Heart Healthy Granola Bars


Granola bars are one of the easiest ways to combine many blood pressure reducing foods into one yummy snack!

I’ve been a little obsessed with the KIND bars recently. Their claim of few ingredients and being all natural got me, but they’re quite expensive, aren’t they?! And even then, they’re still processed. After reading many different recipes, I came up with my own concoction that is filled with the foods I’ve read are supposed to help lower blood pressure. And they’re tastier than anything I’ve ever bought at the store!

2 cups quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup sugar (adjust this amount as you would your morning coffee)
3/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup almonds
A sprinkle of sunflower seeds
(I put the three in a food processor so there wouldn’t be big pieces)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup craisins
1 tbsp. cacao powder
1/3 cup natural peanut butter
1 tbsp vanilla
6 tbsp melted butter
6 tbsp local honey (I read this story and threw out my bear and bought a local bottle)

Lightly butter a 9×13 pan and preheat your oven to 350ยบ.

Put 1/3 of the quick cooking oats in a food processor, magic bullet or whatever your tool of choice may be.

Mix the processed oats with the remaining along with sugar, nuts, chocolate chips, craisins and cacao powder.

In a separate bowl, mix together the peanut butter, vanilla, butter and honey. Pour the wet mixture into the dry and stir until all the dry is coated. The consistency reminds me and almost smells like a no-bake cookie. Mmmm! Pour the mixture into the pan and press down firmly. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack until cool enough to stick in the fridge for about 20 minutes. Then cut and enjoy!