Gluten-Free Apple & Chia Energy Bars
Grabbing a breakfast bar in the morning and running out the door to work is a common habit for most people. But, let’s take a moment to think about what kind of bars people are grabbing and what’s lurking inside these seemingly ‘healthy’ snacks.
You can’t walk into a grocery store these days without being bombarded by boxes and boxes of granola bars. Parents pack them in lunch bags for kids; adults shove them in their pockets to eat at work. Packaged granola bars, whether soft and chewy or crispy and crunchy, fill the cupboards and backpacks of most American and Canadian consumers.
And, these sweet, convenient snacks are bought in good faith. Advertisers glorify manufactured granola bars, protein bars, and energy bars as ‘healthy’ and a ‘great choice’. But are they really a great choice?
If you were to flip any of the mainstream snack bars over and inspect their ingredients list, you would notice that the number one ingredient in all of them is sugar. Rarely do you find a snack bar that is only sweetened with fruit or natural stevia.
And, here’s something surprising…
Food manufactures can get away without listing sugar as the first, main ingredient in their food products by dividing the sugar content into different types. For example, instead of a snack bar containing just white sugar as its main ingredient, manufacturers will add white sugar, honey, high fructose corn syrup and dextrose to their food products so that these separate sugar ingredients fall lower on the ingredients list, thus giving the consumer the assumed notion that they are picking a healthy snack that isn’t rammed with sugar.
Start to look at every ingredients list and see how many different types of sugars are listed. If you were to add all of the sugar types up, the number one ingredient in that food product will most likely be, sugar.
We are all being fooled by food manufacturers. You are being duped into thinking that sugar isn’t the main ingredient in the packaged foods that you buy because manufacturers are allowed to make it seem as if their food items don’t contain that much sugar.
After all, most people don’t know that there are 64 different names for sugar. It’s easy to hide it in plain site because the average consumer does not know how to identify it.
And, so I’m in protest. I think it’s ridiculous that 80% of our manufactured food contains added sugar, and most of us don’t even know that it’s the main ingredient.
I made this recipe for Gluten-Free & Sugar-Free Apple, Chia Protein Bars to support my protest. You can easily make your own snack bar that is crazy delicious and doesn’t contain any chemical, additive, or heaps of unhealthy sugar. You can join the protest with me, and stand-up for the right to have a healthy body.
Take your breakfast bar experience back! And, give the finger to sugar laden, chemical containing, unhealthy and unreal manufactured food. Your body deserves better.
- 4 large red apples
- 1/4 cup of water
- 2 tablespoons of cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of sugar-free vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon of all spice
- 1/2 cup of chia seeds
- 1 cup of shredded coconut
- 2 big pinches of salt
- Optional: 3 Medjool dates or 1/4 teaspoon of liquid stevia
- 1 cup of chopped and crushed nuts or seeds as a topping
- This recipe requires a food processor & dehydrator.
- In a food processor place the 1/4 cup of water & cut up apples, one handful at a time. With each handful turn the food processor on until the apple is smooth.
- When all of the apples are processed smooth in the food processor, add all other ingredients except the chopped nuts or seeds (they are a topping)
- Take 2 Teflex covered dehydrator trays, and divide the apple and chia seed mixture into two equal portions on each tray.
- Smooth the mixture out on each tray into a large rectangle that is approximately 1 cm thick.
- Sprinkle chopped nuts and seeds on top of the rectangles, and gently press them into the top of the energy bar mixture.
- Place the trays in your dehydrator, set to 116 degrees F, for 6-hours+.
- After the initial 2-hours, score the protein bar mixture into bar shapes using a dull knife.
- After 4-hours flip the bars over, and continue dehydrating for an additional 2-hours.
- You want the bars to be dried enough so that the bars are not floppy. You want them to be soft yet ridged.
- Keep dehydrating your bars until they reach this state.
- Store your bars in a tight container or zip lock bag.