Monday, April 4, 2011

Baseball snacks: {Sugar free} Trail mix bars

I've mentioned more than once my aversion to refined sugar for breakfast; I'm broadening my scope to baseball snacks as well.  I'm not that keen on making everything we take to the ball park, but reading ingredients doesn't leave me much choice.  So many items seem to be healthy, but on second glance are loaded with sugar or some kind of corn syrup.

Thankfully I found an alternative recipe for trail mix bars here I thought would be a hit with a few *almost famous* tweaks.  After only one trial batch, the baintrain has encouraged me to keep these stocked in the fridge.  I'm positive this is one of our new pre-game staple recipes.   **note: I highly recommend researching why soaking nuts is advisable before making this or any other nut-based recipe.

::{sugar-free} Trail Mix Bars::
Makes one loaf pan = about 16 bars 
1 1/2 c Almonds
1 c Pecans
1/2 c pumpin seeds
1/2 c sunflower seeds
1/4 c raisins
1/2 c unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 c raw honey or agave 
1/2 c almond butter
1/4 c coconut oil

In a small saucepan melt coconut oil with almond butter.  Remove from heat and add honey or agave.
Rough chop the almonds and pecans, pour them into a bowl and add raisins, coconut, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.
Add the coconut oil/agave/almond butter mixture and stir well.  
Press into a loaf pan and pop in the freezer for about an hour to set. 
Cut into bars,  and keep in fridge. Unless you hide them, they won't last long.

Every single person in our family made the "mmmm" sound eating these.   

Linked here there and yon: Jen, Frugal Rachel, Kristin, Laura, Alli Sara and Kelly


Brenda said...

This sounds good! I like this for traveling easy to eat in the car. I like that it is sugar free and full of healthy proteins! Stopping over from Dr. Laura's Tasty Tuesday! Can't wait to check out the rest of your site!

Kirstin said...

Thank you for girls are soccer players and I'm always looking for something healthy to pack along for the games! Though I totally dislike coconut and anything that remotely smells like coconut. do they make a light tasting coconut oil, or is there something else you can replace for the shredded coconut and coconut oil.


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