I read healthy-living forums and see the same question asked over and over. “What are some healthy go-to foods I should incorporate into my diet?” Time and again, apples are among the suggestions that come up, because not only are they a low-calorie snack to help keep your weight in check, they’re also packed with nutrition!
Apples are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.
Since this month is Apple Month I thought it was the perfect time to share some of my favorite apple recipes with my readers. Lately, I’ve been a fan of energy bars – keeping one in my purse at all times should I get hungry on the go. It helps me resist the urge to hit the drive through and also ensures I get a nutritious snack that will hold my appetite until my next meal. It’s important to me that my energy bars are not high in calories, but also fill me up while tasting good.
These Apple Cinnamon Energy Bars are super easy to make and my kids love them too! They come in at just 171 calories per bar.
Try them out and let me know if you make them!
- 2 cups pecans (8 oz)
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1.5 cups pitted and halved dates (I used a 354g pkg)
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp salt
- 3 medium sized apples, chopped (approx 2 cups) I used Mcintosh but Granny Smith would be good too!
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and spread the pecans and oats in a single layer, then bake for 10 minutes.
- While it's baking, line a casserole dish with parchment paper, leaving extra paper on either side to use as handles later.
- After baking, place the toasted nuts and pecans in a food processor. To do this, make the parchment paper into a funnel and pour it in.
- Add the dates, cinnamon and salt, then process mixture until course and crumbly.
- Add the apples and pulse until there are no large chunks left. I found it easier to take out about half the pecan/oats mixture first, to make more room for the apples to get good and chopped up, then add back the pecan oats and continue mixing.
- Transfer the mixture to your casserole dish using a wide flat spatula to get a consistent flat top once placed. Folding the parchment paper handles inward and flattening with your hand works well.
- Bake in oven for 20 minutes. Remove and let sit for 15 minutes then lift out of the pan and cut into bars.
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