I should really call these “Angie’s Bars.” My gal pal just arrived in Telluride with her son for a visit. We were chatting it up late last night and I offered her one of my homemade Toasted Sunflower-Honey Granola bars. Her reaction was so huge and fabulous, I wish I had it all on video!!! She was in true oatie heaven. Absolutely speechless, and she is never without words……..
Sometimes we need to have the option to grab something clean, healthy and yummy just to get out the door. My daughter starts Kindergarten and my son Pre School in a few weeks, if they are not up in time to have breakfast at the kitchen table then I need to know I have a breakfast prepared. Everyone has to be properly nourished to start their day.
After sleeping for eight or so hours a balanced breakfast is essential. A balanced breakfast helps kick start the metabolism for the day, it helps sustain energy levels, provide focus, and it also tastes great.
In my quest to make the perfect handheld breakfast I am crafting various bars and other recipes (see Stuffed French Toast) that can be eaten on the go. I believe that the majority of our meals should be eaten mindfully at the table with no distractions (TV, reading, etc) other than lively conversation! Mindful eating prevents us from over eating and making the wrong choices, more on that to come…..
These bars are great for hikes, bike rides, pre or post exercise nourishment and Mini-Meals. Basically all kinds of on-the-go activities! Toss one in a lunch box or back pack for quick grab and go energy! They are packed with complex carbs (whole rolled oats,) natural sweetness (maple and honey,) healthy fat and protein (sunflower seeds,) and Omega 3’s (ground flax seed.) Munch away!!
For Crispy Bars
- Following the directions above your granola bars are a “Chewy” texture. They are a bit sticky to the touch, if you want them crispier and not so tacky you will need an additional baking step:
- Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Bake bars for 5 minutes. Let cool to the touch: they fall apart a bit so you will need to re-shape them gently with your fingers. Flip bars carefully and bake the other side for 5 minutes. Again let cool to the touch and re-shape. Any pieces that fall off bars will stick back together with a gentle nudge. Let bars cool completely before you wrap them up!
There are so many ways to flavor Granola bars. I am planning on creating more Granola bar recipes in the next few months.
- I chose Sunflower seeds because of the large amount of the population that is allergic to nuts these days.
- Instead of Sunflower seeds you could put any toasted nut or combination of seeds and nuts. Toasted Pecans, Almonds, Cashews, Peanuts and Walnuts would all be delicious!
- Spice it up! Have fun with seasoning additions: Cardamom, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Nutmeg, etc…..