Of all the ‘snack’ bars I’ve tried, Lunas are my first pick for a ‘dessert’ type of bar. My husband actually introduced me to them. A couple years ago while we were waiting to board a flight, I sent him on a mission to find some relatively healthy airport snacks. He came back with a mango smoothie from Jamba Juice, a bag of mixed nuts and two Lemon Zest Luna bars. “I tried to find snacks that didn’t have too much added sugar, dear” he explained. He’s a good guy.
I took a few sips of the mango smoothie and nearly threw up. I’m a nervous traveller.
Nowadays when travelling, I stash a couple
Ativan Luna bars in my carry-on. As much as I love White Chocolate Macadamia and Peppermint Stick, the ingredient list is kind of sketchy… and long. So, naturally I made a copycat homemade version.
Lightly grease a small baking dish and set aside.
3 cups Nature’s Path Crispy Brown Rice cereal
2 scoops protein powder (I use organic brown rice protein)
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup brown rice syrup
1/3 cup almond butter
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips (Enjoy Life is my go-to brand), set aside
Stir the first three ingredients together (in a glass bowl).
In a saucepan on low heat, thoroughly heat brown rice syrup until it starts to bubble. Stir in nut butters and vanilla. Keep stirring until it’s smooth and creamy. Remove from heat and immediately pour it into the cereal. Mix until combined, then firmly press cereal into the baking dish and smooth the top.
Melt the chocolate chips (either in the microwave or stovetop) ensuring it doesn’t burn. Pour melted chocolate into the cereal, and place the dish into the fridge to set for about an hour.
Seriously. I could live on these.
What’s your favourite snack bar? Aside from Luna bars, my favourite ‘clean eating’ bar is Francine’s Finest “Super Bars”. They’re raw, vegetarian and only 120 calories per bar.