You guys. These bars!!
So, this semester, I’ve been taking “Nutrition for Sports Performance” and we’ve been looking at that whole My Plate recommendations and I’ve discovered that I don’t really eat enough grains and I’m trying to change that. My diet has changed so much over the past few years and I definitely do well with protein and fat (maybe too well in this area. I <3 nut butter. YOLO!) but I’m pretty lacking in grains. With as much as I love oatmeal and bread, it came as a shock to me too!
So, I’m trying to figure out ways to add more grains into my diet (and maybe not eat as much nut butter and avocado? um…NEVER!). I did a search on good gluten-free grains (looking for a variety here) and I discovered buckwheat flour. Buckwheat flour comes from whole grain buckwheat (duh! haha) and it’s PACKED with magnesium, copper, and dietary fiber. Why is copper important? Your body actually uses it to help absorb iron, it works WITH iron to help the body metabolize oxygen, and it’s also involved in bone formation. PRETTY IMPORTANT STUFF! Where do you find copper? Seafoods, meats, nuts, beans, and whole-grain products (like buckwheat flour).
Anyhoooo….buckwheat flour has a fabulous nutty and earthy flavor and I figured it was going to pair quite nicely with some oats. 🙂
I decided to change things up a bit and cook them in my cast iron skillet to be fancy and super impressive. Cuz that’s totally how I roll.
Okay, honestly, my knee was stiff and I couldn’t reach my square baking pans because they were in the WAAAYYYY far back of a really long lower cabinet so I just grabbed the closest thing. Ta-DA! 😀
These bars are so good! They puffed up so beautifully – it’s almost like eating a delicious pillow! haha YES, that’s a GOOD thing. TRUST ME!
They are absolutely jam crammed with goodness – protein from an egg and some Siggi’s vanilla yogurt, sweetness from a mashed banana and some pure maple syrup (absolutely NO refined sugars!!), and extra flavor from some dried blueberries. These bars are the perfect addition to ANY breakfast or as a mid-morning or afternoon pick-me-up with a piece of fruit. Don’t forget to slather it with your favorite nut butter!