Throw away the ‘smack’ bars – my hunger-busting apple pie granola bars

The scene is set – it’s 11am in a busy office, you’re trying to press on with your to do list, but your concentration is waning and your colleagues are not enjoying the awkward soundtrack provided by your rumbling tummy.
You just need a quick fix. Anything will do. One of said colleagues offers you a Nutrigrain or a Special K bar. That’s healthy right? You readily accept and scuttle back to your desk.

The plot thickens – after you’ve got your snack on you check the ingredients list on the wrapper. WHAT THE FRUIT-BASED-SNACK-BAR – it’s loaded with sugar and ingredients you can’t even pronounce. Is your colleague trying to poison you!? Probably not. Our guess is they thought it was healthy too.
So here’s the 411 on snack bars, or smack bars as we like to call them due to their addictive levels of the white stuff (sugar). They aren’t healthy. They might be low in calories but they are full of all kinds of crap that will make you feel sluggish, bloated and tired.
We are super excited to share with you our delicious apple pie granola bars – honestly they are one of the yummiest snacks we’ve ever had, we can’t stop eating them! They are fabulous for al desko nibbling as they contain lots of oats (which give you a slow release of energy), apples (full of antioxidants), pecans (with their good fats and digestion-friendly fibre) and cinnamon (for blood sugar regulation and better brain function).
  • 3 medium apples
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups gluten free oats
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup sultanas or chopped dates

Chop up the apples and blend in a food processor until they reach a purée-like consistency. Pour into a mixing bowl and stir in the other ingredients. Bake at 180 degrees for around 40 minutes, until golden. Refrigerate or freeze once cooled.

Love, Mrs H xx

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