Gluten-Free, Nut-Free Granola Bars

Gluten-Free, Nut-Free Granola Bars

Well, I will apologize for the lack of posts lately. I had every intention to have a couple of posts up before I had this baby but, didn’t happen! So we will just roll with it and pretend I haven’t skipped a beat! However, I am happy to announce that I gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl last week and I am back home recovering. So far we are both doing well!

Gluten Free Nut Free Granola Bars

I have for you a super easy, kid friendly, school friendly granola bar recipe that will become a staple in your pantry. Gluten-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, vegan and packed full of fiber – these are truly a guilt-free snack. And you all know how much I love food that tastes good and comes with not guilt – right?

Gluten Free Nut Free Granola Bars

Gluten-Free, Nut-Free Granola Bars
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds soaked in ½ cup water
  • 1½ cups gluten-free oats
  • ¾ cup brown rice puffs
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • ¾ cup unsweetened chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a small cookie sheet with parchment paper and lightly grease.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Place on parchment paper. Take another piece of parchment paper and place on top of mixture. Using a rolling-pin, roll the mix out into an even layer, making sure that it is packed nice and tight.
  3. Bake for 35-40mins until crisp. Cut the bars as soon as they come out of the oven and set aside to cool before eating. Store in air tight container for the week.

 

Product Review: Vega Sport Sugar-Free Energizer

What the what?!?! When did it get it get to August? Ugh. Well, summer is passing by faster than I can say Donna Summers (throw back to SNL anyone?) and while I have been busy hitting up the garage sale season, swimming in the ocean and well, GROWING A HUMAN INSIDE OF ME, I have not been neglecting you on purpose, dear readers. I will update you all very soon about what has been going on but first – I have to tell you about this awesome new product that Vega has recently put out!I was super excited to try this product out when my friends at Vega approached me earlier in the month! A sugar-free, naturally sweetened energizer drink that has only 5 calories!  When the product arrived at my house and I read the labels I was disappointed that I could not try it – warning label says not for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. So, I had to pass the product on to my husband to try and let me know what he thought.
VEGA SUGAR-FREE ENERGIZER

Here’s the scoop:

1. He loves that the product maintains his energy and has no ugly side effects like coffee gives him – making this a perfect substitute his normal java addiction.

2. You get two flavour choices: Lemon-Lime or Acai Berry. Both taste really good and there is no weird after taste which sometimes happens with other low-calorie drinks.

3. Worked perfect as a pick-me-up during a late night at work or before a tennis game. You will want to take this before a shorter workout such as a 30mins run, before a yoga class or a cross-fit training that is less the 30mins.

4. Cost effective: If you purchase the on-the-go packs you’re paying under $2 CND for one serving – which is actually cheaper than getting a large coffee at most cafes. AND you get a low-calorie, low-carbohydrate, sugar-free drink with some fiber in it.

Only one problem with it…

This was his only complaint. He could not get it to dissolve into a nice smooth drink whether he stirred it or shook it up in a bottle. This meant that the texture was a little gritty – almost like when you have tea leaves leak out of your tea steeper – but not to the point that he would not drink the product.

If I wasn’t pregnant and planning to breast feed for the next 12 months I would be ALL OVER the Vega Sport Sugar Free Energizer! In the meantime, I can watch my husband enjoy it. Check out their website for product purchasing & promos https://shopca.myvega.com/

This post was written by me and sponsored by Vega. These are my family’s personal opinions and text. I was not influence to write a positive review for this post and took it upon myself to tell you about this product!