When you start reading all about eating healthy, there are certain foods that come up. Kale, chia seeds, goji berries and maca are just some of them.
Maca root is a tuber, kind of like a potato. It is very well known as a natural energy booster.
It can also help with hormonal issues such as menopause and fertility.
Maca is rich in B vitamins as well. So I decided to make an energy bar with it.
This energy bar is not only vegan, but grain free and gluten free too.
Here is a Recipe l Found to Try:
- In a food processor, grind the almonds into a course consistency.
- Add them to a bowl with the sunflower seeds, maca powder, flax meal, pepitas, chia seeds and salt.
- In a saucepan, combine the maple syrup, almond butter and coconut oil.
- Mix until all are well combined.
- Add it to the bowl with the dried ingredients.
- Tear a sheet of parchment slightly bigger than an 8X8 pan.
- Line an 8X8 pan with the paper.
- Spread in the mixture and pack down tight .
- Place in the fridge to set. About 1 hour.
You should get 8 bars out of a batch according to the recipe ingredients.
Store them in the fridge or even freeze them for longer storage.
Wheat seems to have a bad reputation these days, but in its natural unrefined state, the grain has a host of important nutrients. Always try to opt for whole-wheat products, which haven’t been refined and stripped of their natural goodness.
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Whenever we can, we also like to add wheat germ into the mix — the nutrient-rich embryo of the wheat kernel that is removed during the refining process.
Packed with important B vitamins, such as folate, thiamin and vitamin B6; and the minerals zinc, magnesium and manganese, wheat germ is a super grain that’s easily incorporated into baked goods. In this recipe, we replaced some of the flour with germ, but the wholesome breakfast bars are also filled with fiber from oats, flax seeds and raspberries.
Enjoy one with a cup of yogurt for a well-rounded morning meal.
Whole-Grain Raspberry Jam Bars Recipe
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
- 170 cal
- 10 g fat (5 g sat)
- 19 g carbs
- 106 mg sodium
- 2.3 g fiber
- 3 g protein
Cooking oil spray
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks butter, cut into 16 pieces and softened
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup walnut pieces
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
3/4 cup sugar-free raspberry jam
3/4 cup fresh raspberries
1 tablespoon lemon juice