In pursuit of becoming the healthiest we can be as a family, Rich and I are becoming experts on nutrition! Well, not totally, but Rich has lost 4 lbs. in 4 days. He's 10 lbs. down from his weight 3 weeks ago.
The best part is that he is feeling SO much better. His daily headaches are just about gone. He has more energy. He seems happier. I am happier. And we're setting a good example for our boys.
This breakfast bar may not please everyone's taste, but they are SO good for you and packed with protein and energy for the day. They may not be sweet enough for some (I will add a note on how you can add some sweetness and not add a lot of calories), but I love the chewy texture and natural goodness. I also like the hint of banana and cinnamon with the maple flavor. A great start to the day!
1-1/2 c. oats
1/2 c. all natural peanut butter (I love Parker's brand below)
1/2 c. raw almonds
1 small banana, mashed
2 T. flax seed
4 T. pure maple syrup (can substitute with honey)
2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
2 t. vanilla extract
1 t. almond extract
pinch of salt
**If you desire a bit of a sweeter bar, add in dried fruits (apricots, cranberries, raisins) or 4 T. brown sugar. Or you could even add some dark chocolate chunks.
In a food processor, pulse all of the ingriedents until well mixed, stirring in between pulses. I like to leave some of the almond chunks visible so I can pick them out for Henry! Cover an 8x8 pan with aluminum foil and press bars into pan with the back of a spoon. Cover tightly and freeze for about an hour. Cut into 16 bars.
Per serving (1 bar)
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