The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Granola Bar

These bars are so yummy and very versatile.  They are easy to whip up and great for a dessert or snack and a healthy way to get in your cholesterol lowering rolled oats.  The nut butter , egg whites and coconut oil adds protein and healthy fats and the chocolate chunks are just plain delicious.  Feel free to use any nut butter you enjoy and if your children need a nut-free treat for school simply use sunflower seed butter instead.  These store well in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week.

Prep Time:  10 minutes                   Cook Time:  20 minutes                 Makes 12 bars

Ingredients:

3/4 cup almond butter / cashew butter / peanut butter / sunflower seed butter

1/3 cup honey

4 tbsp liquid egg whites

2 tbsp of melted coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

4 1/2 cups rolled oats (not instant)

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 tsp salt

1 cup dairy-free chocolate chunks

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl beat together the peanut butter, honey, egg, oil, brown sugar , extract and salt until creamy.  Stir in the oats and chocolate chunks until the oats are completely covered in the peanut butter mixture.  Coat a 13X9 baking dish with cooking spray.  Press the oat mixture firmly into the bottom of the pan.  Place in oven for 20 minutes or until the edges are slightly browned.  Cool in pan for 15 minutes then transfer to the fridge for 20 minutes.  Loosen the edges with a spatula or knife and slice into bars.

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Dairy-Free Mango Oatmeal

This oatmeal is a great way to start your day on a healthy note.  If you don’t have time to make it in the morning simply cook and assemble bowls in advance and place the dishes in your fridge so that you can warm them up before you head out the door.

Mangos have so many health benefits.  There are antioxidants in this fruit that have cancer preventing properties and it helps lower cholesterol and unclog pores for clearer skin.  The vitamin A improves eye health and mangos help to alkalize the body as well.  Using almond milk increases the protein and amount of healthy fats.  The maple syrup is a natural sweetener packed with minerals and vitamins and the cinnamon adds depth of flavor.  Every component of this oatmeal is good for your body in a different way so try it – even if it’s for dinner!

Prep Time:  5 minutes                  Cook Time:  5-10 minutes                   Serves:  2-4

Ingredients

2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 cup whole grain stove top cooking oats

1/8 cup pure maple syrup

1 tsp ground cinnamon

16 raw almonds chopped

1 fresh mango chopped into cubes

Pinch of salt

Add the oats, almond milk, salt, cinnamon and maple syrup to a small pan.  Bring to a slow boil and stir intermittently to prevent sticking.  Cook until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the oats (5 – 8 minutes) and the oatmeal is thick.  Stir in the chopped mango and top with the almonds.  Serve warm.  Oatmeal will keep in the fridge for up to a week.  When you are reheating this dish you can add a splash of almond milk if you prefer a creamier consistency.

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