When we saw this month’s Recipe Redux theme for delicious recipes to bolster gut health, we got a bit excited at Everyday Nutrition – after all good gut health is our thing!
These no bake bars are really simple to make, and contain so many goodies to promote intestinal health. Importantly, they are also delicious and really satisfying. So much better than the packet muesli bar option!
These bars are adapted to be low FODMAP at the serving suggested. Making 8 bars, the amount per serve is well within the FODMAP Friendly® ‘pass’ rating for dates.
Oats are rich in a type of soluble fibre known as beta glucans, which have a prebiotic function to nourish good gut bacteria. Their excellent fibre content also helps retain water in the stool and encourage bowel regularity.
Macadamias are renowned for their high monounsaturated fats which promote good cholesterol heart health. But did you know they also contain significant amounts of nutrients like thiamin, magnesium and manganese? On the gut health front, macadamia’s also contain fibre and phytochemicals – antioxidants which fight free radical damage and boulster gut cell health.
Dates are another food rich in soluble fibre and prebiotics which nourish our gut microbiota. Dates also contain many micronutrients (eg. potassium, iron), as well as gut friendly polyphenols called tannins which can have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Serves: 10 bars
1 1/2 cups oats
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup salted macadamias
1 cup pitted (dried) dates