Collagen Tahini Granola Bars
Hi everyone!! I am so excited to share this recipe with you all, finally! These Collagen Tahini Granola Bars have been on repeat in our household for about a month straight. Like, I’m not even kidding. We made them three times to get the recipe perfect. Not only are they so freaking good, but they are also packed full of satiating ingredient, keeping you full throughout the day. I love eating one of these bars for breakfast on the go or as a snack to hold me over in between meals.
So, you might be wondering what makes these bars superior to a box of granola bars you can purchase at the store? Well, store-bought granola bars are typically full of sugar and lack nutritional value. Though these Collagen Tahini Granola Bars do have maple syrup in them, and a fair amount, they are packed full of healthy fat from the tahini, protein from the collagen, and fiber. That means these will break down slowly during digestion and won’t cause a major blood sugar spike — win-win.
The collagen in these bars separates them from just being a cookie. If you’re wondering what collagen is, it is a protein made up of amino acids. It is a major component of connective tissues that make up several parts of our body, including tendons, ligaments, skin, and muscles. To say I am a huge fan would be an understatement, I am seriously obsessed with collagen and even did my senior capstone project on the health benefits of regular consumption. Collagen is terrific for digestion because it is an easy to absorb protein. Studies have shown that it goes directly to the cartilage intact, which helps preserve our joints. It has even been shown to reduce fine lines and wrinkles with daily consumption. I personally witnessed crazy fast nail growth when we were testing this recipe over the past month. If you happen to be skeptical, which is fair, try it out for yourself to see if you notice anything.
Tahini is basically ground up sesame seeds turned into a paste/seed butter. It is a wonderful nut/seed butter alternative for people with allergies or who don’t like the flavor of nut butter. Not only does tahini add a fantastic texture, work as a binder, and create a mellow nutty flavor, it is a nutritional powerhouse. One tablespoon of tahini has 1.4 grams of fiber in it. It is also high in manganese, magnesium, calcium, iron, selenium, and B-vitamins such as folic acid, niacin, pyridoxine, thiamin, and riboflavin. Not only is this seed rich in micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), it is well balanced on the macronutrient end as well. One tablespoon of tahini contains 8 grams of healthy fat, 3.2 grams of carbohydrates, and 2.6 grams of protein.
Though these granola bars lean towards the healthier end of the whole food spectrum, they do not taste healthy in any way. The added collagen is flavorless, so it doesn’t interfere with the flavor of the bars. The texture is chewy and moist, with large chunks of dark chocolate throughout. They also have chopped dates mixed into them, which creates a rich caramel flavor and keeps them from drying out. One batch of these bars will make enough to last throughout the week. So go ahead and make these! They are great on the go; they are excellent for camping. Basically, they are perfect for this time of the year when the days are long, and we tend to be more active and on the go! Enjoy!