Guilt-Free Breakfast Bars

Regardless if it’s made from regular oats, muesli, or granola, there are a plethora of breakfast bars in shops to pick from. Essentially, they’re considered as quick and easy snacks for people on the go. Some even regard this as an actual meal. However, not every commercially produced breakfast bar has been prepared using healthy ingredients. To make things worse, several brands can even actually contribute to people’s increasing glucose levels or being a significant factor in unwanted weight gain if they’re not vigilant enough.

Most of the time, these aforementioned breakfast and snack bars are saturated with heaps of sugar to somewhat tickle the consumers’ taste buds. The Telegraph’s Leah Hyskop even documented how so-called healthy cereal nibbles have more than 40 percent sugar content. It’s a well-known fact that people love sweets. In addition, it doesn’t help that their surroundings somewhat shape what type of food they consume. To a certain degree, pop culture has manipulated the general public’s psyche in terms of encouraging their taste buds to crave artificial sweets instead of healthier, more natural ones like fruits.

Nowadays, there are a lot of dessert trends floating around social media. Pop Sugar even highlights different sweet courses from stuffed croissants to rolled ice creams to macaron donuts. For their part, even game developers have gotten in on the fad and produced more aesthetically appealing digital iterations of sweets. One of the first, famous companies to have hopped on the bandwagon was King – makers of the ultra popular Candy Crush Saga. It was even reported by Engadget that the firm’s developers are working on a Call of Duty mobile game. From here, various candy-themed games, including Fruit vs. Candy an online slots game by Pocketfruity, followed suit.

Therefore, taking all of the above into consideration, it’s important to look at the bigger picture and see sweets in a more natural way. To counteract sugared dried fruits in breakfast bars, oats, and the likes, health buffs should know that there are a lot of alternatives out there that don’t have unnecessary high amounts of sugar. Luckily, there’s a guilt-free apple cinnamon bars recipe developed by Bright Eyed Baker. Best of all, it’s easy to make and only needs simple, readily available ingredients.

Ingredients:

2 cups of rolled oats
2 cups of pecans
2 cups of Granny Smith apples
1½ cups of pitted and halved dates
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
¼ teaspoon of salt

Instructions:

– Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, before lining a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Evenly spread the oats and pecans onto the sheet and bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes.
– Line an eight-inch square pan with parchment paper, making sure the sheet sticks out on the sides.
– Mix in the toasted oats and pecans with the dates, cinnamon, and salt in the food processor. Combine until there are no large chunks left. If needed, use a spatula to fold the ingredients.
– Flatten the mixture onto the pan, together with the Granny Smith apples, using a spatula or a spoon. It’s advisable to place a parchment paper on top of it when doing this.
– Bake for 20 minutes. When done, cool for 15 minutes and slice into squares. For proper storage, put the bars in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge.