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    MY FAVORITE GRANOLA BARS

    MY FAVORITE GRANOLA BARS 1024 1024 Delphine Remy | Holistic Nutrition & Eating Psychology Coach

    Why are these my favorite granola bars? Because they are jam packed with oats, pumpkin seeds and goji berries. Did you know oats contain super important vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber — making them one of the healthiest grains on Earth?

    Oats are commonly eaten in cereals, muffins, and other baked goods or prepared as oatmeal, which is made by boiling the oats in water, but I like to batch cook granola on a days I feel like hanging out in the kitchen with a glass of Rosé and good tunes.

    …so why oats?
    Oats are super rich in soluble fiber which plays a vital role slowing the digestive process so your body can absorb nutrients from the foods you eat. Fiber can also help you maintain a healthy weight long term and keep your gut bacteria happy.

    + Oats are also high in the soluble fiber beta-glucan which helps reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
    + Oats increase feelings of fullness.
    + Oats lower bad cholesterol and protect good cholesterol.
    + Oats lower the risk of heart disease.
    + Oats may reduce symptoms of constipation.

    …and let’s briefly cover Goji berries! Goji berries are a MUST superfood you should always have in your pantry! They have amazing health benefits, boost all the efforts of oats and also curb the cravings for sweets — because they are so sweet!
    + Goji berries can help stabilize blood sugar levels. They have been known to lower high blood pressure.
    + Goji berries improve sugar tolerance and alleviate insulin resistance. They also improve and recover cells that help produce insulin.

    If are someone who struggles maintaining a balanced blood sugar level, you may be a candidate from my 5 DAY BLOOD SUGAR BALANCE MEAL PLAN. I designed this meal plan to help my patients detox and stabilize their blood sugar levels.

    Don’t forget granola bars are perfect before and after workout snacks. SHOP the 15 ENERGIZING WORKOUT SNACKS + SMOOTHIE RECIPES for recommendations on healthy pre and post workout snacks, smoothies and meals!

    MY FAVORITE GRANOLA BARS

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    Prep time : 30-40 minutes
    Servings: 10 mini-bars (or 6 big bars)

    Ingredients:
    1 cup rolled oats
    1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
    1 Tbsp. of coconut oil
    1 ounce maple syrup
    2 ounces sesame puree or tahini
    1.5 ounce goji berries (raisin, dates or figs work as well)
    Salt
    1⁄4 teaspoon of vanilla powder

    Instructions:
    1. Heat the coconut oil, the maple syrup and the sesame puree in a small pan on low heat.
    2. Place in a large mixing bowl the oatmeal, the pumpkin seeds, the goji berries, the salt, and the vanilla.
    3. Pour the liquid into the bowl and stir well with a spoon.
    4. Once thoroughly mixed, transfer to an 8×8-inch baking dish or other small pan lined with plastic wrap or parchment paper so they lift out easily. (A loaf pan might work, but will yield thicker bars.)
    5. Press down firmly until uniformly flattened – I use something flat, like a drinking glass, to press down and really pack the bars, which helps them hold together better.
    6. Cover with parchment or plastic wrap, and let firm up in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.
    7. Remove bars from pan and chop into 10 mini-bars (or larger or square, as you wish). Store in an airtight container for up to a few days. I like to keep mine in the freezer.

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