this one: No Bake automatically reads  Few Dishes To Wash Afterwards!! No Bake also reads  No Need To Watch Stuff In The Oven. No Bake means it's done quickly in the evenings before you settle on the sofa. No Bake means it's easily compatible with other things that need to be done at the same time. All mothers of this planet will know what I am talking about. You want to know what I am doing while I am writing this post? 1. Cook children's lunch 2. Changing, washing and drying bed linen and carpets as my daughter has been throwing up several times since last night 3. Getting ready to see the doctor 4. Having maintenance people in the house to repair water pump and servicing the air-conditioner. 5. Have a bite to eat myself and the upteenth cup of coffee....... Hopefully I get to put on a thick layer of make-up around my eyes before we leave the house to hide those dark circles. Then grab one or two of these nutritious and delicious granola bars and off we go to see the doctor.....Yippie Yay.....

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NO BAKE GRANOLA BARS


1 ripe banana
1/4 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup dried apricots
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup dried dates
1/2 cup toasted almonds

1 cup granola (I used homemade one) OR
1 cup toasted rolled oats 
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
3 tablespoons coconut flakes

Yields about 12 squares/bars
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Blend banana, cherries, apricots, raisins, dates and toasted almonds in a food processor until coarse.
If you don't have granola at hand, mix the oats, coconut and sesame and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes at 150C. Transfer the fruit nut mixture to bowl and stir in the granola.
Press the mixture into a baking pan and keep refrigerated for at least 12 hours to allow flavors to spread. Cut into bars or squares. Keep refrigerated.

6 comments:

  1. These granola bars sound great, and I can't wait to make them for my mom who just hinted that she wants more healthy snacks around. Also, I know what you mean about feeling so much better without relying on sugar. When I cut almost all refined sugar out of my diet, my friends thought I was crazy, but it's nice not to be so addicted anymore and really enjoy "real" food!

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  2. It's amazing that these are no bake and no sugar. These are really healthy and looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. That looks great. I liked how you use banana. My aunt would love that.

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  4. These sound wonderful! I'll have to try them.

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  5. These were great! I made them for my brother and I to snack on during our bike ride. Thanks for the recipe!

    Emilie

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  6. I love granola and I like even more granola bars, I always eat some granola-raisin bars in my breakfast, they are so nutritional and taste kind of good

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