Sometimes being supportive of someone you love is easier said than done. If someone in your family decides to go on a “health streak”, you of course support the idea and want them to be successful, but at the same time, it can be hard to adapt to the change in lifestyle that is required. For one, it means making different foods to suit that person’s preferences. It also means sometimes feeling like there’s something wrong with you for eating your normal breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, even when you know there isn’t.
Don’t get me wrong, I have my “health nut” tendencies too. But I’m more of an all-things-in-moderation kind of person. I eat my fruits and my veggies and rarely eat out, and I do care a lot about what I put in my body. However, I also love my breakfast treats and my chocolate chip cookie desserts and I’m not about to change that because, frankly, they make me happy.
I’m all for trying to make healthy taste good though, and since granola bars had been on my mind recently, I decided to make my own, ultra-healthy granola bars. What I like about them is that I can honestly say with 100% confidence that they are totally healthy, not just healthy in one respect. I also like that the ingredients are natural and familiar. Often I see really healthy recipes with half of the ingredients being things I’ve never heard of, and while there’s nothing wrong with that, I never end up using those recipes. These bars, though, are chock full of ingredients you should know about and be able to find easily if you don’t have them already. Plus, you can always make a tweak to them if you just don’t have one of the ingredients available.
If you do decide to try these bars out for yourself, I want to level with you first. They aren’t very sweet, like many granola bars are. They taste like fruit, nuts, and grains, because that’s pretty much all that’s in them. That being said, they’re perfect for a truly nutritious and satisfying on-the-go snack.
All Things Healthy Bars
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All Things Healthy Bars
100% healthy and nutritious granola bars packed with a variety of nuts, grains, seeds, and fruits.
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 20 bars 1x
- 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup dried pearl barley, ground to a fine consistency
- 1/2 cup wheat bran
- 1/2 cup wheat germ
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 1/2 cup walnuts, crushed
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup chopped prunes
- 1/2 cup chopped figs (about 4)
- 1/4 cup chopped apple (about 1 small)
- 1/2 cup blended orange juice (about 1 orange, blended with zest of half)
- 2 cups ripe banana, blended (about 4 bananas)
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Add the prunes, figs, and apple and stir.
- Combine the blended orange plus zest, bananas, and almond extract and whip together. Pour into the dry mixture, and mix until thoroughly incorporated.
- Line a 9 x 13 inch glass baking dish with parchment paper, leaving enough on the sides so that you can use the paper to lift the bars out when they’re done baking. Pour the mixture into the dish, spreading to all corners, and use the back of a spatula to press it down firmly. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, making sure that a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool before slicing and removing from baking dish.