These are the most delicious granola bars ever! I have spent years tweaking this nutrient dense whole food granola bar (less the oats) that is full of protein (collagen), healthy fats, and loads of fiber. It’s hard to believe they do not contain grains, sugar, or dairy. That means these bars won’t buy you a ticket on the blood sugar rollercoaster and are such a balanced satiating snack in between meals – if you need one! I decided to add collagen to these bars because this protein helps with healthy joints, skin elasticity, bones, muscles, and blood. Three quarters of your skin is made up of collagen and a one third of the protein in your body is collagen. Unfortunately, as we age our existing collagen breaks down, and it gets harder for our body to produce more. A way to minimise this is to boost our own collagen production by consuming collagen-rich foods.
Unlike store bought bars that are full of sugar that dysregulate hunger hormones, these bars will actually calm your hunger hormones and curbs sugary cravings. When you’re on the road popping one of these in your purse will help to satiate and calm your hunger hormones by raising cholecystokinin (CCK). This is due to the healthy fats profile in my bars to include Omega-3 essential fatty acids alpha-linolenic acid (ALA’s), which need to be obtained from our food as our body cannot make them. Also monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats along with saturated fats, which are all included in this bar are incredibly skin-beautifying. These healthy fats support our brain, endocrine (hormone) and cellular functions.
There is loads of fiber in these bars! Hello happy-healthy gut-buddies! Fiber will help to put some weight in your stomach, which tells your brain you’re satiated. Plus fiber feeds your good gut buddies in your microbiota, which we want to proliferate! If they are thriving so are you and vice versa! All of the nuts and seeds provide whole plant based sources of protein plus fiber and healthy fats – BONUS! I also wanted to add in some cacao, which contains the flavonoid epicatechin that has been found to have twice the antioxidants of red wine and up to three times found in green tea! Cacao flavonoids have been used in clinical trials to boost blood flow to key areas of the brain. I have plenty of delicious chocolate bar, fudge and other cacao-containing recipes to make at home, so search them up!
These are always a staple in our home. If I know I will be out for hours I will pop one of these bars in my purse so I know I have a healthy properly balanced snack, if I need one. I can’t wait to see your creations. Don’t forget to tag me if you post up your photo on Instagram so I can find you and repost! @thrivewithpriscilla