Healthy Walnut Chia Snack Bar Recipe With Cranberries and Oats.

Healthy walnut chia snack bar recipe with oatmeal and cranberry

If you are on a health journey but have a sweet tooth, try this healthy walnut chia snack bar recipe with cranberries and oats. Compared to store-bought snack bars, these nutty sweet treats are not only pleasantly filling, but also high in nutritional value. I will go over the health and nutritional benefits  of walnuts below.

WALNUT

WHAT ARE THE HEALTH AND NUTRITION BENEFITS OF WALNUTS?

Walnuts, as well as, oats, chia seeds, and cranberries, are nutrient-dense and provide numerous health benefits. Learn more about the health benefits of Chia seed in our blog: “Chia Seeds: 5 Reasons To Eat Them, Health Benefits, Chia Seeds Recipe.” 

Incorporating walnuts into your diet can contribute to good overall health and well-being, making them a delicious and nutritious choice for snacking, cooking, and baking.

Contain Vital Vitamins and Minerals: Walnuts are a good source of vital vitamins and minerals such as manganese, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamin B6. They also contain magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium, essential for maintaining strong healthy bones.

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AND HEART HEALTH

 
Good Source Of Omega 3-Fatty Acids: Walnuts are an excellent plant-based source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential omega-3 fatty acid that promotes heart health, decreases inflammation, and enhances cognitive function.
 
Anti-Inflammatory benefits: Bioactive chemicals that have anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce inflammation throughout the body and may minimize the risk of chronic illnesses.
 
 
 Supports Heart Health: The Journal of Clinical Nutrition (JCN) shows that Regular eating of walnuts has been related to decreased cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and overall better heart health due to their good fats, fiber, and antioxidants.

HEALTHY BRAIN

Boost Brain Health: Interestingly, if you open a whole walnut, you will see that it resembles the human brain. However, many believe that it is good for our “brain”. Authors from The National Institute Of Health (NIH) suggest that walnuts’ polyunsaturated fats, polyphenols, vitamin E, and anti-oxidant content promote cognitive function, improve memory, and may lower the risk of neurodegenerative illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
 
High In Antioxidants: Walnuts contain polyphenols, vitamin E, and melatonin, which help fight oxidative stress and lower the risk of chronic diseases including Type-2 Diabetes and heart disease. (NIH)

 WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

Supports Weight Management: Despite its high-calorie content, walnuts can aid with weight management by making you feel fuller for longer due to their high protein and fiber content. In addition, 1 ounce (approximately 7 whole pieces) walnut contains 4 grams of protein, and 2 grams of fiber, according to California Walnut.    
 
Promote Good Gut and Metabolic Health Health: Walnuts are rich in fiber, promoting a healthy digestive system and supporting beneficial gut bacteria growth. Furthermore, consuming walnuts has been shown to improve various aspects of metabolic syndrome, including insulin sensitivity, blood sugar levels, and lipid profiles.
 

WALNUT  vs. THYROID MEDICATION

 WebMD states that while walnuts are a good source of nutrition, we should exercise caution while consuming walnuts and walnut oils if taking certain thyroid medications because of potential drug-nutrient interactions.

GoodRx Health explained that levothyroxine, a drug used to treat hypothyroidism, can interact with walnuts. When walnuts are consumed close to the time of taking the drug, they can bond to it [reducing its effectiveness].

They suggests that we eat walnuts 60 minutes before or 4 hours after taking Levothyroxine. Always consult with your healthcare provider about any potential drug-nutrient and drug-drug interactions.

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Healthy walnutty chia snack bar recipe with oatmeal and cranberry

Healthy Walnut Chia Snack Bar Recipe With Cranberries and Oats

Kevin Foodie
Are you looking for a tasty and nutritious snack to brighten your day? Look no further! This Healthy Walnut Cranberry Snack Bar Recipe with Chia Seeds and Oatmeal is the ideal combination of flavors and wholesome ingredients.
These snack bars are packed with the crunch of walnuts, the sweetness of cranberries, the power of chia seeds, and the heartiness of oats.
They are not only delicious but are healthier than the store-bought snacks. Moreover, these bars are ideal for a quick breakfast on the go, a lunchtime energy boost, or a nutritious dessert. They are simple to make and will quickly become a family favorite.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 People

Equipment

  • 11 x 7 Inch Pyrex Baking Tray
  • Oven
  • Hand Mixer
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Spatula
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Zester
  • Whisk

Ingredients
  

Snack Bar Dry Ingredients

  • cups All-purpose Flour
  • ½ tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 cup Rolled Oats
  • 3 cups Walnuts
  • cups Dried Cranberries
  • 3 tbsp. Chia Seeds
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Salt

Wet Ingredients Of Snack Bars

  • 1 cup Maple Yogurt
  • 3 tsp. Zest of 1 medium Navel Orange
  • 1 stick Unsalted Butter (8 ounces)
  • tsps. Vanilla Extract
  • cup Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 2 medium Eggs
  • 1 can Oil Spray

Instructions
 

  • Turn on the oven to 350 ℉

Let's Cream Butter and Sugar

  • In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar with a hand mixer for 10 to 15 minutes or until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is smooth and fluffy. You can use any unsalted butter, however, I used Vermont Cultured Butter for a fuller flavor.
    Healthy walnutty chia snack bar recipe with oatmeal and cranberry

Combine Dry Ingredients

  • In a mixing bowl, use a whisk or fork to thoroughly mix all dry ingredients: flour, rolled oats, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon powder.
    sifted flour
  • Combine the creamed butter-sugar mixture with eggs, maple yogurt, chia seeds, orange zest, vanilla almond milk, and vanilla extract using a hand mixer on low speed for 2 minutes. The batter may look a bit curd, but it's ok.
    Healthy walnutty chia snack bar recipe with oatmeal and cranberry
  • This is the stage in which you combine the powerhouse chia seeds with the creamed butter and egg mixture. Incorporate the chia seeds with a hand mixer on low speed for 1 to 2 minutes.
    Healthy walnutty chia snack bar recipe with oatmeal and cranberry
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet components and mix thoroughly with a hand mixer.
    Mixing the walnut and cranberry into the flour usually prevents them from sinking to the bottom of a cake mixture. However, because this batter is thicker, the nuts will remain suspended throughout the batter.
    If you like a less dense snack bar, use 2 teaspoons of baking powder instead.
    Healthy walnutty chia snack bar recipe with oatmeal and cranberry
  • Grease the baking pan with non-stick oil spray making sure you grease the inner sides.
    This healthy walnutty snack bar recipe was made in a rectangular Pyrex glass pan. However, you may use a metal baking pan with the same dimensions.
  • Pour the walnutty chia snack bar batter into the baking pan.
    This is optional, but before baking, you may top the raw snack bar mixture with cracked pieces of walnuts, cranberries, and sesame seeds.
    Healthy walnutty chia snack bar recipe with oatmeal and cranberry
  • Carefully set the Pyrex pan filled with batter in the preheated oven. Bake for 20–25 minutes, or until a knife or bamboo skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool before cutting into squares/bars and serving. This recipe makes around ten to twelve snack bars.
    Healthy walnutty chia snack bar recipe with oatmeal and cranberry

How Do I Store the Walnutty Chia Snack Bars with Oats and Cranberries?

  • Bars can be wrapped in grease paper and refrigerated for up to 1 to 2 weeks.
    Wrap each healthy walnut chia snack bar in grease paper and hand towels, place in a zip lock bag, and freeze for up to three months.
    After taking the snack bars from the freezer, place in the refrigerator to defrost overnight. You can reheat snack bars in an air fryer, oven, or microwave for a brief time to remove the chill. Enjoy as a breakfast or snack item.

What Is A Good Way To Enjoy Walnutty Chia Snack Bar?

  • In addition to eating them as a snack or breakfast on the run, you may cut them into granola bite-sized cubes and toast them in an air fryer or oven. Add them to yogurt for another crunchy and flavorful snack option.
    Healthy walnutty chia snack bar recipe with oatmeal and cranberry

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Healthy walnutty chia snack bar recipe with oatmeal and cranberry

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30 thoughts on “Healthy Walnut Chia Snack Bar Recipe With Cranberries and Oats.”

    1. I am not sure if almond flour will work. I will guess based my experience with baking with coconut or cassava flour that they may be better alternatives. But try the almond flour and let me know how it turned out.

  1. You got me with the chia seeds! I always love finding healthy snack recipes that include chia seeds! I have pinned this Walnut Chia snack bar recipe so I can make them soon!

  2. This is not just a healthy snack but so delicious too. I love anything with chia seeds and the cranberries and oats make it even more appealing. A great snack idea!

    1. Thanks for dropping by Roisin. I have made this with cashew in the past. If you are going to use almonds, you may want to the sliced ones. Enjoy when you make it and let me know how it turned out.

  3. 5 stars
    Love these healthy walnut chia seed snack bars! Cranberry and oat is such a delicious combination. A great grab-and-go snack or something slightly sweet to balance out your work lunchbox. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Kevin!

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