Grain-based breakfasts have been shown to cause a larger impact on insulin levels than eggs and other high-protein options. They trick the body into craving and desiring more carbohydrates and quick sources of sugar because they raise blood sugar levels. Grains might also leave you with an erratic stomach and a foggy brain if you suffer from carbohydrate intolerance or candida issues.
Quality sources of protein, healthy fats, and fiber from foods such as chia, flax, hemp, almonds, and coconut flour have been shown to reduce blood sugar levels and reduce cravings. However, it’s not very easy to find a reasonably priced granola bar made with quality ingredients.
Thankfully, this doesn’t mean you have to go without the convenience of granola bars forever.
Making grain-free granola bars is easier than you think
You can quickly and easily make your own granola bars at home with healthy ingredients. These ingredients are well worth keeping around since they also have many uses aside from just granola bars. Although the term “granola” technically refers to grain-based bars, you can still make a nice, crispy-yet-gooey bar that has a very similar taste without using grains and without the resulting high blood sugar spike.
Choosing ingredients for healthy granola bars is the secret
The ingredients you choose make all the difference to how your bars taste, how well they digest, and how they make you feel. Below you’ll find a special recipe to make bars that are rich in all the nutrients you need to support blood sugar levels, including fiber, protein and healthy fats.
To sweeten the bars without sugar, we’ll use two superfoods that help support overall health without a harsh impact on blood sugar levels. These two sweeteners are mulberries, a low-glycemic superfruit that offers a slight caramel flavor, and raw honey to help the bars hold together and enhance the sweet flavor.
The entire recipe can be mixed in a food processor (or you can use a high-speed blender), which makes the preparation super fast and makes cleanup a breeze! So, let’s get started!
These bars are full of plant-based protein and omega-3 fatty acids, along with energizing saturated fats from coconut. They also provide more fiber than a bowl of oatmeal and help you reach your magnesium, potassium, vitamin E, and antioxidant needs each day.
If you prefer a lower sugar alternative, you may also use coconut nectar (sap) in place of honey and omit the mulberries. You will, however, need to add a quarter cup extra of nut butter or coconut oil in place of the fruit and honey if you choose to eliminate both.
These bars are naturally sweet but have a very low glycemic index per serving, which will train your taste buds to crave nutrients instead of sugar and unhealthy sources of carbohydrates. Honey is also full of antibacterial and antifungal properties, and mulberries are a great source of iron and are lower in sugar than dried fruits.
Let us know if you give these bars a try — we’d love to hear your thoughts!
— Heather McClees
Heather McClees is a professional health journalist and Certified Holistic Nutritionist from South Carolina.She received her B.S. Degree in Nutrition Science and Dietetics, and is most passionate about helping others discover the gift of of holistic health, showing others how to create healthy recipes based on their favorite foods, physical fitness and yoga, and creative writing.