The last few weeks for me have been go, go, go and I mean that in the best way possible but aspects of me do suffer a lot when I don't manage my pace and food intake. So over the last few weeks I have been letting my nutrition slipping ever so quietly through my fingers and along with that comes it's own set of problems, like a very angry gut (lack of gut health and balance in my diet), zero energy (due to late nights and early mornings), which means no gym/exercise and the old fashioned, flu-which came at the worst possible time. Usually when this happens, I have to press 'reset' on my body and start from scratch, so I decided to load up on fresh ingredients to make fresh homemade juices and quick on the go snacks, cue this no bake granola bar!
I really dislike buying snacks at the store when i'm hungry so instead I make my own and wrap them in parchment paper making it easy for travel, and keep them with me. These bars are seriously so easy to make and they keep for very long as well (air tight container, in the fridge for at least 1 1/2 weeks).If you know you're about to have a busy week, spend 30-40 minutes making these and your "eating out' costs will drop, and most likely aid to reducing your waistline (if that's your goal, but also they're so healthy).
Recipe: homemade granola bars
1/ 2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup honey
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup rice puff cereal
2 tbsp. sesame seeds
1 tbsp. chopped dried cranberries
2 tbsp. chopped almonds
1 tsp. pumpkin seeds
1/2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp. chia seeds
Combine all your dry ingredients in a bowl, and mix well.
Then in a small pot, melt your coconut oil, honey and almond butter until it reaches a runny consistency.
Line a square baking dish with baking paper and set aside.
Mix the dry and wet ingredients together well, and press into the prepared baking tin and refrigerate for about 30-45 min.
Cut into rectangular bars and keep in air tight container in the fridge which makes them fresh and ready to eat whenever you feel like a snack.