I’m always looking for new on-the-go snack ideas.
In my 40 days program, we talk about dropping processed foods from our diets and that includes the majority of “snack bars” out there. You know the ones—they could even be in the health food section and proudly boast the words “organic” or “all natural” on their bright wrappers. If you go so far as to read the ingredients though, you’ll see that these bars are anything but healthy or natural.
I say if you really want to know exactly what goes into your body, your best bet is taking matters into your own hands and making things yourself.
Like these easy trail mix bars!
These bars are a sweet and chewy combination of whole grains, nuts, seeds and dark chocolate (we’re trying to be healthy, remember?) and are the perfect post-yoga or anytime snack.
They are a snap to make and travel nicely, too.
Perfect for road trips, ski weekends and lunchboxes (and yes, Adam finally brought his lunchbox(es) home from work–I found three in the back of his truck yesterday, dirty tupperware galore!).
Personally, I think these taste remarkably like those old school Quaker chocolate chip chewy granola bars. Am I the only one that has fond college memories of those? I think I ate about one a day for three years.
The only difference between these bars and their storebought cousins is that these don’t have any high fructose corn syrup in them…and like a billion less grams of sugar.
Dare I call them (gulp) healthy?
Yogi Trail Mix Bars
makes about 16 bars
1 cup honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4th tsp salt
2 T granulated sugar
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup oat bran
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
3/4 cup dried cherries, cranberries or berry blend (I used a blend of dried cherries, raspberries and currants)
Combine the honey, vanilla, salt, sugar and peanut butter in a medium sized saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about four minutes, stirring occasionally.
In a large bowl, combine all other ingredients except for chocolate chips. Pour the boiling honey mixture over the oat mixture and toss well. Finally, add the chocolate chips and fold together (being careful not to overmix and melt the chocolate).
Press mixture into a greased nine inch pan and pat down with wet hands. Chill in fridge for an hour, or until firm, before cutting into bars.