November 2, 2012 § Leave a comment
Remember these little furry terracotta things? They would magically spout tiny green leaves and voila! You’d be the proud owner of this:
Nowadays, chia has become more well known for it’s nutritional value. These tiny little seeds are an amazing storehouse of all sorts of goodness. They are about the same size as a sesame seed and are a source of omega-3s, fibre, antioxidants, minerals and protein. That’s a lot to pack in! So what does this have to do with this post?
As someone who is pretty active, I enjoy my snacks. However, needing to avoid both gluten and dairy (and wanting to try and not eat things full of refined sugar) means that my options are few when it comes to buying granola or protein bars. So instead I went a little crazy in the bulk section and threw a whole bunch of good things into a bowl, stirred it up and made my own! And, you guessed it, there were chia seeds in there.
Almond Butter Fruit Bars
Makes 16 bars
4 ripe bananas
1 cup almond butter
1 cup almonds
1/2 cup dried apricots
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup dates
1 cup gluten-free oats
1 cup quinoa flakes
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
1/3 cup shredded coconut
4 tbsp flax seeds
3 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1. Preheat oven to 350 and line 2 8×8 pans with parchment paper.
2. Mash bananas and place in small saucepan. Add almond butter and stir over medium heat until blended and smooth. Remove from heat.
3. Place apricots, dates, cranberries and almonds into food processor and pulse until roughly chopped.
4. Place nut and fruit mixture in a bowl and add oats, quinoa, seeds, coconut and spices. Mix in banana and almond mixture and stir until totally blended.
5. Divide batter between the two pans and press into place, smoothing it as much as possible.
6. Bake for 30 minutes.
7. Cut into 8 bars per pan (16 in total) and enjoy! These will last about 2 weeks in an airtight container in the fridge.
These are my favourite snack right now. They’re just the right combination of complex carbs, protein and fats, and they get me through a gruelling dance class or a long ride. A little bit sweet, a little bit salty and the same spices as pumpkin pie. What’s not to love? Nothing, that’s what. So go make some and ch-ch-ch-chew like a green bunny. Nom, nom, nom.