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"on-the-go" Snack

As I have mentioned many times I have the pleasure of working alongside my darling assistant all summer.  I can't tell you how much I love and adore this girl.  She came into my life when she was just a young little girl and I have had the pleasure of watching her grow into a precious, godly, and darling young woman.  There are so many things I love about working with AG, but I think my favorite is hearing her come in the door bearing a beautiful smile and greeting me with a lovely "good morning".  I love this girl so much, her little notes of encouragement and prayers are so coveted by me and my family.  Everyone should have an AG in their life. 

Isn't she darling?? 

A few weeks ago she came to work very excited about a new snack she had made and had bars to share with me.  They are de-licious and you will love them.  I would suggest making more than one batch, you will have an issue just eating one!  She wrote this post to share her new favorite "on-the-go" snack which I highly recommend.  

I am so proud of her ability to write fabulous blog posts ... she is a gem for sure!

Anna Grace - 

I immediately started to slice them and then remembered I had to take a picture ... yes they are that temptingly delicious

One of my favorite bloggers (P.S. check out her Instagram @songofstyle it is my daily inspiration).  She has started sharing her spontaneous, late night cooking recipes for when she has to catch a flight and wants a healthy snack. She and I are both lovers of snacking so I had to try out her snack suggestions. I have tried a few of her super easy recipes and today I am sharing my favorite ... the Raw Bar. She posted the video tutorial if you get stuck, but today I will share with you how I like to keep mine simple. 

1 cup Quick Oats
4 tbsp Chia Seeds
1/4 cup Sunflower Seeds
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste 
note: I do not add and I still love them
Olive Oil
12 Dates, Pitted and Chopped
note: make sure they are the sticky Medjool kind ... the dried ones from that aisle in the market will not do
Unsweetened Coconut Flakes for Topping

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2) Mix with a large wooden spoon the oats, chia seeds, and coconut oil together in a bowl, evenly coating the granola mixture with the oil. Spread evenly on parchment paper that is lightly coated in olive oil on a tray.

3) Bake for 15 minutes, stir, and then bake another 15 minutes more, or until golden brown. 

4) Let cool for five minutes.

5) To create the bars, mix the warm granola with the chopped dates note: she shows how she pits and slices them in the video if you need help in a large bowl. Massage with your hands so that each tiny date piece is coated in the granola and that the mixture is as sticky as possible.

6) Line a glass dish with parchment paper and evenly press the date and granola mixture into the prepared dish. Sprinkle coconut flakes on top to taste note: I use a lot!

7) Cover the top with plastic wrap and freeze the bars for 2-3 hours.

8) Slice and serve.

9) To store, wrap the bars in parchment paper and store in freezer. note: I put my wrapped bars in tupperware but typically I eat so much there's hardly any left to store.

I love these bars for many reasons. There is no added sugar, they are super healthy, the chia seeds provide energy, and they are the perfect "on-the-go" snack. They will be crumbly in some places and I will just eat that excess with a spoon ... it's that good. You can even just double the granola portion of the recipe and I would add that granola to my yogurt or smoothie for my breakfast the next day. 

They truly are delicious. I have made them with girlfriends as well as brought them into work to share with Paige. And as a plus in my book ... they are a super cute Instagram post! Make sure to tag @paigeminear and @heyitsmeagb so we can see your bars aka me be jealous that you are about to enjoy them. And comment down below what you think of them too ... I promise they won't disappoint! 

Anna Grace

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