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 Board-Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition and senior clinical nutritionist for Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Hospital Cancer Care, Harvard Medical School teaching affiliates, in Boston. Stacy created and serves as project manager and lead writer for Nutrition Services content on the award-winning, Dana-Farber website and affiliated Nutrition app. Her app and cancer video series have been featured in popular press and industry magazines. Stacy is regularly featured in TV, radio, podcasts, documentary films and print media.

Stacy teaches nutrition at Simmons College. She co-founded her private practice, Wellness Guides, LLC and works as a nutrition consultant and advisor for numerous businesses and non-profit organizations in the health, wellness, food and technology spaces.  She is former Chief Wellness Officer and currently sits as an Advisor for AVA, a tech-nutrition startup leveraging artificial intelligence for meal tracking, planning & expert nutrition coaching. She is featured in Lighter, the plant-based nutrition-tech tool for meal planning.

Stacy is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. 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.

She enjoys yoga, running, cooking and caring for her husband, sons and dogs.