Saturday, June 15, 2013

Gluten-Free Trail Mix Snack Bars

I haven't dropped off of the face of the Earth.  I have been spending lots of time trying to spread the word about The Blogger's Survival Guide.  Writing this book was such a huge feat for me and my co-author that it is imperative to get it out to fellow bloggers and newbies.

In all of this promotion stuff, I've forgotten what brought me to writing the book in the first place.  You, my readers are what drive me and I've abandoned you for a bit.  I apologize.

I must admit that I've been exhausted and the thought of cooking has been a challenge.  Thankfully I was contacted by Visalus Body By Vi to test a product of theirs and come up with a recipe using the shake mix.   Thanks to these guys I was forced to think of something to present to you, my readers and my family would be glad I was cooking again.

This shake mix contains nutritional ingredients to help keep you healthy all day long.  It was a no-brainer for me to come up with a snack for the whole family.  I wanted to offer my kids a snack that didn't come out of box for once.  I combined a bunch of things we all love into one.

Everyone loves these bars and you will too.

They are low-fat, gluten-free, calcium-rich, protein-packed savory snacks!

What You Will Need: (makes 20 bars)
4 egg whites
4 scoops Vi-Shape Shake Mix-Sweet Cream
1 C quick-cooking oats
1 C quinoa-ground
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 C packed brown sugar
1/2 C organic peanut butter
1/2 C apple sauce
1/4 C raisins
1/4 C chopped, pitted dates
1/2 C semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1/2 C unsalted peanuts
non-stick cooking spray

1) Ground quinoa in food processor.
2) Preheat oven to 350°F.
3) Grease 9x13 casserole dish and set aside.
4) Mix together quinoa, shake mix, salt, oats, baking powder in large bowl.
5) In a medium bowl, beat egg whites, peanut butter, brown sugar and apple sauce.
6) Beat dry ingredients into wet ones.
7) Fold raisins, dates, chocolate chips and peanuts into mixture.
8) Spread batter evenly into baking dish.
9) Bake for 30 minutes.
10) Remove from oven and let cool completely.
11) Cut into bars.
12) Store in airtight container.

**ViSalus provided me with Body By Vi Shape Mix to use in this recipe.  All thoughts and ideas are my own.**


Rob Zabel said...

Be prepared before your next hike or trip

Not Your Ordinary Agent said...

Exactly Rob! Perfect for a hike!

Jason said...

Good for people that can't have gluten, and they sound fairly good!

Jeff Bugonian said...

I am glad I can eat gluten...but this is a nice option for those who can't.

Dave Humphrey said...

I think I will try this :)

Kevin Morrice said...

those look tasty

Nat D. said...

I have friends who use and sell Vi Shakes! I'm going to share this with her. She'll get a kick out of it. Thanks!

Jennifer Nguyen said...

Looks like a great recipe and very tasty!

Julie St. Thomas said...

Those look really yummy!

Dirk Talamasca said...

Looks pretty tasty to me :)

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