I don't have an interesting story to include with this recipe (not that any of my other stories are at all interesting), so I'll just go ahead with the recipe!
Live Granola Bars
Many raw foodists call their cuisine "live" because their food has not been cooked over 116 degrees and because it consists of plants, not deceased animals. To be specific, though, a food is not considered live unless it was in the process of germination or growth when harvested and used. For instance, using almonds to make almond butter wouldn't be considered live because the almonds were in their dormant state when processed. However, if you were to soak the almonds overnight, you would have a different story. Soaking nuts or seeds causes them to release the enzyme inhibitors that protect the seed from germinating in unfavorable conditions. Once they are soaked, however, it's as if they now know they are ready to grow, so the enzyme inhibitors are released into the soak water and the nutrient content of the seed multiplies exponentially. I haven't actually figured out how this happens, but it does and it's amazing! Therefore, a soaked almond (having soaked for 4 to 8 hours) would be considered a live food because it is ready to grow.
Enter the live granola bars. These are amazingly healthy bars and astoundingly filling! After eating just half of one as an after school snack with the kids, every time I even looked at a bar later that evening, I suddenly felt so not hungry! Not that they tasted bad, mind you! It's just that they were so, so filling and I wasn't all too hungry the rest of the evening. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.
So the thing that makes these granola bars living are the sunflower seeds that had been soaked overnight and the raisins (as long as they weren't heated over 116 degrees). And to add to the nutritional value, these bars are one quarter sesame seeds. Do you know how much iron sesame seeds have? 14.5 mgs per 100 gram serving (about 2/3 cup). A piece of steak with the same weight has only 2.8 mgs of iron. That was shocking to me. So maybe when my OB told me that I needed to go out and eat more hamburgers to help with my pregnancy-induced anemia (as an onmivore), he meant because of the sesame seed bun, not the patty! No, I'm just kidding, I'm just happy to have found something with so much iron, as that is a mineral vegans need to make sure they get enough of.
So here's the recipe. Enjoy!
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups raw sesame seeds
2 cups sunflower seeds (soaked for 8 to 12 hours)
2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon sea salt
2/3 cup nut butter (such as peanut, almond, cashew)
2/3 cup raw honey (must be raw as the solidity is important to the texture)
10 tablespoons coconut oil (slightly heated until it becomes a liquid (about 78 degrees))
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup raisins
1 cup chocolate chips
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients expect the raisins and the chocolate chips. It may be easier to wash your hands very well and mix it by hand rather than using a spoon. Next, divide the dough in half into two smaller bowls, and add the raisins to one and the chocolate chips to the other. I do this because I love granola bars with raisins, but my kids love them with chocolate chips! To set the bars, line two casserole dishes with wax paper and press the dough into the pans. Chill in the refrigerator or freezer, then cut to shape. These can then be wrapped in foil and stored in the fridge or just kept in the fridge in the casserole dish to be picked at periodically throughout the day. That's what we do! Oh, and here's what they look like...
And guess what? This bar looks even MORE delicious if you click to enlarge!
If you try this recipe, let me know how your family likes it! Have a great one!
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