Our Favorite Protein Bars & Other Food That is Good for You.

What’s good for you? 

This week let’s focus more on health. Have you heard of coconut oil? Do you know how good it is for you? Last year we switched to using coconut oil in all of our baking due to an allergy, but we didn’t realize how great it is for our health. Do you want to know more about how to use coconut oil? Check out this link for 160 uses for it, plus more information.

 

Coconut Oil Is:

  • Anti-bacterial (kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum diseases, and other bacterial infections)
  • Anti-carcinogenic (coconut oil has antimicrobial properties so it effectively prevents the spread of cancer cells and enhances the immune system)
  • Anti-fungal (kills fungi and yeast that lead to infection)
  • Anti-inflammatory (appears to have a direct effect in suppressing inflammation and repairing tissue, and it may also contribute by inhibiting harmful intestinal microorganisms that cause chronic inflammation.)
  • Anti-microbial/Infection Fighting (the medium-chain fatty acids and monoglycerides found in Coconut Oil are the same as those in human mother’s milk, and they have extraordinary antimicrobial properties. By disrupting the lipid structures of microbes, they inactivate them. About half of coconut oil consists of lauric acid. Lauric acid, its metabolite monolaurin and other fatty acids in coconut oil are known to protect against infection from bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi and parasites. While not having any negative effect on beneficial gut bacteria, coconut oil inactivates undesirable microbes.)
  • An antioxidant (protects against free-radical formation and damage)
  • Anti-parasitic (fights to rid the body of tapeworms, lice and other parasites)
  • Anti-protozoa (kills giardia, a common protozoan infection of the gut)
  • Anti-viral (kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other viruses)
  • Infection fighting
  • Has no harmful or discomforting side effects
  • Known to improve nutrient absorption (easily digestible; makes vitamins and minerals more available to the body)
  • Nontoxic to humans and animals
Our very favorite Grain Free Protein Bars – gluten, sugar, egg, dairy and peanut free
makes one 8×8 pan of granola bars
2.5 cups mixed nuts and seeds (we use 1/2 oats and 1/2 raw nuts/seeds)
1 cup dried fruits
1/4 cup shredded coconut (we use unsweetened)
2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips (we omit)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup almond butter or other nut butter (we use natural peanut butter or almond butter)
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch nutmeg
(all ingredients available at The Country Cupboard)

Toss nuts and seeds into a food processor. Give it a few good pulses until the mixture is coarsely chopped (a few larger chunks are fine!) Pour seed/nut mix into a bowl – add dried fruit, mini chocolate chips and shredded coconut.

In a saucepan over medium low heat, add honey, coconut oil, vanilla, sea salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and nut butter. Simmer for a few minutes until the liquids become very thick and are very warm to the touch.

Add liquids to the dry mixture and stir to fully incorporate everything. Scoop into a silicone bake ware or a Pyrex lined with parchment paper. Press down flat with a spoon.

Freeze for at least 30 minutes, then remove from container. Cut the bars horizontally. Then vertically. Store in either the refrigerator or freezer.

These bars are so much our favorite that we not only double the recipes, but keep a constant supply of them in our freezer. They taste great and keep you feeling full so much longer than the typical granola bar.

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