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Cathy Katin-Grazzini

Cathy’s Kitchen Prescription LLC

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Fruity ALA Granola Bars

Makes 12-14 bars   Prep time = 20 minutes   Baking time = 55 minutes

 

Loaded with anti-inflammatory omega-3s from fresh flax and chia meal, sweetened only with fruit, packed with nutritious gluten-free whole grains. Kid-tested, grownups will love ‘em too!

 

High in fiber and healthy plant proteins too, you won’t miss the inflammatory oils, salt, refined sugars, and nut/nut butters often used in other commercial bars.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 ½ cups old-fashioned gluten-free oat flakes

¾ cup popped whole grain, gluten-free puffed unsweetened cereal (brown rice, amaranth, millet or mixed)

2 bananas

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/4 cup whole golden flaxseed

1/4 cup white or black chia seeds (white seeds are marginally higher in ALA omega-3s)

1 teaspoon freshly ground Ceylon cinnamon

2 cups mix of dried dates, figs, apricots, various raisin varieties

 

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 325°F/160°C

 

Prep

~ Grind flax and chia to meal. Set aside.

~ To rehydrate the fruit, combine them, cover with water, microwave for 90 seconds, cool. Alternatively, simmer for a couple of minutes on a stovetop, cool. Drain. Transfer to a food processor and pulse to create small uniform pieces. Set aside.

~ In a bowl mash bananas with a fork or potato masher until smooth. Set aside.

 

In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients, mixing well. Mound on a cookie sheet lined with parchment, and with two straight edge rulers or icing spatulas shape into a roughly 7½” by 7½” by 1” thick square.

 

Bake for 15 minutes and remove. Gently in half lengthwise and width-wise slice into 1” wide strips and with a sharp or serrated knife, carefully separate the pieces from one another to ensure even baking on all surfaces.

 

Return to the oven for another 35-40 minutes or until fragrant, firm, and golden.

 

Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack. Cool and enjoy!

 

ALA bars will keep for in the fridge for 2 weeks (if they last that long!) and will freeze beautifully.

 

Fruity ALA Granola Bars