Thursday, June 26, 2014

Homemade No Bake Cereal Bars

The summer long weekend of July 4 is just around the corner. The weather is beautiful and we all have already made big plans to celebrate outdoors in parks, picnic or hikes. I love outdoors. One of the things I look forward to is the summer picnic foods. Putting together a tasty and beautiful picnic basket is so much fun. 

Outdoors is fun but exhausting so we need good food that gives us energy. Cereal or granola bars are great. Most of the store bought bars are loaded with corn syrup. So I like to make my own. I know what goes in and I control the ingredients and quantity. And once you make these at home, you will realize how easy are they to make and save ahead of time. The vantage of homemade cereal or granola bars is that you get to experiment with your favorite ingredients. Throw in your choice of nuts, dried fruit, chocolate and sweeteners. No artificial flavors here...Just the real deal.

The base of of my bars is dates...naturally sweet and a powerful food. 

  • high in dietary fiber to reduce bad cholesterol (LDL), 
  • high in iron to balance hemoglobin in RBC to regulate oxygen in blood,
  • high in potassium to regulate heart rate and blood pressure,
  • high in vitamin A, B, K

Eating dates in moderation can contribute to many health benefits, such as protecting against damage to cells from free radicals, helping preventing a stroke, coronary heart disease and the development of colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers.

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup high protein cereal
**beware of high sugar cereal (I used Kashi Go lean Crunch. Processed in food processor)
1/4 cup organic almond butter/peanut butter
1/2 cup pitted dates
1/4 cup honey/agave
1/4 cup dried fruit
1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup almonds
  • Prepare a 8 by 8 small tray or pan by lining with plastic wrap or parchment paper.
  • In a food processor, process dates for few minutes to get a dough like consistency.
  • In a pan over low heat, warm honey and nut butter. Stir continuously so they mix well. Remove from heat.
  • In the pan above, add all the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  • Transfer the mixture in the small tray and press firmly to set evenly.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit in the fridge for 20-30 min to harden.
  • When done, cut and wrap individual bars in clear wrap and they are good to go.
Lets see if you can resist to save it for the next day ;-) But do save. Portion size matters for healthy food too!


Navaneetham Krishnan said...

healthy and with no bake, I'm gonna jump into the recipe.

Sony P said...

Super healthy and crunchy bar!

Linsy Patel said...

Always in for healthy treats, looks delicious.

nandoos Kitchen said...

healthy, crunchy bars.

Beena.stephy said...

Healthy delicious bars . love it

sangeetha pn said...

delicious n healthy this looks! :)

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