What’s in your morning cereal bar?- Oat, Pecan, & Manuka Honey recipe

Oat, Pecan & Manuka
Honey Breakfast/Snack Bars
 

It’s quick and easy to wake up in the morning and pick up a store bought granola or cereal bar. The only problem is how often do you take time to actually read what’s inside that supposedly nutritious breakfast replacement? Unfortunately, the majority of cereal bars you find in your nearest grocery stores are highly processed with many additives that you should avoid. “It’s important to read the ingredients list to see that a whole grain like oats is listed first,” says Elisa Zied, MS, RD, CDN, author of Nutrition At Your Fingertips. She recommends avoiding cereal bars that have sugar listed in the top three or four ingredients. “You may have to consider the granola bar as a little bit of a treat, since it likely provides at least a few grams of added sugar as well.”

An easy solution to finding a nutritious and delicious cereal bar is to make your own at home. Though this may seem like a daunting task, it’s   really very simple. Just mix together the ingredients below with Wedderspoon’s Manuka Honey 16+ and bake. You can store these bars in Tupperware to use throughout the week.

Here’s  a honey-packed snack bar recipe from Sarah Orecchia of Unbeelievable Health.

  •   1 cup porridge oats
  •   1 cup pecan halves
  •   10 dates chopped finely
  •   ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  •   2 teaspoons cinnamon
  •   1 teaspoon sea salt
  •   1 tablespoon maple syrup
  •   2 tablespoons manuka honey (or regular   honey)
  •   1 tablespoon light olive oil
  •   2 tablespoons melted butter
Pre-heat  oven to 350 °F. Blend ingredients together in a bowl with a fork and mash until well mixed. Spread in the bottom of a non-stick or foil lined small baking tray (approx 6 x 8 inches or smaller). Bars should be about 1 1⁄2 cm thick. Bake for about 30 minutes. Let cool and slice.

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