These are the most delicious skin-beautifying grain, dairy, sugar free granola bars I have ever made and consumed! I have spent years tweaking this nutrient dense whole food granola bar that is full of healthy fats, plant-protein and fiber. I created this recipe for myself and my clients as a quick emergency snack when you’re busy, or on the go to get you to your next meal.
Store bought bars these days often aren’t the healthiest choice and leave us feeling hungry soon after. When you’re on the road popping one of these out of 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. I rarely go out for a hike, or if I know I will be out for hours without popping one of these beauties in my purse. It is a healthy snack (if you have to have one) that I recommend to clients. Sometimes we will make variations such as adding in additional herbs and spices. In the cooler months I love adding in chai spices, or cinnamon and orange zest (I use the zest from one whole orange) is amazing too! 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