Omega 3 fatty acids. Ever heard of 'em? They are essential to your brain and overall health. Your body loves 'em and personally so do I. Why? Become we can consume them through all sorts of yummy foods such as salmon and other fish, oils, flax seeds, walnuts and pumpkin seeds for example. And I also love knowing how I'm giving my body the good stuff it needs to do it's job.
Here's just a couple reasons how your body uses Omega 3 fatty acids:
- Curb inflammation
- Regulate blood clotting
- Rebuild cell membranes
- Encourage healthy cell growth
In fact, I'm so into making sure that I'm getting enough Omega - 3's in my body that I take a fish oil supplement every day. I do this because Omega 3's are something that our body does NOT produce, but it's an essential part of our diet. That's how committed I am to Omega 3's and making sure my body gets enough.
But you know what? You can't make fun, yummy snack bars with fish oil supplements. And when my brother's best friend, his girlfriend and one of my besties are in town from the big city, there is nothing I love more than wowing them with some good ol' home cooking. Or in this case, not cooking!
It pleases me to no end to watch them devour something I've left out on the kitchen counter. Even better is when they ask me "What is this Johanna? It's delicious!"
They were demanding the recipe and now you can have it too!
Speedy No-bake Omega 3 Snack Bars
Makes 12-14 bars
1 1/2 cup rolled oats (buy certified GF oats if you’re allergic to gluten) 1 cup puffed brown rice (I used Arrowhead Mills) 1/3 cup hemp seeds 1/4 cup dried coconut 1/3 cup finely chopped apricot (raisins, goji berries, or cranberries will all be great–be creative!) 4 tbsp chia seed 2 tbsp flax meal 2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
1/2 cup date paste, agave or maple syrup (date paste is slightly less sweet, so you may use a bit more of you use it) 6 tbsp salt-kissed sunflower seed butter OR peanut butter
1) Mix dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
2) Mix wet ingredients by hand or in a blender or food processor.
3) Pour wet ingredients over dry, mix well, and press down into a shallow, rectangular baking dish lined with saran wrap. Cover with another layer of saran, and press down evenly to form a smooth surface. Refrigerate for a few hours, cut into 12-14 bars, and serve!
As always, thanks to Choosing Raw for the inspiration.
Now tell me, what's your favorite snack bar recipe?