One of the other distributors says these are “the best granola bars”, so I had to share with you!!! These are type of “treats” to include as part of your healthy lifestyle changes, but with understanding that they are also a moderation food. I’ve adapted this recipe a bit, so that it is more healthy for you. I am genuinely concerned about this for all of my clients. It is not just what you eat, but the quality of the food as well. You can see the notes on these adaptations below this recipe:
Toasted Oats Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
2 cups oats
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup nutella chocolate
1/2 cup honey
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp chia seeds ( optional)
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 heaping Tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (sugar free)
1/2 cup white chocolate chips, melted (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix oats, coconut and nuts. Spread in a large cookie sheet and toast 10 minutes in oven. Stir every 3 minutes. Let cool.
Mix nutella, honey, peanut butter, salt and vanilla. Place in a microwavable bowl and heat till melted. Stir until smooth and add coconut oil.
Place cooled oat mixture in a mixing bowl. Add chia seeds and peanut butter mixture. Mix well. Stir in chocolate.
Press in a 8 x 8 parchment paper covered pan. Cool in the fridge for 2-3 hours. Cut in 12 bars and top with melted chocolate if desired.
Store in an air tight container.
The original recipe calls for Nutella which is not really healthy for you. In fact, the company that makes Nutella, Ferrero USA, was sued for false health claims. Nutella ingredients include sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, skim milk, whey milk, lecithin as an emulsifier (soy), and vanillin: an artifical flavor —> Nutella has a whooping 21 grams of sugar (main / 1st ingredient) and tons of fat – thumbs down. Also, although Nutella is gluten free it is also a GMO food product which makes that soy lecithin the second worse ingredient to me. Only non-GMO soy is acceptable for your health. Plus, the Vanillan is MSG and palm oil is no good for us. I could go on and on, but you can do the research on the ingredients in Nutella or just take my warning and try the healthier alternative in the recipe.