Whether you’re preparing to grill or making my Chocolate Cherry Orange Granola Bars to take on your outing, Thrive Algae Oil is always the best heart-healthy choice no matter your need!
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It’s a real travesty that I don’t make granola bars more often. I almost always have everything I need on-hand and yet, I continue to buy them at the store when they’re way more expensive and not nearly as healthy. I’m making a pledge right here, right now that I’ll no longer waste money on those stale, eco-harmful bars. From now on, I’m making these super easy, no-bake Chocolate Cherry Orange Granola Bars whenever the craving hits.
These bars don’t have a ton of ingredients, but each one is very important, including the oil. It’ll come as no surprise that I’ve tried a number of cooking oils over the years. From grass-fed Irish butter to the finest olive oils, and avocado oils — I’ve sampled them all. It wasn’t until I recently tried Thrive® Culinary Algae Oil that I realized that there’s still so much out there I don’t know about some of the ingredients I cook with. Thrive is an all-purpose cooking oil that you can use in so many different applications. It’s made from algae, one of nature’s original superfoods, so you know it brings goodness to your heart, kitchen, and the planet. You might be thinking the same thing I was before I tried it. “Algae? Won’t it taste like, fish?” Maybe I’m actually the only person who thought that, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Thrive Algae Oil is actually completely neutral in flavor – the algae was originally sourced from the sap of a chestnut tree, not water. It’s light in appearance and in taste, so it lets your food shine no matter what. I’ve used it when sautéing and searing (it has a smoke point of up to 485ºF!) as well as for baking and dressings. The best part of Thrive has to be the heart-healthy benefits. In fact, it contains the highest level of good monounsaturated fat and lowest level of saturated fat compared to any other cooking oil. That’s awesome! I highly highly recommend you check it out, whether you love cooking or just looking to make a healthy swap in your kitchen.
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- ½ cup honey
- 3 tablespoons nut butter (I used peanut)
- 1 tablespoon Thrive® Culinary Algae Oil
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¾ cup old-fashioned oats
- ¾ cup O's cereal
- ¼ cup ground flaxseed meal
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ cup dried cherries
- ⅓ cup chopped walnuts
- ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips or chunks
- Line an 8x8 baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving a few inches of overhang on two of the sides for handles to lift the bars. Generously coat the foil with baking spray. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the honey, peanut butter, and Thrive Algae Oil. Melt gently and stir until smooth and combined. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Let cool for 5 minutes.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, cereal, flaxseed, cinnamon, and salt, then stir in the dried cherries, walnuts, and chocolate. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the top, then stir until the ingredients are evenly coated.
- Transfer the mixture into the prepared baking pan. With a spatula or your fingers, press into an even layer. Place the bars in the refrigerator to set, at least 2 hours or overnight. Once fully chilled, remove the bars from the pan with the foil, then, using a sharp knife, slice into bars. Enjoy immediately or store in the refrigerator or freezer for later.