Out of all the food habits I have accumulated over the years, I can safely say the one that has proved most beneficial, BY FAR, is snack prepping.
As a teenager, I struggled terribly with eating disorders. I starved myself at school, and was so hungry by the time I got home that I would gorge on the first thing I saw. It was usually an unhealthy option, which made me feel heavy and bloated. I would purge to get rid of that feeling, and the whole vicious cycle continued.
During my recovery, it was vitally important to sustain a feeling of lightness in my body, or an almost involuntary purge response was triggered. My body had to relearn the physical feelings of fullness. One of the biggest factors in that process was having healthy, fresh snacks around at all times to leave me satiated and satisfied, yet comfortable.
When Brandon and I went on a week-long trip to Toronto a couple weeks ago, I brought a backpack full of energy balls, hummus, fruit, veg, and other snacks. I knew there would be limited healthy options in the airport and on the plane, and even fewer vegan options.
Having munchies like that around, ready to eat whenever, means I never get to the point of extreme hanger or low blood-sugar light-headedness. I feel vibrant and alive even while sitting on a plane all day.
These No-Bake Granola Bars are one of my favourite snacks to make. They are chalk full of plant protein, and a whole shwack of healthy fats that stabilize blood sugar levels and keep energy balanced throughout the day.
These bars come together in less than 10 minutes, which is a God send in the world of snack prep. You can sub out any of the dried fruits and seeds for your personal preference. Just keep the ratios the same so they bind well.
Although these bars are ‘no-bake’, you can toast the oats in the oven first for 12-15 minutes at 350°F if you like. This makes them crunchier and more fragrant, but is not necessary.
The best part about these granola bars is you barely need to wait for them to thaw – 3-5 minutes out of the freezer and they’re good to go! Talk about a true hanger-saver!!
Alright my dears, let’s grab our goodies and mmmix up some of these insanely delicious, hanger-kickin’, Happy Hiker No-Bake Granola Bars!
**You can read more about my recovery from eating disorders and path to wellness in a new “Life” section of the blog, coming in just a few short weeks. I will discuss everything from the demons that impeded my recovery, to advice I wish to spread to everyone who shares the same struggle. For now, whether you have had body issues or not, I want to remind you of how insanely BEAUTIFUL and CHERISHED you are. This world would not be the same without you in it, and I am so honoured to share space with you. =D <3**
Happy Hiker No-Bake Granola Bars
These no-bake granola bars take less than 10 minutes to prepare, and make for an incredibly delicious breakfast or snack on the go!
- 2 cups quick oats
- 1/2 cup puffed rice cereal chopped into small pieces
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup sesame seeds
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup hemp hearts
- ½ cup raisins
- 1/2 cup dried cherries chopped into small pieces
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup coconut oil melted
- 1 cup nut butter I use cashew-almond butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ tsp salt
If toasting the oats, preheat the oven to 350 °F (177 °C). Lay the oats in a single layer on a baking sheet, and toast in the middle of the oven for 12-15 minutes. They will be fragrant and slightly crunchy, but not browned. To make these bars completely no-bake, skip this step.
- Melt the coconut oil in a small pot over low heat.
- Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl, and mix with your hands to fully incorporate the nut butter and melted coconut oil.
Add the mixture to a 9”x12” dish lined with parchment. Press down firmly with your fingers to work it into the corners. Add another piece of parchment to the top and continue to press down with your hands to make the surface as firm, flat, and even as possible.
Cover and freeze for at least 4 hours before removing and slicing into bars with a large, sharp chef’s knife.
Makes 14 3"x1.7" bars. Bars keep up to 1 month in sealed glass container in the freezer.
As always, nutritional information is a rough estimate. For a full explanation of nutritional analysis, please read our Disclaimer.
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Looking for more easy, delicious snack ideas? Check out my Big Boy Bites, Easy Olive Tapenade, and Spicy Red Pepper Hummus. Packed with healthy fats and protein to keep your energy peaked when you’re on the go!