What's this all about?
We love whole grains! We have found that we prefer their flavor. They are also far healthier than the refined foods which characterize the typical modern diet.
Switching to whole grains helps maintain a low glycemic diet. That means you will have more sustainable energy levels throughout the day, and probably fewer problems with weight control.
We created this website with one goal: to build an online community of like-minded people who either share our enthusiasm about whole grains or just want to learn more about them.
|Coconut Almond Granola Bar|
|Written by Whole Grain Gourmet|
|Monday, 10 March 2008 02:52|
Our Multigrain Energy Bar recipe has, to date, been the most popular of our site. In just over two weeks, it has been viewed 2931 times... and counting. We think that reflects the fact that snacks and convenience foods are where most people have a hard time maintaining healthy eating habits. It's difficult to find packaged snacks that are naturally healthy, convenient, and affordable. In that spirit, we came up with this recipe.
We decided that a little crunch was in order and we created a nutty, crunchy, multigrain granola bar that is packed with nutrients. It is sweetened only with honey, easy to make, and should cost a lot less than the commercial equivalent.
We introduce an ingredient in this recipe that we feel has been unjustly vilified: coconut oil. Coconut oil, because it is a saturated fat, has been grouped together with unhealthy animal fats and artificially hydrogenated oils. Recent research and examination of populations whose diet is rich in coconut oil suggests otherwise. Some researchers and physicians claim that coconut oil is, in fact, very beneficial. Unlike other saturated fats, coconut oil is predominately composed of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). MCTs are metabolized differently by our bodies than the long chain triglycerides which comprise other fats. The primary fatty acid in coconut oil is lauric acid which just happens to be the principal fat found in human breast milk. Think about that for a moment.
As with olive oil, the best coconut oil is cold pressed virgin oil. A google search will turn up ample information on coconut oil, although not all of it is from what I would characterized as impartial sources. I think this site sums things up well.
Coconut oil also tastes great! Combined with roasted almonds, 7 grains, sesame seeds, honey, and apricots, it creates a delicious, nutty, lightly sweetened bar that we think you will enjoy as much as we do.
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