With St. Patrick’s day around the corner I wanted to create a healthy green snack! What better than these, alkalising green pumpkin seed granola bars. Packed with delicious nutriants that taste amazing! Add these to your meal plan and meal prep these this week, to have readily available when hunger strikes!
Never heard of alkalising? It is a green super food powder supplement. Loaded with pre and probiotics to support gut health, packed with calcium, magnesium, and zinc all helping to support your body and maintain pH balance!
- 115 g Quick Oats, (1¼ cups)
- 95 g Pumpkin Seeds, (¾ cups)
- 25 g Puffed Rice Cereal, (½ cups)
- 35 g Dried Cranberries, (¼ cups)
- ¼ tsp Salt
- 8 g Alkalising Powder, (optional, if not used the bars wont be green)
- ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 45 g Tahini, (¼ cups)
- 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 100 g Sugar Free Syrup, (½ cups)
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- Pre-heat over to 325°
- Line a baking sheet with pachment paper or tin foil. Spread the oats and pumpkin seeds into an even layer and bake at 325° for 10-15 minutes until the oats and the pumpkin seeds start to turn brown. Toss 1/2 way thru the cooking process.
- In a large bowl combine dry ingredients: puffed rice cereal, dried cranberries, salt, ground cinnamo, and alkalising powder.
- Add the toasted oats and almonds to the large bowl with the other dry ingredients.
- In a small saucepan combine the tahini, coconut oil, syrup, and vanilla. Cook on medium low heat whisking together for 3-5 minutes, be sure not to over cook.
- After warming the wet ingredients, pour them immediately into the large bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix everything together until well combined and all ingredients are wet.
- Line a brownie pan with parchment paper, then pour the mix into the lined pan. Press the mix firmly into the pan, in one even layer, paying attention to the corners. You want everything as tightly packed as possible, to ensure when you cut your bars they dont crumble apart.
- Place in the fridge for 2-3 hours to cool and set completely. Pop out of the tray by grabbing onto the sides of the overlapping parchment paper. Set onto a cutting board and cut into 8 bars.
- Keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- Are you trying to get better at meal planning?
- Sick of eating the same boring recipes all the time?
If you are bored of eating the same recipes every week and answered yes to these questions, then you are going to want to check out my notes below. Tips on how you can incorporate these alkalising green pumpkin seed granola bars into your meal plan and meal prep.
NOTES FOR MEAL PLANNING:
Meal planning doesn’t have to be hard or take a lot of time. In fact, meal planning can be fun when you are provided with easy new recipes each week. Meal Planning can also help save money, prevent food waste, and save you time.
If you love granola bars, you are going to love these bars!
NOTES FOR MEAL PREP:
Once you have made these alkalising green pumpkin seed granola bars, you will want to store them in the fridge for up to two weeks.
I do not recommend freezing these bars, the will dry out a little too much.
NOTES FOR COUNTING MACROS:
Typically I give tips on how you can adjust my recipes to meet your macro requirements. However, when it comes to baking that can be a little more difficult. Additionally, the adjustments that could be made, do not effect the protein, carb, and fat macros enough to make a real impact. My recommendation would be to enjoy this recipe as is.
However, you could make adjustments to:
- The type of seeds/nuts used: Pumpkins, cashew, peanuts, pine, almonds…anything your heart desires.
- The kind of dried fruit can also be adjusted. You can choose to use any of your favorite dried fruit.
I hope that you choose to add these alkalising green pumpkin seed granola bars into your meal plan and meal prep this week!
Do you love St. Patrick’s day? Are you looking for a delicious dip to serve your guest, or just pig out on all by your self?
Check out this Creamy Feta Cheese Dip made by my friend Kimberly at Nourish Well Move Often!
Nothing is worse than food waste. If you have additional oats you are looking to use, check out my:
MEAL PREPPING AND LOOKING FOR THE RIGHT CONTAINERS
I personally prefer glass containers over plastic for several reasons:
- Glass containers don’t scratch, meaning you can eat your prepped meals right out of your containers and not worry about those extra dishes. Did you know that once a plastic container is scratched you should toss it out? The scratch in a plastic container can hold germs and bacteria.
- Glass is free from chemicals. Sure, you can buy BPA free plastic containers but who knows what else makes up plastic. It’s better to just go with glass and not have to worry about contaminating your food with the plastic containers.
- They are microwave, dishwasher, oven, fridge, and freezer safe. Again making life just that much easier: fewer dishes when re-heating, you can cook the initial prep right in the glass container…all of which makes clean up a breeze.
- Food re-heats more evenly in a glass container.
- With glass, food stays fresher longer. Strange tastes and smalls aren’t absorbed into your food, the way they can from plastic containers.
- Additionally, Glass containers last longer. So while they might cost a little more up front, you will save money in the long run over having to replace plastic.