RECIPE: Grab and Go Gluten-Free Granola Bars

granola bars

How many of you would like something healthy and delicious that you can grab on the go, that doesn’t have a ton of sugar AND doesn’t cost $2.00 a bar?

These delicious energy-packing granola bars are great for a breakfast bite, a hike, a quick nibble, or crumbled over your granola.

You can add dried fruit , coconut, or, if you want a chocolate fix, add cacao powder or chocolate chips!

In a food processor combine:

6 – 8 Dates, pitted

1/2 cup Rolled oats (not instant oatmeal; the slow cook kind, mine were trader Joes organic, all natural and naturally gluten-free)

1/2 cup sunflower seeds (don’t use the ones with chemicals and preservatives in them, just plain sunflower seeds– salted ok)
I actually used just under 1/2 c sunflower seeds and through in some chia seeds to complete the 1/2 cup, which is tastier and more healthy, you could also throw in some flax seeds or coconut
2 heaping Tbsp of all-natural Almond butter 
5 dashes cinnamon (around 1/2 Tbsp or 1-2 tsp, because I love cinnamon, and it’s super good for you, and smells delicious!)
pinch of sea salt
Spread in to glass, container with sealable lid.  You could cut them in to cubes and wrap in wax paper so they are ready to grab on the go, but I usually store them in the fridge, and cut in to small cubes when I need a quick, healthy, nutritious snack!

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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