When it comes to a healthy snack, sometimes we’d rather just grab a candy bar. It’s already wrapped, ready to go, and it’s sweet enough to satisfy your craving. However, candy bars can be costly in the long run, and won’t give you the energy you need to keep going. It’s time to really find your healthy go-to snack, and it can’t come from the vending machine. Why not make your own snacks? You can make large batches to last you through the week, they’re sweet and easy to take with you to work, and they’re overall much cheaper than a stop by the vending machine! Try these sumptuous blueberry walnut bars for a punch of antioxidants and protein wrapped in sweetness to get you through the day!
2/3 cup crushed walnuts
½ cup graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup oats
3 tablespoons butter
8 oz cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon orange juice
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup whipped cream
2 tablespoons blueberry preserves
2 cups fresh blueberries
How to Make Amazing Bars!
With the first set of ingredients, combine together until thoroughly mixed and set in an 8 inch baking dish. Don’t forget to grease the dish, or things will be difficult to get back out. If you wish to grind your walnuts into a finer powder, to make a more cohesive mixture, then by all means! This bottom part of the bar will provide the sweet and crunchy part of your snack, and can be personalized to your tastes with less sugar or more oats, to make things healthier. Carefully bake at 350 degrees until the edges are a lighter brown. It should take you about ten minutes of baking before you’re ready to move on!
With the second set of ingredients, you’ll need to whip them up into a frenzy! Work with the cream cheese until it’s easy to manipulate, and beat in the sugar, orange juice, vanilla, and whipped cream. It will eventually become a lighter whipped mix, and should have a sweet and tangy flavor that you’ll enjoy!
Finally, microwave the preserves for about half a minute, and mix in the blueberries.
With your three separate sets of yummy treats, you’re about ready to go! All that’s next is for you to wait for the crunchy bar to cool a little. Spread your sweet concoction on top, and refrigerate for about half an hour, so that the cream cheese spread can set a bit more. Finally, spread the blueberries on top to create a brightly colored triple-layered snack of goodness!
If you’re looking for something healthier, you can forego the blueberry preserves, swap out the sugar for artificial sweetener, and put in a higher ratio of oats and walnuts to graham crackers. You can find reduced fat, non-fat, or low calorie options of cream cheese and whipped topping, and can use a healthier butter option! The recipe should yield you 12 good-sized servings, and would be more than enough for two weeks of midday snacks! Just be sure not to eat it all up, and save space for dinner!