Reset Challenge Week Two Recipe

I want to unpack this week’s topic a bit more. Take a look at a Quaker Oats Peanut Butter Protein Bar. It contains 12 grams of sugar (3 teaspoons) which is almost a third of the amount of sugar you need per day.

Below are the ingredients in the bar. I’ve highlighted the names of sugar as a reference point.

quaker oat barWHOLE GRAIN ROLLED OATS, INVERT SUGAR, SOYPROTEIN ISOLATE, PEANUTS, FRUCTOSE, WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE, BROWN SUGAR, OAT FLOUR, SEMISWEET CHOCOLATE CHIPS (SUGAR,CHOCOLATE LIQUOR, COCOA BUTTER, SOY LECITHIN, VANILLAEXTRACT), GLYCERIN, HONEY, TAPIOCA SYRUP, ENRICHED WHEATFLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINMONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), WATER, SUGAR, SOY LECITHIN, RICE STARCH, PALM OIL, CANOLA OIL, PALM KERNEL OIL,NATURAL FLAVOR, MALTED BARLEY EXTRACT, SALT, XANTHAN GUM,SODIUM BICARBONATE, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), NONFATDRY MILK, TOCOPHEROLS (PRESERVATIVE), CORN STARCH, MODIFIEDCORN STARCH, CELLULOSE GUM, ALMONDS, CASHEWS, VEGETABLE OIL [PEANUT, COTTONSEED, HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN AND/ORSUNFLOWER SEED].

 

Thankfully, there are alternatives on the market that are minimally processed and are better options. And this week’s recipe is a no bake, homemade take on the granola bar.

The medjool dates are used as the sweetener and can be found in the produce section on the grocery store. These are the perfect on-the-go breakfast, afternoon snack or a guilty-free dessert.

Mighty Energy Bites

Makes 12-16 bites

Ingredients:Mighty Energy Bites

  • ½ cup peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • 2 TB ground flax seeds
  • 1 cup medjool dates
  • 1 cup gluten free oats (Bob’s Red Mill is my favorite brand)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (look for one without high fructose corn syrup)
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder, cocoa powder or chocolate protein powder
  • 2 TB Water (add more if needed)

Instructions:

  1. In food processor (or blender), pulse oats until the are roughly ground. You still want some texture. Place oats in a separate bowl.
  2. Add medjool dates to food processor and blend for 1 minute, until paste forms. Add peanut butter and blend until combined.
  3. Add oats and remaining ingredients and blend until combined. The dough should be moist, easy to roll but slightly sticky. Add more water if needed.
  4. Rolls into 1″ balls. Freeze for 1 hour or refrigerate overnight.

Be careful, they are addicting. I make a big batch and freeze some for later.

I want to hear from you. What was your biggest take-a-way from this week’s topic of Ignorance is not Bliss. Are you surprised with how much sugar is lurking in your food? Share your thoughts with the Facebook group. #PYNUTRITION