Thursday, April 11, 2013

Something Healthy and Sweet

A group of friends are planning a 2 week whole food diet. 
No Dairy, nothing processed, limited meat, no white sugar or flour.  
My friend is super scared about the plan, but anxious to try.  We pretty much eat that way all the time anyway so it won't be that much of an adjustment for me.  I actually started this week.  The rest of the group will start on Monday.  The first day was a little hard when my normal sweet snack time rolled around.  But a little fruit and I'm good.  

But I came across a version of this recipe and we all love it. So if you need a little something sweet, these are perfect and there's no dairy or granulated sugar.

The original recipe came off the Grape-Nuts box but their version used corn syrup (eww.  I avoid that like the plague)  and sugar
I knew I could do way better than that. 

I recently learned that Medjool Dates are amazing for adding sweetness to something while adding super nutrition at the same time.  
I also learned that you can get fresh ground Almond butter at WinCo.  
It's back in the bulk bin section.  
You can get either Almond butter or Peanut butter fresh ground.  
So yum and you see exactly what goes into the nut butter.  
Even better.
So here goes with my health-ified version of Grape-nuts cereal bars.

Whole Food Cereal Bar

1 cup Medjool dates soaked in 1 cup water for 20 minutes
1 cup honey
3/4 cup Almond Butter or Peanut Butter
Dash of Salt
1/2 cup chopped almonds or other nut (optional)
1 tsp chia seeds

After the dates have soaked, drain and put in blender or food processor.  
Blend to puree the dates.

Combine pureed dates, nut butter, honey, salt, and chia seeds in a medium sauce pan.
Heat over medium heat until it just starts to boil.

Remove from heat.
Add in 4 cups Grape-Nuts Cereal and 1/2 cup chopped nuts.

Stir to completely coat cereal.

Prepare 9x13 inch pan with cooking spray.
Pour Cereal mixture into pan and press to evenly distribute.
Let cool completely.
Cut into bars.
Enjoy now or wrap in plastic wrap to save for later.

These would be perfect for a breakfast on the go with some fruit, or a small smoothie.
I did  cut these a little big.
If you ate one this big it would definitely be a super sugar rush, so go small to start.

A little something sweet, super healthy, and yummy at the same time.
The perfect combination!
Happy Day!

I will be sharing more whole food recipes in the next couple of weeks.  
If you would like to join our group diet, please do.  
We would love to hear from you.
The more the merrier - and healthier!


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