Apr
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Healthier snack bars

I am always amazed at those people who can have oats for breakfast.  The usual way to serve oats is by boiling it till soft, and then add some condensed milk and scatter some dried fruits on top.  At least this is how I made breakfast for my husband.  I know, a bit boring.  I will always just have a few tablespoon even though  I know those super food or grains are good for you, keep you feeling full longer and supposedly lower your cholesterol .   Anyway, to make it easier in my mission to eat more whole grain thingy,  I tried making two recipes today.   One is using Kamut, and the other Rolled oats as the main ingredients.  If you are asking me what Kamut is,  same here.. I just got to know its existance after reading the book “Whole grains for a new generation” by Liana Krissoff.   Thank you for the wonderful recipes.

So I went on a shopping spree and found puffed Kamut at the local Cold Storage supermarket.

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It looks like rice crispies, only bigger.  You can read all about grains  here.  The first recipe is  Kamut Chocolate bar.Very  simple, no baking required.

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You will need :

Ingredient A 

1 cup of ground almonds
4 cups of puffed Kamut (or puffed brown rice, spelt, millet) or any combination
2 tablespoon of shredded coconut
1 tablespoon of flax seeds ( I substitute with lecithin)
1/2 cup of goat milk powder

Ingredient B

3 tablespoon of olive or other healthy oil
1/2 cup of honey, maple syrup ( I used agave nectar)
60 gms of chocolate bar or coins
pinch of salt 
 

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Mixed ingredient A in a big bowl.   In a small pot, add ingredient B and heat on low flame till chocolate melts.  Then pour it into Ingredient A.  Mix thoroughly.  Oil a 9 inch cake tin and then pour the mixture into it.  Flatten with the palm of your hand.  Put in the fridge for about 15 minutes and its ready.   I made mine in a tupperware.  Store in the fridge for up till 2 weeks.

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The second recipe is Oat trail bar.

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1 cup of mixed dried fruit ( I used cranberries and raisins)
1/2 cup of pitted dates (kurma) 
1 cup of mixed nuts
2 tablespoon of flax seed or sesame seed ( I used lecithin) 
2 cups of rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 cup of applesauce ( I substitute with Greek yogurt)
1/3 cup of olive oil
 

Firstly, soak the dried fruits and then chop, I put all in my food processor and just grind it.  For the mixed nut, toast it till fragrant and then grind it too.   Take one cup of the rolled oats and grind till it is quite fine.   Then mixed everything together thoroughly.   Oil a 9 inch pan.  Pour and press the mixture, bake at 180C for 20 to 30 minutes.  Keep in an airtight container at room temperature.

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Hope you will try these recipes.  For those of you who are on a diet or trying to lead a healthier lifestyle, then it is worth a try.  You know how expensive those granola bars are.  If you make you own, it is way much cheaper and you can control the amount of sugar that goes into it.   Stay healthy :) Cheers.