Nothing makes you appreciate a nourishing “on-the-go” meal more than trying to get out the door on time with babies (and your sanity) will. I have a newfound respect for recipes that can be thrown in your bag, made in under 30 minutes, provide minimal clean up, AND everyone can enjoy.
These ‘On-The-Go Glow Bars’ solve a lot of our problems with just one bite. Not only are they packed with a variety of nuts and seeds with an incredible nutrition profile, they also have that salty-sweet-chewy-delicious-old school granola bar thing going for them.
I am always swapping ingredients into my recipes, so feel free to do the same — use what you have on hand and what you know will lure your family in for a big bite.
**This recipe was inspired by one of the best in the game-- Angela Liddon// Oh She Glows Cookbook
Oven ( only if toasting your pecans )
Rolling Pin ( optional )
Serves: 12 bars
1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped
1.5 cups gluten-free oats
1 cup quinoa flakes
5 Medjool dates, de-pitted and rough chopped ( sub 1/3 cup cranberries or chocolate chips )
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
2 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp golden flax seeds
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp Himalayan pink sea salt
1/3 cup raw honey or maple syrup
1/3 cup tbsp almond butter or peanut butter
1.5 tsp vanilla extract
Toast your pecans: preheat the oven to 300F. Spread pecans out onto a baking sheet. Toast them in the oven for 6-7 minutes or until fragrant and they deepen in color. Remove from the oven when ready and allow them to cool.
Line a 9x9 pan with parchment paper.
In a large bowl add your cooled pecans, gluten-free oats, quinoa flakes, date pieces, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, cinnamon and sea salt. Mix all until evenly combined.
In a small saucepan, stir together your honey/maple syrup and nut butter and warm over low-medium heat. Continue to stir as the mix begins to soften and lightly bubble.
Turn off the heat and move the pan off the hot burner. Stir in your vanilla extract.
Pour the warm mixture into your bowl of ingredients, scraping out any last bits from the pan.
Prepare to stir the oat mix extremely well and until all is coated with the wet mixture.
Transfer all to your prepared pan and place another sheet of parchment paper over the top. This will help you spread the mix into a compact and even layer without getting your hands sticky. Feel free to use a rolling pin or rounded glass to help even all out. You want this to be as compact as possible so your bars don’t crumble!
When ready allow bars to set in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour. When ready slice and enjoy! Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator or the freezer.