Last week I spent a few days in Toronto visiting my sister, and it was so great to be back. I love being at the cottage, but I’m a city girl at heart (we move back to Toronto for good in less than 2 weeks!) Don’t get me wrong, the cottage is beautiful & peaceful, but it can be a little isolating during the week.
I took the train into the city, and wanted to pack myself a healthy snack. I’ve been trying to perfect a recipe for healthy granola bars, and I think I’ve finally done it. I love granola bars, but most packaged options are too high in sugar and contain refined soy products & preservatives (yuck). I developed a no-bake recipe that includes kamut puff cereal (pictured above) that I found in the health/organic section at Loblaws (they were only $2.50!).
Khorasan wheat or kamut is a whole grain that has a higher protein content than most grains and is a source of zinc, magnesium & selenium (an antioxidant!). And although it contains gluten, it’s more easily tolerated by those with a gluten sensitivity. You can get kamut cereal, flour (to make bread, waffles or pancakes) or flakes (look similar to oatmeal, but have a nutty flavor & more protein!).
The next time you’re planning to travel, and want a healthy snack, give this recipe a try – it’s high in protein, whole grains & healthy fats – they will keep you satisfied on your journey, and they’re delish!
Healthy No-Bake Granola Bars
1 & ¾ cup rolled oats
1 cup kamut puffs or brown rice crispies (get in health section of your grocery store)
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup hemp seeds or chia seeds
¼ cup raisins
1/8 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ
½ cup honey
½ cup natural peanut butter or almond butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well
In a separate small bowl, combine the wet ingredients
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well until all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
Spread mixture into a pyrex or square baking pan and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes (this will firm up the mixture & make them easier to cut).
Cut into bars (like you would rice crispy squares!), wrap individually & store in a sealed container in the fridge (you can also freeze them to make them last longer).