In this episode of Clean Eating with Arielle Haspel, you'll be making homemade protein granola bars. These protein granola bars are sweet, delicious and wholesome-so much healthier than a packaged snack bar!
First you're going to prepare your dry ingredients. To a bowl, add old fashioned oats and sliced almonds. You'll also add almond flour, which lends great flavor, helps to bind the homemade granola bars together, and adds a bit of protein and healthy fats. Next you're going to add in some chia seeds, which are packed with fiber and protein! To sweeten it up, add coconut palm sugar, which is a lower glycemic sugar. For another dose of protein and a nutty flavor, add shelled hemp seeds and pistachios. Everyone loves chocolate chips in their homemade granola bars, but make sure to use dark chocolate to add antioxidants and cut back on sugar. Mix the dry ingredients together.
In a separate bowl, prepare the wet ingredients. Add egg whites for protein and to help bind the protein granola bars together. Packaged granola bars usually use vegetable or canola oils which are unhealthy and highly processed. But in our homemade granola bars, you're going to use clean eating-approved coconut oil. Mix in vanilla extract and raw honey, then add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine well. You can also add some sea salt to the mixture. Look for grey or pink sea salt, which means all the minerals are still intact.
Next you're going to line a baking dish with parchment paper and coat it with some coconut oil. Spread the granola into the pan, then bake at 350 for just 30-35 minutes. Let cool then cut into bars and enjoy!
These protein granola bars are a great option for breakfast on the go, and the whole family will love them as a healthy snack. No additives, no processed sugars, just pure deliciousness!