By Anjali Dua, RD. CDE.
We always buy these bars from local stores which are very convenient and easy to grab on the go. Especially as I balance work and home and a baby!! These are best for snack time. But are they healthy? I am not so sure how are they made, and what are these ingredients which are so hard to pronounce?
Last month on the the occasion of Diwali, I have committed myself to healthy eating and the first thing I wanted to make is a healthy bar. After just few searches on the google, I found this recipe on my Instagram feed. I love this feed: delicioushealthyvideos and they listed easy ingredients to make a healthy bar using natural sugar sources. This energy bar has all natural and healthy ingredients. But I am going to warn you, they are delish so the only thing to keep in mind is, how not to eat more than one .. err.. ok, two. But that’s the max. The right portion is one or two bars are enough for a day. This energy bar is really easy and quick to make at home, and is packed with proteins, good fat and many nutrients.
This recipe makes 10 bars.
1 cup oats
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup almonds
1/2 cup buckwheat groats
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup dried apricots
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup water
- Preheat oven to 180°C.
- Line a large baking tray with grease proof paper. Spread out the oats, pumpkin seeds and almonds evenly on the tray, then roast for 10 minutes in the preheated oven.
- Meanwhile, blend the apricots, maple syrup and water together until smooth, then transfer to a mixing bowl. Next, add the buckwheat groats, raisins and cranberries to the mixing bowl.
- Remove the baking tray from the oven and leave to cool, but make sure the oven remains switched on. Once cool, transfer the roasted oats, pumpkin seeds, and almonds to the large mixing bowl.
- Line an 8” x 8” square cake tin with grease proof paper before transferring the mixture into the tin. Smooth over the top using a piece of grease proof paper, pushing down to make sure the mixture is compact. It’s important you press down as firmly as possible to ensure the mixture is compact, which will prevent the mixture falling apart when you slice them into bars.
- Place the cake tin in the oven for 20 minutes.
- Remove the cake tin from the oven and leave the energy bars to cool completely.
- Take the energy mix out of the cake tin and slice into 10 energy bars.
- Wrap them individually until they are ready to eat.
This recipe is prepared by Anjali Dua, Registered Dietitian, and Certified Diabetes Educator. Anjali is currently taking queries on nutrition and diet-related concerns. You can reach her at email@example.com. Original Recipe Source – delicioushealthyvideos