Thursday, October 9, 2008

Snack Bars

Snack Bars. Something quick that you eat on the run. So many of the bars you find in the store are either so hard you feel like your teeth with bread or overly sweet. In my search to find the right bar I decided to try a few recipes. It is so easy to make a bar, you can add lots of healthy items and adapt the ingredients to your favorites.

I made two different bars this morning and it took me less than 1 hour. The first is more of a breakfast bar (recipe from Cooking Light). The main ingredients are 7-grain cereal puffs, wheat germ, applesauce, dried fruit, cinnamon, and egg whites. You mix all the ingredients in the food processor until combined and bake in the oven for around 30 minutes. These bars freeze very well so you can make a large batch and freeze for longer storage.

The other bars are my best bars (adapted from a recipe in Super Natural Cooking by Heidi Swanson). Ingredients include: brown rice crisp, granola, oats, flaxseed meal, assorted nuts, dried fruit, brown rice syrup. Just chop the nuts and fruit, add to other ingredients. Heat syrup then mix well. Place in baking pan and let cool until set. These are delicious!!

Both of these bars are healthy and are great snacks to have on hand when you just need a little something. The bars in the stores will pale in comparison to these fresh, healthy flavors!

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