As a nutritionist, and a mom, it’s difficult to find a store-bought granola/snack bar that contains ingredients I’m happy feeding my kids, while remaining school-safe (nut-free). I like them to have some protein, and fibre from whole grains, without a lot of sugar so they get a slow and steady release of energy to keep them on track at school. I’ve also been trying in many small ways to reduce the single-use plastics we bring into our home so making my own snacks instead of buying packaged helps that effort as well. I’ve been working on a few recipes for portable snacks that use nourishing ingredients that my kids will eat. This granola bar is one of those recipes. It was inspired by one of my favourite vegan recipe bloggers, Angela Liddon of ohsheglows.com. I love her recipes because she uses whole foods, and leaves out the gluten and dairy, plus they taste delicious!
Earlier I mentioned that I look for a good combo of protein and fibre. These bars provide protein in the form of hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds and oats. They are also packed with fibre from the coconut, flaxseed, oats and hemp. Plus, a healthy dose of Omega-3 good fats comes from the seeds and coconut oil. Top all of that with some blood sugar balancing cinnamon and you've got a nutrition-filled power snack that tastes great!
Sweet & Salty Maple Pumpkin Seed Granola Bars
Adapted from Hearty Granola Bars by Angela Liddon
vegan, school-safe, gluten-free, whole foods
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare an 8x8-inch pan with a lining of parchment paper so that it goes up over the sides (this will allow you to lift the bars out later).
2. Mix first 4 ingredients together in a small bowl, and set aside.
3. Mix remaining ingredients (except last pinch salt) together in a large bowl. Add wet ingredients and mix until combined.
4. Dump mixture into prepared pan and press down with wet hands or a spatula until all spread and evened out. Sprinkle over coarse salt.
5. Bake for about 20 minutes until edges are lightly browned, turning halfway through baking time. Cool on rack, then cut into bars. Makes about 12 bars.