Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Dementia Busting Granola Bars

I enjoy reading recipes online and seeing the pictures that show the food in various stages of preparation as well as the completed product.  This picture shows my healthy granola bars in a stage of their journey.  That stage is known as ALMOST GONE!  These little squares are so dad-gone good (yes, that’s a good Southern phrase and I have no clue what it means!), and they don’t last long around my house. 
Eating healthy and exercising reduces your chances of Alzheimer’s by 50%!  Get started today by making these healthy granola bars for breakfast or a snack!  If you don’t like raisins, substitute craisins or leave them out entirely.  
Hope that gives you Something To Ponder (and something to eat!). 
Dementia Busting Granola Bars
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed meal mixed with ¼ cup water
1 cup raw sugar
1 tablespoon Ener-G egg replacer mixed with ¼ cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cups whole wheat pastry flour
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup raisins
1 cup bran meal
¼ cup sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Combine the flaxseed meal mixture and the Ener-G mixture with the applesauce and vanilla.  Add the remaining ingredients.  Spread into one large piece on a cookie sheet.  Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the desired crunchiness for granola bars.  Some people like them soft, and some people like them crunchy.  Let cool.  Slice into squares or bars.  Hold yourself back, or you might eat them all!
This recipe is adapted from a recipe in THE ENGINE 2 DIET.  Click here to order this wonderful book and learn about plant-based eating.  I HIGHLY recommend you add it to your library and your recipe book collection.  

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