Beauty boost bars with seeds and cranberries

Makes approximately 10 bars

Ingredients

  • 50g each of dates, dried apricots and sunflower seeds
  • 100g raisins
  • 100g porridge oats
  • 30g chia seeds
  • 25g medium oatmeal
  • 20g linseeds
  • 25g goji berries and/or dried cherries
  • 25g dried cranberries
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • 2 tbsp cold-pressed rapeseed oil, plus a drizzle to grease the tin
healthy snack bars Liz Earle Wellbeing

These healthy snack bars are not only quick to make but a real beauty boost, packed full of nutritious, skin-plumping goodness. These bars are also a great way to balance out your hormones as the linseeds, chia and sunflower seeds contain phytoestrogens. Make a batch ahead of the week so you have something delicious to reach for in a low-energy slump.

Method

  1. Whizz all of the ingredients in a food processor until it forms a firm dough ball, then press lightly into a lightly oiled loaf tin or baking tray.
  2. Press the dough down to a thickness of around 2cm, then refrigerate for an hour or so before cutting into cubes.
  3. Alternatively, roll the dough into a thick sausage shape and cover with tin foil, then cut a slice from the tube as and when you need it.

Wellbeing Wisdom

  • High in soluble fibre, which helps keep us regular, linseeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acid, which keeps our skin plump
  • Linseed also contains lignans – soluble fibres which can help rebalance oestrogen levels and fend off dreaded menopausal hot flushes