I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with the amazing kids of the Sackett family. Their kids love to cook and eat just as much as I do, so Angela suggested I come spend a few hours teaching them a few things about nutrition and cooking. So fun!
I decided to make some healthy snacks with the kids, and knowing they have 5 children, tried to think of some things that could be made in different variations for what they each like. We decided upon homemade granola and Lara bars. You’ve probably seen me mention Lara bars (as they are one of the current obsessions of mine), and granola was another obsession a few months back, but still equally loved.
The day ended up being so fun, and I must say, the Sackett kids are truly amazing. Not only do they know a ton about food and can talk major flavors with me, but they showed me some cool new camera skills. I think I just may have learned more from them, than them from me!
By the end of the day, we had cooked up some pretty amazing granola…and conquered raw foods with yummy Lara bars. I’ve turned it to quite the snacker lately, so these healthy options make it easy! Try these recipes, they’re so easy, and oh so good!
Lara Bars- dates are excellent source of dietary fiber, rich in vitamin B, and high in potassium making these bars a good choice for a raw, whole-food snack.
Granola-- coconut oil provides stress relief, increased immunity, and aids in proper digestion and metabolism. Oats provide good amount of fiber, cancer fighting phyto-chemicals, blood glucose and insulin regulating properties, and help to lower bad cholesterol. Peanut butter? God’s gift to the earth…and is heart-healthy, high in protein and antioxidants.
(bear with me, I don’t usually use a recipe for this)
3-4 cups old-fashioned oats
2 tablespoons coconut oil (can swap for vegetable)
2 tablespoons honey
1/4-1/2 cup natural peanut butter (optional)
1/4 cup flax seeds
1/2 cup nuts (optional)
salt to taste
dried fruits, nuts or toppings of your choice
Heat oven to 300°. Place oats in large mixing bowl. Add in remaining ingredients, mixing to combine. Salt to taste. Transfer mixture to a baking sheet and spread evenly over pan. Bake 20-25 minutes. When done, let cool completely and add dried fruit or other toppings as you desire. Enjoy!
Peanut Butter Lara Bars
(recipe adapted from Enlightened Cooking, makes 2 bars)
1/4 cup chopped dates
1/4 cup peanuts
pinch of salt
Set out two pieces of plastic wrap for shaping and wrapping the bars. Next, place dates in a food processor and pulse until it becomes a thick paste. Transfer to a bowl, and add nuts to the food processor with a pinch of salt. Pulse until finely chopped. Combine chopped nuts with date paste by kneading the nuts into paste well. Eat right then!…or refrigerate
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- Lauren: Congratulations!:) I check your blog from time to time and I really enjoy it.
- Staci: By the way, these have become my staple for bringing to potlucks, they’re tasty and rich and I’ve...
- Christina: Wow! These sound so delicious. Gluten free is an added plus in my book. I am always looking for GF recipes...
- zephra milde: Does anyone think these could be made without egg whites? Maybe flaxseed eggs instead? Any other...
- Danielle: How to you “slice them” I am terrible at cutting them into thin slices. They are so tough to...