So, these snack bars came about eight years ago, when I was a brand new mom to twins. I was nursing them around the clock, and if you’re a mom who has nursed, you know there is nothing like nursing hunger (it’s a thing!)! And if you’re a mom who has nursed twins, well, that beastly hunger is like nothing I’ve ever known. I mean, I’ve trained for marathons, but even after my most strenuous 22 mile training runs, my appetite did not compare to what it was when I was nursing my babies. I seriously could not stop eating. But, partly because I always try to eat healthy and partly because I cared about getting back in shape, I wanted to make smart eating choices. I needed snacks that were satisfying but easy to make, snacks that provided protein and complex carbs, snacks that could be thrown in a baggie and taken along on my walks with the twins. And then one day, amidst the chaos of nursing, burping, and changing two babies, a dear friend dropped off some granola bars and while they were not exactly what I was craving, they inspired me. So I bundled up the babies, walked to the closest market and bought the makings of what would become my go-to nursing snack: oats, seeds, nuts, dried fruit.
These wholesome bars now come along with us on hikes and picnics; they’re packed in school lunches and beach baskets; they’re perfect in the morning with a cup of coffee or after a tough workout at the gym. And, whenever a friend has a baby, they’re part of the first meal that I deliver to her. Nursing or not, we moms need to fuel ourselves in order to take care of others. So, do yourself and your family a favor, make these and share them with some friends.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 cups of whole oats
- 3/4 cup of white whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 cup of real maple syrup
- 1/3 cup of unsweetened apple sauce
- 1/4 cup of coconut oil (or canola)
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1/2 cup dried fruit (unsweetened dried cherries, cranberries, chopped apricots work well)
- 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup of sliced raw almonds
- 1/2 cup of unsalted sunflower or pumpkin seeds
- cooking spray
What to do:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a medium sized bowl, mix the oats, flour, cinnamon, and salt together.
- In a large bowl, mix the maple syrup, apple sauce, coconut oil, egg, and vanilla.
- Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ones, and mix well.
- Add the dried fruit and nuts, incorporate well.
- Spray a 5 x 5 baking pan with cooking spray, pour in granola mixture, and use a spoon to spread the mixture out evenly.
- Bake for about 30 minutes. Allow it to cool and then slice it into 12 squares.
- Eat and repeat.