Granola Sweet Hearts

Granola Sweet Hearts
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Gluten free, dairy free, no-bake, super satisfying and easy to grab on the go, these hearts are high in fiber and protein to keep you energized during long hikes, workouts or just for an afternoon snack that kids and adults will both love.

The Brazil nuts add an extra nutrition punch with selenium.  Selenium is an important immune supporting mineral that acts as an antioxidant.  Studies show diets rich in selenium foods are linked to lower rates of Prostate cancer (good news for all my boys!).  Just 5 Brazil nuts gives you the right “dose” of 200 mg Selenium.

Ingredients:
1/4 cup Brazil nuts
1/4 cup walnuts
1/2 cup gluten free granola
1 Tbsp. honey
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 Tbsp. almond butter
3 Tbsp. chia seeds
1/2 cup gluten free oat bran
1/4 cup allergen free chocolate chips (or cacao nibs)
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:
1.) Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

2.) Chop Brazil nuts and walnuts.

3.) Let almond butter come to room temperature if stored in refrigerator.

4.) Add all ingredients to bowl and mix well.

5.) Spread onto parchment paper.  Use plastic wrap in hands to help spread out mixture.

6.) Cover baking sheet with plastic wrap.

7.) Refrigerate at least 1 hour.

8.) Cut into shapes using cookie cutters.

9.) Pack for your hike.

10.) Enjoy!

Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN is a senior clinical nutritionist for Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Hospital Cancer Care, Harvard Medical School teaching affiliates, in Boston, MA. Together with her husband, Dr. Russell Kennedy, PsyD, they have a private practice, Wellness Guides, LLC, that sculpts individualized plans for weight management, disease prevention and management and to promote longevity. Stacy is a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition and Integrative Nutritionist with the Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies. Stacy also serves as project manager and lead writer for Nutrition Services content on the Dana-Farber Web site www.dana-farber.org/nutrition and affiliated app. Stacy is regularly featured in TV, radio and print media. Stacy is featured in the award winning documentary films, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead and FSND2, www.fatsickandnearlydead.com and works as the Lead Nutritionist for its affiliated company Reboot with Joe. Stacy was a key member of the start-up team who opened and operated Stacy’s Juicebar in Needham, MA. Kennedy created and oversaw execution of the menu and cleanse program (2013-2014). Stacy is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Health Fitness Specialist and works in private practice to help her clients get results with simple, healthy eating strategies. Stacy received a B.S. in Dietetics from Indiana University, completed her Dietetic Internship at Massachusetts General Hospital and earned a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Stacy lectures on nutrition, weight loss, exercise and wellness behaviors to local schools, medical professionals and graduate universities. She has two sons, three dogs and lives in Wellesley, MA, just outside of Boston. Stacy enjoys cooking, juicing, hiking and yoga.