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Salty Granola Bars with Lentils Flour 

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Description:
Great homemade granola bars!
Lentils are popular amongst health enthusiasts. The antioxidants within lentils is a unique ingredient which provides the necessary folic acid for pregnant women.
Also rich in protein and low in fat, this pea provides an appreciable feeling of fullness. Contains many antioxidants - beneficial against the development of cardiovascular disease, cancer and other age-related diseases. Great Source of Iron - Essential for the formation of red blood cells and transporting oxygen in the blood. Very rich in vitamin B9 (folate)which is essential for pregnant women and ensures proper fetal development.Reduce the risk of neural tube defects in the fetus.
Necessary for the production of new cells and genetic material.
Lentils flour is also a High Source of Fiber which is beneficial for intestinal health. Helps prevent constipation. Reduces the risk of colorectal cancer. Reduces the levels of bad cholesterol. Contributes to the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Facilitates the control of glucose (blood sugar). Reduces the risks associated with diabetes when consumed regularly. Provides a sensation of fullness more quickly and thus facilitates achieving or maintaining a healthy weight.
Excellent Source of Phosphorus and Zinc.


Ingredients:
½ cup Cuisine Soleil lentils flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup walnuts
½ cup chopped fresh parsley
¼ cup rehydrated dried tomatoes in ¼ cup of boiling water
½ white onion diced
½ cup canned chickpeas, rinsed
2 small cloves of garlic chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed soaked in 2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon tamari sauce
½ teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary

Freshly ground pepper


Directions:
1.Preheat oven to 350ºF
2.In a food processor combine lentils flour, baking powder, walnuts and sunflower seeds.
3.Chop the rehydrated dried tomatoes and place in a bowl.
4.Add water used to soak the tomatoes, parsley, onion, chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, flax seeds, tamari sauce and rosemary.
5.Add the dry mixture in the liquid mixture and mix well.
6.Place in a loaf pan covered with parchment paper.
7.Bake in oven for 30 minutes.


Special Diet: Gluten Free, High Iron


Category: Gluten-Free

Submitted By: Cuisine Soleil



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