Did your childhood consist of carrying granola bars in your lunch bag everyday? Was it your favorite thing, especially the ones drenched in chocolate and those mini chocolate rainbow sprinkles? When you transitioned to high school, maybe you decided to bring the honey and fruit bars instead, because that’s all your mom bought, “in the name of health.” Those were my go-to snack-on road trips, school lunches, field trips, sometimes even sneaking in a chocolate covered one after dinner. We still buy those for my younger siblings, because they must go through the chewy-bar-a-day phase that every kid does. But now that you’re older, have you ever stopped and actually read the ingredients? Or is it just “this has oats and nuts, must be healthy?” I outgrew the granola bar phase, but admittedly, I had never looked at the ingredient list either-until now. Even though the first ingredient is listed as granola containing whole grain rolled oats, there are a plethora of random things that I bet you don’t want swirling around in your stomach. Here’s some of the ingredients I found, in just the typical Quaker chocolate chip chewy bar, without the chocolate coating: BHT, glycerin????, caramel color, sorbitol, and natural and artifical flavorings. These don’t seem very…natural. Glycerin is actually deemed a harmful chemical, and did you know that “natural” flavorings are actually taken from beaver anal glands? It’s called castoreum, but is often just referred to as natural flavoring. You can read more about that here. Psshh, nobody needs to know that, right? What happened to natural as in nuts and seeds? What’s that you say? “Ingredients don’t matter to me, those bars are a staple in my family, I need them!” Well, you’re about to have a new go to recipe for your favorite childhood snack. Today’s post features Lime Pistachio Bars!
-4-6 dates (Start with four. If the dough is crumbly, add some more. Can use raisins)
-1/3 cup roasted, salted, unshelled pistachios
-1/4 teaspoon + 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated lime
-1/4 cup almonds (or walnuts/pecans)
-1 tablespoon unsalted pumpkin seeds
-2 tablespoons unsalted sunflower seeds
-1/8 teaspoon vanilla
-1/4 cup raisins (or dates)
-1/2 tablespoon regular coconut oil (not virgin or extra virgin)
Mix everything in a high speed blender until no chunks of nuts remain. This is what my mixture looked like.
Pat the mixture down very firmly into a pan. Serve.
Makes: 6 bars
Nutrition Facts (per 1 bar):
Fat: 9.3 g
Carbs: 14 g
Sodium: 51.8 mg
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Fiber: 2.3 g
Sugar: 9.5 g
Protein: 4.2 g