Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Trail Bars pack a healthy punch with oats, chia seeds, coconut, flaxmeal, and sunflower seeds. These bars make a nutritious snack for anytime of day.
Benefits of Trail Bars
Old Fashioned Oats provide us with antioxidants, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper and other trace minerals.
Chia Seeds are rich in fiber and provide our bodies with omega-3 fats, protein, vitamins and minerals, including phosphorus, potassium.
Coconut is a nutrient dense food providing our bodies with numerous benefits. Coconut supports our immune system, improves our digestion and increases the absorption of nutrients. It improves our blood sugar and insulin levels.
Flaxmeal (ground up raw flax seeds)are known for their rich source of omega-3’s. Flax seeds are high in fiber and antioxidants. Flax seeds are numerous vitamins and minerals, but is most known as one of the highest magnesium sources.
Sunflower Seeds contain an essential nutrient to our body, selenium. These seeds are consumed for their high magnesium content. Sunflower seeds also contain two important nutrients, vitamin E and folate.
Coconut Sugar has trace minerals and nutrients such as zinc, potassium, calcium and iron. It is known to be a healthier sweetener choice due to a fiber called inulin. This fiber aids in slow glucose absorption, which makes it healthier choice for those with blood sugar concerns.
Are you excited to try one yet?? I just love reading about all the nutrients found in these Trail Bars. It is hard not to find pleasure in such wholesome food ingredients.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Trail Bars Printable Recipe
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Trail Bars
- 3 c. old fashioned gluten-free oatmeal
- 1 c. unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 c. raw sunflower seeds
- 1/4 c. chia seeds
- 1/4 c. organic flaxmeal
- 1/4 c. organic coconut sugar
- 1/4 c. pure maple syrup
- 1/3 c. unsweetened apple sauce
- 2 large organic eggs
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 2/3 c. organic butter or coconut oil, melted
- 3/4 c Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, add all the dry ingredients. Mix well with a whisk or spatula.
In a saucepan, melt the butter or coconut oil. Remove from the heat & add to the dry ingredients.
Add the remaining wet ingredients; applesauce, vanilla, eggs, and maple syrup. Stir until all the wet ingredients are mixed in well.
Fold in chocolate chips.
Prepare a baking sheet, 15" x 10" with unbleached parchment paper. Evenly spread the trail bar mixture on to the baking sheet.
Bake for 18-20 minutes until slightly brown along the edges. Remove and cool on a wire rack.
Once the bars are cool, cut them into bars. They will stay fresh for a couple days in the pantry. For longer storage, they freeze well.
Finding the Ingredients
Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashioned Oats, Let’s Do Organic Shredded Coconut Unsweetened, Frontier Co-op Organic Vanilla Extract, Wholesome Organic Coconut Sugar and Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips can all be purchased online at www.vitacost.com.
I purchase raw sunflower seeds and chia seeds at my local cooperative health food store in the bulk section.
Organic butter and organic flaxmeal can be purchased at your local grocery store. They might be in the health food section of the store.
I make my own applesauce and freeze it in 1 c. jelly jars. We have a flock of laying hens that provide us with organic free-range eggs. Before we had chickens, we bought from local farmers or at the local meat market for our fresh eggs.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Trail Bars provide a pure source of quick healthy energy.
When do you enjoy your Trail Bars? I welcome your feedback!