Who doesn’t love a deliciously oaty, seedy granola bar? No-one! OK well maybe they’re not up some people’s street but that doesn’t sounds quite as good in a paragraph now does it…
Anyway so why have I bothered to come up with a recipe for my own if there are plenty of variations already available? A great question and I’m glad you asked 😉
My bugbear with all the many (many!) recipes I’ve ever read is that they contain either huge amounts of maple syrup/honey/agave or have instead exchanged these for equally large quantities of dried fruits like dates or figs. Now I am not holding my hands up and saying we should never eat these things but it does irritate me when they are classed as healthy because they still have a blood sugar perturbing effect.
So how have I got around this? Well I have absolutely maxed out on the seeds and oats so the protein and fibre content balances the small amount of carefully considered dried fruit I’ve chosen to include. By opting for tart cherries and blueberries over the more classic choices like the ones I mentioned previously or raisins etc not only do you massively decrease the sugar content but they also have additional benefits – tart cherries are a dietary source of melatonin to aid restful sleep and blueberries are packed to the rafters with antioxidants.
So I’m not quite saying sugar is the devil (or am I…) but if you are going to go sweet make your choices smart and opt for naturally sweet fresh fruit as your main sweetener over refined syrups which really aren’t that great for us at all 😀