Mornings are the most glorified moment of the day in my life. I love each blessed morning and I always love to start my day with a superpower breakfast, a breakfast that does not drain my energy while fixing it and does not sweat me out. Simple, fast yet delicious breakfast tempts me a lot. This rustic looking chunky energy bars made with all the healthy goodies fits my bill very well. These chia and peanut butter digestive energy bars are so easy to make that I am completely addicted to the whole process and no matter how much I make these little wonders I always end up with only a couple for myself! Yes, I know they are all gone before I even comprehend their mysterious disappearance!
Likewise, many of you busy moms aspire to give your family a healthy breakfast and snack that’s not monotonous and boring. That’s why I thought of sharing this wonderful no fail tasty recipe with you, my lovely readers. These little energy bars are packed with nutrients, are gluten-free and can be made well ahead of time. You can fuel yourself with these chia digestive bars early in the morning as your breakfast, can snack on them endlessly and that too guilt-free, sneak them in your kid’s lunch boxes, fulfill your midday cravings by munching on them and don’t forget to share some with your boss, He/She will be very happy, Just Kidding!
The Chia peanut butter digestive energy bars are sans gluten and are also free of eggs, butter, sugar. They contain oats, the superpower food quinoa, flax meal, chia seeds, white sesame seeds and a generous amount of almonds, pistachios, raisins, and cranberries. The fun part of this recipe is that it’s open to customizations. Yes, you heard me right, you can very well tweak the recipe and replace several things with your most favorite substitutes and yet you will not end up with granola crumbs you will definitely end up with gorgeous bars! I love such open recipes that help you to explore, play around yet turn out to be super delicious with each and every little substitute and change that you make. Yes, my dear friends the rustic looking chia and peanut butter digestive bars are open to all kinds of changes but be careful to substitute with those kinds of stuff that complement each other, go wild and play around.
The organic honey, peanut butter and the add-ons like the raisins and the cranberries touch it up with the right amount of sweetness. The creamy peanut butter gives it a certain amount of nutty flavor and boosts the nutty aroma of the cooked white quinoa. The Chia seeds are an edible powerhouse of essential nutrients like omega 3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, calcium, and antioxidants. It dates back to the Mayan culture, the Aztec civilization. The Mayan people often used them as energy boosters. Chia seeds are gaining popularity these days and we are discovering it’s age-old benefits all over again. This tiny edible seeds provide the digestive energy bars a certain amount of crunch and add so much to the texture. These energy bars are packed with a generous amount of cooked white quinoa, one more superfood that has recently acquired the acclaimed status of “super-food” a few years back. Needless to say that it’s loaded with vital nutrients, protein, fiber, calcium, manganese, phosphorous, folate, copper, iron, zinc, potassium. Quinoa is gluten-free and a GMO food that can be cooked to prepare delicious healthy meals. Loaded with flax meal these digestive chia and peanut butter bars are so delicious. Flax meal has the reputation of being the most powerful plant food on the planet, their health benefits are manifold. By including flax meal in this recipe, you will boost its nutrient power. I refrained from being a Wikipedia myself and bore you with all the scientific facts but then I thought you have to search the facts individually on Wiki so why not compile a few facts at one place, at least some of you will be benefited if not all.
You can make these chia and peanut butter energy bars well ahead of time and they should do pretty well for a week in airtight containers at room temperature, though in my house they are gone in a couple of days. I bake them a lot, a few times a week, I generally love to make them in small batches, in an 8″x8″ pan, that gives me a total of 8-9 bars. If you want you can double the amount and bake in larger batches. I prefer making fresh batches every time.
With every bite, the shattering taste of the chia seeds is very amusing. The sweetness of the honey is mild and not overwhelmingly sweet, it’s just the right amount of balanced sweetness that is appropriate for my family. The add-ons like the chopped almonds and the pistachios add a certain amount of healthy crunch and make the bars more delectable. You can substitute the add-ons with your favorite ones. If you need extra moisture and little soft bars preferably for an elderly family member then add some extra virgin coconut oil and no egg substitute at all. They will be on the softer side, totally delicious but will beautifully hold their shape as seen in the pictures. Egg eaters may add one egg white. Let’s learn how to make these super healthy and super yummy digestive energy bars.
Gluten Free Chia Seeds And Peanut Butter Digestive Energy Bars, No Eggs, No Sugar And No Butter
- 1-1/2 cups old-fashioned gluten-free rolled oats.
- 1/2 cup cooked and cooled white quinoa.
- 1/4 cup flax meal.
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds.
- 1/2 dried fruits and nuts.
- 1 flax egg ( egg substitute).
- 1/2 cup honey.
- 1/2 cup peanut butter or almond butter.
- 1/4 teaspoon salt.
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon powder.
- 1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil (optional, If using Flax egg skip the coconut oil).
- 2 teaspoons white sesame seeds.
- 1. In a dry bowl add the old-fashioned rolled oats, flax meal, chia seeds, sesame seeds and the dried fruits and nuts.2. Cook the white quinoa, drain the water and let it cool completely.3. Next add the cooked and cooled quinoa to the dry ingredients.4. On medium heat warm up the peanut or almond butter, the honey, salt and the cinnamon powder until well incorporated into a silky smooth mixture.5. Add this to the dry ingredients.6. Add the flax egg.7. If not adding flax egg add 1/4 cup melted and cooled extra virgin coconut oil.8. Mix everything with a spatula.9. Grease or line an 8″x8″ pan.10. Pour the mixture and press very well to set it. This step is very important.11. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.12. Bake for 25 mins or until the edges of the oats start to brown.13. Let it cool completely before slicing.14. Cut and serve.Enjoy!
- 1 flax egg = 1 tablespoon of flax meal mixed with 3 tablespoons of water. Allow to rest it for 15 minutes until the mixture becomes gel-like. Use it as an egg substitute.
- 1 flax egg can be substituted with one large egg white (recipe for egg eaters).
- Do not boil the nut butter and honey mixture. It should just be warm and not simmer.
- Use 1/4 extra virgin coconut oil to make it little on the softer side. Ideal for elderly people.
- Press the mixture with the bottom of a glass, this will yield very beautiful and intact bars.
- Do not over bake.