For March’s Secret Recipe Club, I was pair up with Nicole of Prevention RD. Nicole’s a registered dietitian who turned her interest in healthy living into a career and who, like myself, has had difficulty with weight in high school but has essentially kept it off since then. Each one of her posts is written with such passion and knowledge and illustrated with such beautiful photos, that’s it’s really easy to find yourself reading post after post after post!
It was so difficult for me to choose just one recipe from Nicole’s blog – there were so many healthy and delicious choices (and some with gluten free options as well!) I think my pinterest account is testament to this: I’ve pinned so many amazing looking recipes! Some of my favourites were the Peanut Butter Honeycomb Pie (perhaps not the healthiest choice, but it looks AMAZING), sweet and salty olive oil granola clusters, Lentil Tacos and Chickpea Pot-pie with Cornbread Crust. I also really love that her recipe index comes with ratings of everything she’s made.
After much deliberation, I decided to make Nicole’s Low-Fat Granola with Bananas, Cranberries and Pecans. I was so impressed to find a granola bar recipe that didn’t have any kind of sweetener in it: that’s right, a granola bar with NO honey, sugar, agave or maple syrup.
I made a half batch as I didn’t think that I could eat a whole 9×13″ tray. Being me, I did make a few ingredient changes to make things even healthier and more protein filled:
1 c. GF rolled oats
1/2 c. quinoa flakes
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1/4 c. chopped almonds
1/2 c. apple juice sweetened dried cranberries (WAY better than conventional sugar sweetened ones in my opinion!)
1/3 c. chopped un-sulphured dried apricots
1 tbsp. ground chia seed (me and flax do not get along.)
They turned out fairly well – the texture is more like a cross between a granola bar and a chewy cookie. I think that I added too much chia that made things a bit weird texture wise (I guess I should learn that 1 tbsp whole chia is way more than 1 tbsp when ground. Oops.) but adding chia just makes these granola bars even more of a nutritional powerhouse!
Thank you Nicole for having such a lovely blog – it really was a pleasure to read through all of your recipes and to learn more about you!
Check out the rest of Secret Recipe Club’s group D recipes here: