Nut-Free Granola Bars

Did you know that most commercial granola bars are loaded with…

factory-made sugar syrups and unhealthy fats? Homemade granola bars can be a great healthy snack on the go, and can also allow you to incorporate more nutrient-rich ingredients and superfoods into your family’s diet.

I originally developed this recipe using peanut butter and chopped almonds, however I’ve since adapted it to be completely nut-free, and it’s still just as delicious!

These bars are rich in protein, fibre, and healthy fats, and no baking is required.

Nut-Free Granola Bars

  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds

  • 1/3 cup shelled hemp seeds (hemp hearts)

  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds

  • 2/3 cup unsweetened dried coconut

  • 3 cups quick cooking organic oats

  • 2 tablespoons ground chia seeds

  • 1/4 cup organic butter or coconut oil

  • 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter

  • 1/2 cup honey

  • handful of chocolate chips (optional)

  1. Lightly toast first four ingredients in a skillet over medium heat. Toss frequently for 5 minutes or until golden.

  2. Combine seed butter, coconut oil or butter, and honey in a small pot over low heat. Stir until warm and combined.

  3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together oats, ground chia seeds, and toasted seed mixture.

  4. Pour the warm honey mixture into the dry ingredients and combine.

  5. Stir in chocolate chips if using. These will melt into the granola mixture.

  6. Transfer mixed ingredients into a 9” by 13” baking dish. Pack down evenly with a spatula.

  7. Chill bars in refrigerator. Cut into squares and transfer to an air-tight container.

  8. Store in refrigerator for up to one week.

Enjoy!

The Healing Power of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a therapy that has been used for over 4000 years...

to treat a wide range of health conditions.

Acupuncture points are located along energy meridians that are associated with different organ systems.  According to traditional Chinese medicine theory, when energy, or Qi (chi), is not flowing freely, health conditions or diseases can arise.  Inserting small, sterile acupuncture needles into specific points along these energy channels helps to regulate the flow of Qi through the body, correcting the imbalances leading to states of ill health.

From a Western point of view, the effectiveness of acupuncture can be attributed to it’s ability to enhance circulation in the area of treatment.  Studies involving MRI imaging of the brain have also shown that acupuncture has the ability to work at the level of the nervous system to help regulate the body’s response to pain.

Some of the more common conditions for which acupuncture has been shown to be effective include arthritis and joint pain, sciatica, hypertension, allergic rhinitis and seasonal allergy symptoms, headaches, and menstrual pain and irregularities.

Over the years, I have also commonly used acupuncture in my practice to help patients with smoking cessation, address obstetrical issues such as morning sickness and fetal malposition, prepare the body during pregnancy for an efficient labour, enhance the outcome of fertility treatments, support the immune system in the case of frequent or chronic infections, and calm the mind to reduce anxiety symptoms and help treat insomnia.  I often use reiki and/or cupping to enhance the healing process.

Overall, most people feel very calm, relaxed, and “rebalanced” after an acupuncture session. 

If you are interested in learning more about acupuncture, complimentary 15-minute consults are available to help determine whether this treatment modality would be a good fit for you!