Granola Seed Bars; a Wonderfully Healthy Holiday Gift

My apologies for leaving you all hanging for over a week!  Things have been a bit busy.  With traveling to Detroit for Thanksgiving, then getting my family’s homemade gifts ready for Chanukah, and then hanging out in NY for a weekend…its just been a bit chaotic.

So this year, I decided to make the majority of my gifts.  It’s a great way to show your love and thought.  It was very important to me to make sure these tasted AMAZING, since I was giving them as gifts and all.  They’re not too sweet, but sweet enough that they don’t taste like cardboard.  The seeds give it a bit of a crunch, and a different flavor from your typical almond or nut based bar.  Everyone loved them, so that’s a great sign! granolaseed3

Granola Seed Bars
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Serves: 20
 
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1½ cup oats
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg white, (~3 tbsp liquid egg white)
  • ½ cup grapeseed oil
  • ½ cup agave nectar
  • ½ cup 100% maple syrup
  • 1½ tsp 100% pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup hemp hearts
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 350F
  2. Grease a 9x11 baking pan
  3. In a large mixing bowl, toss dry ingredients; flour, oats, salt, and baking soda
  4. In another mixing bowl whisk wet ingredients; egg white, grapeseed oil, agave, maple syrup, and vanilla
  5. Fold wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until a smooth batter is formed
  6. Add in pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp hearts, and chia seeds. Fold until all add-ins are evenly distributed in the batter
Notes
*potassium: 46mg

Nutritional information is based off of 20 servings of evenly cut squares. Less servings and larger portions will alter nutritional information.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 square Calories: 165 Fat: 9.3g Saturated fat: 0.9g Unsaturated fat: 7.3g Trans fat: 0.0g Carbohydrates: 18.1g Sugar: 6.2g Sodium: 58.4mg Fiber: 3.0g Protein: 3.9g Cholesterol: 0.0g

 

Be sure to allow bars to cool for about 1 hour before slicing and wrapping.  Allowing them to cool will ensure that that keep they’re shape and don’t crumble apart. granolaseed1

After cooling and slicing, into the most even 20 squares as I could manage, I wrapped them individually in plastic wrap.  I then placed 3 squares in a goodie bag with a twisty tie.  There you go, an adorably edible gift! granolaseed4

In addition to the granola seed bars, I also made some simple chocolate bark.  I used 3 combinations; milk chocolate with pretzel bits, white chocolate with pumpkin seeds and craisins, and dark chocolate with almonds.  Super easy to make.  All you have to do is melt down the chocolate of your choice.  I used a microwave and stirred the chocolate every 15-30 seconds.  Pour melted chocolate onto a cookie sheet covered in wax paper.  Add your desired toppings, and freeze for about 1 hour, or until chocolate has settled and is easily removed from the wax paper.  Break up the chocolate into pieces, and place in a small goodie bag. chocolatebark

I also included homemade jam into my edible goodie baskets this year, but I will post the recipe for the jam a bit later this week.

I hope you are all enjoying your holiday season so far, and I hope I’ve inspired some of you to check out my healthy, yet delicious, granola seed recipe!

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Note: The chocolate bark got 5 stars 🙂

 

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