One of the most difficult aspects of living a healthy lifestyle is snacks! It is hard to find filling, low carb snacks that are easy to make. I have a couple of ideas I’d like to share with you this week, starting with these Grain Free Maple Granola Bars. They only take a few minutes to prepare, and one batch should last you for a few snacks. You can also eat them for a quick breakfast.
Skipping grains reduces the carbs quite a bit for granola bars. Grains do have some nutritional value, but if you have diabetes or simply want to eat a lower carb, healthier lifestyle, it’s a good idea to limit the amount of grains you eat. Refined grains, in particular, can spike your blood sugar levels dramatically. These granola bars are composed of nuts and seeds, egg, chocolate, maple syrup, and coconut. They are high in healthy fat and protein, which makes them very diabetic friendly! Pecans are high in magnesium and vitamin B6, too, which is a combination that can help alleviate anxiety (I wrote about that in my last post).
Before we get to the recipe for the Grain Free Maple Granola Bars, I want to invite you to join with others who are making healthy changes. I’d love to walk alongside you in your journey towards wholeness and health! Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full!” Freedom from food addictions is part of having a truly full life.
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Grain Free Maple Granola Bars
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Grain Free Maple Granola Bars are a healthy, delicious snack or breakfast. They're gluten and dairy free, as well as paleo and diabetic friendly.
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease an 8x8 glass baking dish with coconut oil.
Combine all of the ingredients in your food processor and pulse it until it is well mixed and it looks like the right consistency for granola bars.
Press the mixture into your greased baking dish, making sure to compress it and smooth out the top.
Bake the bars for about 25 minutes, or until the top feels crispy. Make sure to bake them long enough to crispen up, but don't over bake them.
Let the bars cool for 15 minutes before cutting into pieces. Let them finish cooling on a wire rack.
If you have to keep the carbs really low, I recommend replacing 2 tablespoons of the maple syrup with xylitol. Xylitol is not a paleo approved food, but it is low carb, natural, and may even have some health benefits. I also recommend replacing the paleo chocolate chips with very dark chocolate chunks if you are diabetic.