Each year on January 21st, National Granola Bar Day recognizes the considerable nutrition and energy found in one wholesome granola bar.
A basic granola bar includes whole grain (usually oats, though quinoa and barley can be used as well), fruit or nuts and honey, molasses, agave nectar or syrup. The bar can also include butter or nut butter. There are a variety of combinations adding flavor and nutrition.
The ingredients are mixed then pressed into a pan and cut into bars. For a crispy bar, the mixture is baked. Softer, more chewy versions are left raw or only partially cooked. Additionally, they can be stored in sealed containers and frozen for long-term use.
Granola bars are packed with energy and their convenience is undeniable. Easily stored in a pocket while on a hiking or biking trail, the wrapper goes out with you. While considered a health food by some, the bars are high in calories. Hikers, bicyclists, and fitness enthusiasts add granola bars to their diet as a way to give a boost of energy. Despite their high calories, they offer a more healthful alternative to a candy bar for those of us who don’t hit the trails very often.
Outside of the United States, granola bars are called by various names; flapjack, muesli bar, and a cereal bar.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGranolaBarDay
While mixing up a pan of granola bars, try some variety. Mix up the nuts, grains, and fruit. Don’t hesitate to try agave in place of honey. Try quinoa, millet, and buckwheat. They will add another level of texture and nuttiness to your granola. Dried cranberries, coconut, dates, apricots offer a variety of natural sweetness without adding sugar. Share your favorite combinations.
Following are a few recipes for you to enjoy:
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NATIONAL GRANOLA BAR DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this healthy nut and fruit bar celebration.
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