Three Seed Breakfast Bars

Happy Tuesday! Let’s say I may still be struggling after an awesome weekend at my old stomping grounds, Kent State! It was homecoming!! Such a blast from the past! I enjoyed every minute!

I came home early Sunday afternoon and started preparing right away for the week! Stocked up at the grocery store, baked some pumpkin carrot cake (just because I am obsessed with pumpkin), and made a delicious grab and go granola bar that is healthy.  A granola bar that you can pronounce all the ingredients, it has zero chemicals, zero preservatives, and is really yummy!

Let’s take a look at  two popular granola bars that you can buy at the grocery store, shall we?

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Check out those ingredients.  Remember, ingredients are listed in descending order by weight. The first ingredient listed is present in the largest amount. What do you think? I see sugar, corn syrup, different types of oil, partially hydrogenated oil and a few extra things that I do not know what they are, EW! This is only two types of granola bars, there are TONS of options. Some may be better and some are way worse.  Granola bars that you buy in a grocery store are not only expensive but simply just not good for us! We are not getting a lot of bang for our ‘healthy’ buck! And what I mean by that is you’re not getting a lot of dense nutrients.

The message here is stay clear of what I call “Fake Health Foods”, make your own at home that taste better and fresher. And, this recipe, for my five seed granola bars, is very adaptable! It’s as easy to make as rice crispy treats! I bought all my ingredients at Giant Eagle Market District, they have an AMAZING bulk section.  So, I was able to buy foods that are often expensive at very low costs, and in the exact amount I needed them in.  So I would recommend finding a grocery store that has a bulk section, check out Whole Foods!

Three Seed Breakfast Bars

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  • 1 1/4 C old fashion rolled oats
  • 1/3 C raw unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 C Raw Pumpkin Seeds (Green Pepitas)
  • 2 Tbsp Flaxseeds
  • 2 C Whole Wheat puffed Cereal (or regular, whatever you can find!)
  • 1/2 C Chopped dried apricots
  • 1/3 C Dried Blueberries
  • 1/4 Almond Butter (I used freshly ground)
  • 3 Tbsp organic honey
  • 3 Tbsp organic brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray 8 inch square baking pan with non-stick spray
  2. Spread oats, sunflower seeds, pepitas, and flax seeds on a rimmed baking pan.  Bake, at 4 min, shake pan to mix, continue baking another 4 min OR until flagrant and lightly toasted. Transfer to a mixing bowl.  add cereal, apricots, and blueberries; toss to combine
  3. Combine almond butter, brown sugar, honey, vanilla, salt in a small sauce pan.  Set over medium-low heat and cook, stirring frequently, until mixture bubbles around edges.  Pour almond butter mixture over cereal/seed mixture and stir until combined.  Then pour into your ready pan.  Coat hands with non-stick spray and press mixture down firmly to make an even layer.
  4. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.  Cut into 12 bars.

Recipe adapted from Weight Watchers 

I suggest you make these for your friends and family…today!  Yes, these may have sugar in them, however, you control how much, these are so adaptable! Unlike the bars you buy in the stores, you know exactly what your feeding yourself or loved ones! Eat these along with a piece of fruit and some coffee, your breakfast is set!

Enjoy!!

Tropical Yogurt Bites

tropical bitesLately, I love yogurt. Like a lot.  It’s a breakfast/snack/lunch staple in this house.  So I got to thinking…It can also be a delicious dessert.  After dinner…or before, I most often crave something sweet, just a taste.  I always end up in the kitchen hunting for something to snack on.  So I of course got to work.  And here is what I came up with! Tropical Yogurt Bites!! Protein packed with a touch of sweetness and crunch.

Now, this has to be the most versatile snack/dessert of all time.  Honestly, you could make these yogurt bites with just about anything you would like. Any fresh/frozen fruit…nuts…chocolate… any kind of yogurt! I personally like to use Chobani Greek yogurt.  Its PACKED with protein and has awesome flavors.  I am already thinking about my next creation…white chocolate raspberry yogurt bites! But first, let’s discuss these guys.  They are a great grab and go healthy snack OR a nice little “Ice Cream” dessert without all the added fat, calories, and  sugar. My kinda snack!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Peach Greek yogurt (I always use Chobani, my favorite!)
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh or Canned pineapple in their own juice
  • 1/3 Cup Chopped Raw Almonds
  • 1/4 Heaping Cup Dark Chocolate Chips

Directions:

  1. Chop almonds and pineapple.
  2. In large bowl, Mix all ingredients together.
  3. Spoon mixture into ice-cube trays OR spread in a freezer safe pan for yogurt bars (YOUR CHOICE) 🙂
  4. Freeze, relax, enjoy!
  5. Once frozen, I always empty ice-cube tray into freezer bag.

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There you have it, a guilt free healthy dessert OR snack! It doesn’t get any easier than that! Now, let’s get creative!!

What is your favorite ‘guilt’ free dessert OR snack? 
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Dark Chocolate Quinoa Trail Mix Balls

Hi ALL! How is everyone today?

In Pittsburgh…We were totally spoiled in the month of March.  80 degree weather, flip-flops, and windows down.  Well…it’s April now and I had to scrape my car this morning! Not a happy camper.  To make my morning a little brighter, I had a piping hot cup of coffee from my favorite coffee shop AND a Dark Chocolate Quinoa Trail Mix Ball.  Oh such a treat.

After stumbling upon this recipe on my all time favorite food blog Eat,Live, Run, I knew I had to make these. I am always looking for recipes of things that I can grab in the AM while running out the door. I found a winner! I made theses Trail Mix balls on Monday, since then I think I have eaten the entire pan. Oops.  They remind me a lot of no-bake peanut butter cookies but also a little like bird seed (All in a Yummy fashion!). With each bite you get a taste of sweet chocolatey goodness yet healthy bites of seeds, oatmeal, and coconut. Oh bites of dried cherries too! It does not get much better than that! Mmmm….I have had them in the morning for a breakfast treat as well as after dinner for a sweet dessert.  You have got to make these…you will not be disappointed!

Who doesn’t love trail mix balls with Dark Chocolate chips in them?

For this recipe…Head on over to Eat, Live, Run.  I  encourage you all to make these…Like today!