the california raisins
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This past January at the Blissdom Conference, I got a chance to workout with, and interview, celebrity fitness trainer Valerie Waters. (She had great health and fitness tips, so check it out the video.)

The event was sponsored by California Raisins and they had super-delish snack bars we grabbed post-workout. The recipe for the snack bar was created by Meal Makeover Moms, and California Raisins has more recipes on their website (with a great recalculator that changes the recipe based on the number of servings you want). However, this grab and go snack bar is so easy to make, and is super fabulous for a healthy snack on the go, that I had to share it directly. So this is what you need to yield 12 bars:


  • 1 c. quick cooking oats (like Quaker Oats)
  • 1 c. spoon-sized shredded wheat cereal
  • 1 c. walnuts
  • 1 1/2 c. California raisins
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1/4 c. mini chocolate chips
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly coat or oil an 8×8 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place the oats, shredded wheat, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon and salt in a food processor and pulse until mixture is finely chopped. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, honey and vanilla until well blended. Then add the oat mixture and chocolate chips and stir to combine. Spread the mixture in the prepared pan pressing gently with a spoon or spatula. Bake about 18 minutes or until the edges are lightly brown. Let cool before slicing. (Full nutrition details can be found on the California Raisins website.)



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