Cinnamon Bars 

The chickpeas, along with other heart-healthy ingredients in these tasty cinnamon bars have been shown to regulate blood sugar levels which in turn may help prevent heart disease (1).

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The chickpea is also a great source of nutrition balance contain important vitamins as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, folate and the vitamin A.  

Walnuts and almonds are also heart-healthy in the cinnamon bars due to the essential fatty acids they contain including Omega-3s.  Clinical studies have observed benefits of diets high in nuts including walnuts and almonds.  These benefits include lowered cholesterol levels along with data from the Nurses' Health Study indicating a reduction in coronary heart disease by as much as 45% (2).  

In addition, the fiber in the rolled oats helps reduce cholesterol.  The beta glucan in the oats is one of the reasons for its high fiber.  The FDA currently recommends a daily intake of 3 grams of beta glucan for heart patients.

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Cinnamon Bar - Recipe Ingredients:

1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas*

(1 cup dry with below cooking instructions)

½ cup almond butter

½ cup honey or maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla

¼ cup rolled oats

1 tablespoon cinnamon

¼  teaspoon baking powder

¼  teaspoon baking soda

¼  teaspoon sea salt

¼  cup chopped walnuts

Cinnamon Bar - Recipe Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Brush the inside of a 8"x 8" baking dish with grapeseed oil then dust lightly with finely crushed oat powder or regular baking flour.  In a medium bowl, mix cooked chickpeas* (see cooked instructions below) with almond butter, honey or maple syrup and vanilla.  In a small to medium bowl, mix rolled oats, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt.  Add dry mixture to the chickpea mixture.  Pour into prepared baking dish, using a spatula to smooth.  Sprinkle chopped walnuts to top.  Bake for 30 minutes or until light brown and firm on top.  Allow to cool before slicing.

Makes 9 servings.

*For Cooked Chickpeas:

First sort through for any debris, then soak peas either overnight or with quick soak method.  For quick soak method place chickpeas in a colander and rinse under cool water then drain.  Move chickpeas to a medium-sized pan and cover with approximately 2" of water.  Bring water to a boil for 1 minute then cover and remove from heat.  Allow to soak for 1 hour, then rinse.  Now proceed with the final cooking phase as follows:

Standard Cooking Method - After Soaking:

In a large cooking pot add drained chickpeas covering with water double the amount of the chickpeas and then bring to a boil.  Next, set heat to low or simmer, cover and allow to simmer for approximately 1 hour.  Once chickpeas are tender, drain and cool.  Cooked chickpeas can be stored in refrigerator for three days if need be or frozen for approximately a month.

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