Healthy Cereal Bar Recipe
When you’re trying to lose weight and get in shape, snacking can be really frustrating.
The truth is, healthy snacking is totally possible. You just have to be smart about it.
Watch the carbs, sugars, and fats and aim for snacks that are high in protein. This will help keep you satisfied longer.
Snacking is important for keeping your metabolism revved up so that you burn more calories and fat. It also helps prevent drops in blood sugar levels, which can lead to cravings and unhealthy binges.
So here’s a great, tasty recipe for a healthy cereal bar. This makes a fantastic snack when you’re living a busy lifestyle and trying to get in shape.
Healthy Cereal Bar Recipe (Makes 24 bars)
What You Need:
- 2 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
- 1 cup whole grain whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein (mixed with a bit of water) – try Gaspari Nutrition Myofusion Delicious Vanilla
- 4 oz unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup unpasteurized natural honey
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 1/2 tbsp flaxseed
- 3/4 cup shredded coconut
- 2 oz chopped pecans
- 2 oz slivered almonds
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9×13″ pan with vegetable oil or light butter.
ombine the oats, baking soda, whole wheat flour, vanilla whey protein, applesauce, honey, flaxseed and brown sugar in a large bowl. Blend in coconut & pecans/almonds.
Take the entire mixture and lightly press into the pan (don’t press too hard). Bake at 325 degrees F for approximately 20 minutes. Allow it to cool for 10 mins, then use a pizza cutter to cut into squares or bars. Before removing or serving let the bars cool down in the pan for a good 10-15 minutes.
These healthy cereal bars can be wrapped in plastic wrap and kept in the fridge for easy access. Add them to your lunch or grab one at home when you need a healthy snack!
Should make about two dozen servings whereby each serving has about 120 calories, 14 grams carbs, 5 grams fat and 10 grams protein.
Some healthy cooking tips:
Vanilla whey protein, like the tasty Gaspari Nutrition Myofusion Delicious Vanilla, can be a great substitution for vanilla extract and adds a great protein boost to your baking. Unsweetened applesauce can replace egg or add extra moisture to any dish, offering a great option for Vegans as well.
Flaxseed is an easy, healthy addition that helps keep your heart and mind in top shape. You can also add flaxseed oil to your diet with a supplement like Optimum Flaxseed Oil Softgels. Another great fat-burning oil that can be used in cooking is extra virgin coconut oil.
For baking, oats and whole grain whole wheat flour should be used whenever possible. This will help you cut down on carbs and calories and increase the nutritional value of your diet. Nuts also make a great addition to baked goods – they’re packed full of nutrients and protein, and will help satisfy your cravings.
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