This Healthy Snack Bars Recipe makes a nutritious on-the-go breakfast or snack. They are refined sugar-free, dairy-free, mildly sweetened with natural ingredients and beautifully packed with delicious cranberries!
If you usually love to start your day with heart-healthy oatmeal or something small to go with your coffee or tea then this recipe is for you!
Everyone has those days where you don’t have enough time to make that larger morning meal to give your body the energy it needs and keep you going until at least lunch.
Sometimes getting your kids fed and out of the door for school while you are trying not to be late for work is a challenge by itself. Let alone making a good breakfast for yourself.
But I also know that most of us are trying to be healthy whenever we can. A couple of these snack bars are high in protein and can keep you going easily until your mid-morning snack or early lunch.
So whether you are currently very busy with the start of a new career, family, school, traveling, or just keeping up with technology, you don’t want to forget taking good care of yourself.
And a healthy start of the day is part of that! These bars also freeze really well so they can be your friend in the future too.
I am completely addicted to making these snack bars.
It's so nice to be able to pull a delicious breakfast out of the fridge or freezer when I am going out the door knowing very well that it will be quite a while before my next meal.
So instead of becoming a breakfast drama queen (ahem) when I don’t have a lot of time in the morning, I enjoy one of these bars that's almost like a healthy dessert for breakfast.
Look how easy they are to make. Just get out your mixing bowl and start adding the ingredients.
9 basic ingredients to be exact. It is helpful to pre-score an indentation into the bars before baking so that they are easier to cut into nice squares.
Here are photos of the two final steps that are done before baking for 30 minutes. Next you'll have 16 healthy breakfast treats that you will love too!
Healthy Oat Bars to Entice
These date cranberry breakfast bars are not too sweet and are packed full of taste and nutrients.
They're that ideal healthy treat that compliments your hot morning drink and gives you that delicious, satisfying feeling.
These bars are also fiber-rich filled with healthy grains from the oats and the whole wheat pastry flour.
They are so simple to make, and you can have a whole pan turned out in very little time.
And only naturally sweetened with dried fruits.
The hemp hearts and walnuts add healthy fats and proteins.
They are favorite on-the-go breakfast bars but they also make an excellent quick snack in the middle of a workday.
It's hard to find a store-bought breakfast bar or granola bar that isn't high in sugar. And if you do see a healthier option they also come at a steep price. So why not make your own!
If you sometimes need:
- A healthy and quick breakfast option to go
- Something new and easy to try
- A good refuel option with all healthy carbs and no extra sugar
Then you'll want to try these bars and enjoy them over and over again. Just like me.
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Healthy Snack Bars
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 cup old fashioned oats also called rolled oats
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 3/4 cups dates chopped
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries lightly chopped
- 3 tablespoons hemp hearts
- 1 cups walnuts chopped
- 1/3 cup water
- Lightly oil an 8" x 8" square pan.
- Mix flour, oats, salt and oil in a medium bowl.
- Add cranberries, dates and hemp hearts.
- Add the water and walnuts and mix well.
- Press evenly into the 8" x 8" pan and press into the corners too.
- Cut into squares before baking. By this I mean for you to press down with something like a metal pastry board scraper to make deep marks so that they are easy to cut apart after baking.
- Bake at 325° for 30 minutes.