Walnut and Cherry Granola Bars

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Shen Calming, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Walnut and Cherry Granola Bars
By Kylie Roach

¼ C. brown sugar
¼ C. maple syrup
¼ C. honey
2 Tblsp. nut butter (almond)
1 egg white
1 Tblsp. low fat milk (almond)
1 Tsp. vanilla extract
1 C. whole wheat flour
½ Tsp. baking soda
½ Tsp. cinnamon
Dash of allspice (optional)
2 C. old fashioned oats
1 C. crisp rice cereal
¼ C. dried cherries
¼ C. chopped walnuts
1-2 Tblsp. black sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 350
In a large bowl combine: sugar, maple syrup, honey, nut butter, egg white, milk and vanilla extract. Mix well.
In another bowl combine: flour, baking soda, cinnamon and allspice.
Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well.
Gently stir in the remaining ingredients: oats, cereal, cherries, walnuts, sesame seeds.
Coat a 8×8 or larger baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Spread the mixture into the pan and press it into form.
Bake for 18-20 or until golden brown.
Score shallow cuts (in the shape you want the bars) to aide in the cooling.
Cool completely then cut bars and serve.

Brown sugar: Warm and sweet, strengthens digestion, warms body, lubricates LU
Maple syrup: Warm and sweet, nourishes yin, strengthens SP?
Honey: Warm and sweet, nourishes yin, strengthens SP
Almond butter: Neutral and sweet, moistens LU, transforms phlegm
Egg white: Nourishes yin and blood
Almond milk: Neutral and sweet, moistens LU
Whole wheat flour: Slightly cool and sweet, clears heat, quenches thirst, calms shen
Cinnamon: Hot, pungent and sweet, warms the body, tonifies KD, strengthens ST
Old fashioned oats: Warm and sweet, strengthens SP, tonifies Qi
Crisp rice cereal: Slightly cool and sweet, clears heat, diuretic, nourishes yin?
Dried cherries: Warm and sweet, strengthens SP, regenerates fluids, stops diarrhea
Chopped walnuts: Slightly warm and sweet, tonifies KD, reduces cholesterol
Black sesame seeds: Neutral and sweet, tonfies KD/LV, nourishes yin. restores hair color

The ingredients in this recipe mainly strengthen the SP. There are several KD tonifying ingredients as well. Nourishing, supporting and boosting to Qi and yin are the focus of this recipe. This would be good for someone who is generally deficient and is a good snack in the morning to get the body ready for the day.