no-bake cinnamon raisin almond butter oat bars

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 No-Bake Cinnamon Raisin Almond Butter Oat Bars. A vegan, gluten free and allergen friendly after-school snack!

The kids are headed back to school soon, which means packing lunches and providing after school snacks.  Sometimes it’s difficult to come up with healthy snacks that the kids will love and are safe to bring to a “peanut free” zone.  Snacks made with almond butter are a great option as almond butter provides protein, fiber and a dose of healthy fat.  Almond butter is extremely nutrient dense and provides vitamin E, magnesium and potassium.  It also helps with sustained energy and optimizing blood glucose control.  I love using nut-butters in kid-friendly recipes because it keeps the little ones feeling full and happy for longer!

These aren’t just for kids!  They make a great adult approved snack or can be paired with a piece of fruit for a wholesome breakfast!

 No-Bake Cinnamon Raisin Almond Butter Oat Bars. A vegan, gluten free and allergen friendly after-school snack!

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Makes 12 bars No-Bake Cinnamon Raisin Almond Butter Oat Bars. A vegan, gluten free and allergen friendly after-school snack!
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Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1½ cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup brown rice syrup
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup raisins
Instructions
  1. Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Pulse oats in a food processor a few times to make a course flour and set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan over low heat add almond butter, coconut oil, brown rice syrup, sea salt, vanilla and cinnamon. Stir until melted and well combined. Remove from heat and transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in oats and raisins.
  4. Press mixture into the lined baking pan. Use fingers to pack dough down well. Place in the refrigerator for a few hours to set. (or place in freezer to speed up the process!)
  5. Remove from parchment paper and cut into 12 bars.
  6. Store in refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 176 Fat: 11 Carbohydrates: 18 Sugar: 7 Fiber: 2 Protein: 4

 No-Bake Cinnamon Raisin Almond Butter Oat Bars. A vegan, gluten free and allergen friendly after-school snack!

 No-Bake Cinnamon Raisin Almond Butter Oat Bars. A vegan, gluten free and allergen friendly after-school snack!

Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator and individually wrap for an on-the-go snack.  You can substitute brown rice syrup with agave or maple syrup.  However, just make sure to adjust the amount of oats as needed because brown rice syrup is much thicker than maple syrup or agave.  You want to aim for a cookie dough consistency.

 No-Bake Cinnamon Raisin Almond Butter Oat Bars. A vegan, gluten free and allergen friendly after-school snack!

Here are some more great school snack ideas using almond butter:

Almond Butter and Banana Open Sandwich

Almond Butter Snack Balls

Try making your own Almond Butter, this one from Happy Healthy Life looks amazing :)

Maple Coconut Cinna Almond Butter

lunch box basics and banana bread milkshake

Happy Labor Day!!!  

While the weather here has been a wash out, I hope everyone was still able to spend time with family and friends!  We managed to sneak out to the beach between rain drops.

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As a kid, Labor Day always left me a sunken feeling in my stomach as it meant the end of summer.  The night before the first day of school my mom would always sing me a song from the early 1900’s called “School Days” which would send me to tears.    I hated it and it still makes my skin crawl when I hear it!   She now sings it to my nephews and they hate it as much as I did, my mom just laughs!  Anyway, enough about my traumatic childhood experiences…

I have a few more years before I have to worry about preparing school lunches however, I know it can cause a lot of stress on parents!

This school year follow these simple Lunch Box Basics to build a balanced meal for your kids!

(I found this idea on the Whole Foods website and thought is was too cute not to share!  I added a few more options to each category for variety)

Lunch Box Basics

Color + Protein + Crunch + Bonus = Perfect Lunchbox

Pick one from each category

Color:

apple slices, orange segments, grapes, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper slices, watermelon, blueberries

Protein:

nut/seed butter, hard boiled egg, hummus, black bean dip, edamame, baked tofu

Crunch:

whole grain crackers, celery sticks, baby carrots, cucumber slices, rice cakes, dried edamame, air popped pop-corn

Bonus:

yogurt, apple sauce, all natural fruit strip, string cheese, trail mix, granola bar

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~Aim for 1/2 of the lunch box to be filled with fruits and veggies! ~

~Don’t pack sugary juice boxes!  Send water, organic milk, non-dairy milk or coconut water instead!~

Here is a recipe that your kids will love for a quick breakfast or an afternoon snack!

banana bread milkshake ~vegan, gluten free, dairy free~

Banana Bread Milkshake

2 cups almond milk or milk of your choice

1 frozen banana

1/3 cup old fashioned oats

2 tablespoons walnuts

2 dates, pitted

2 tablespoons hemp seeds or flax meal

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

dash of cinnamon

~Blend and Enjoy~

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