So im a student many of you know that and im constantly on the go like most people as well,
being a student and working causes me not able to be home during times i would normally eat and ill need snacks and pick me ups through the day
Im also vegan so finding vegan organic non gmo snacks on a student budget are pretty hard and few to come by they dont often go on sale and i used to buy Nature paths pumpkin seed granola bars they are costly though at like 5$ for a box of 5 kinda idea.
So i said eh i should make my own
and i did i found a recipe i liked and i fixed it up a bit
You WILL need a food processor for this recipe, you can’t do it without one because of the dates and you cant not use dates in this recipe as they are the binder.
So im sorry if you cant make them.
YOU MUST USE, organic, non gmo, RAW ingredients if you don’t than you might as well buy a box of great value chocolate chip garnola bars from walmart, the reason this recipe is healthy is because ALL ingredients in it are consider raw or natural meaning they are NOT altered with roasting or sugar or salt, this is essentially important with the seeds and the cranberries , like especially the cranberries
Im not going to write raw organic , non gmo ect ect for every ingredient so just know that’s what it is when i say it.
Alrighty. off to the show!
3/4 cup medjool dates (i chop them first)
1 cup water
3/4 cup rolled oats (you ground these into flour)
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup cranberries
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground pink himalyan sea salt. (you can use regular sea salt do not use iodine salt you shouldnt be eating that)
preheat to 325F line your baking pan with parchment paper
add you oats to your food processor and grind until fine put into a mixing a bowl
soak your dates in the food processor with 1 cup water for 30 minutes (if you have a good food processor you can skip the soaking IE: kitchen aid brand)
blend until smooth (should look like a running peanutbutter color /texture)
Add all the ingredients into the bowl and mix together
put onto the baking pan and smooth out until about 1 inch you can wet your hands to smooth the mixture , they arent going to be perfect squares they never will
I PRE CUT mine, you do not have too they wont break because they are chewy in texture.
Bake for 23-25 minutes and let cool for about 10
You can indeed freeze these for later use /freshness
these are about 133 calories per “bar” give or take depends how you cut them.
they do have a whopping 5 Grams of protein per “bar”
101 mg of potassium
5g of fiber
These are definitely great for you considering they are about 100 and some calories lighter than the “health granola bars” and have more fiber and a good source of protein for a snack too