Granola Bars Recipe
Wooh! It is the weekend. This weekend we also have the added bonus of having Anzac Day fall on a Monday – bring on the long weekend. Usually we take a long drive somewhere and we all know how taxing drives can be. You need to crank up the music and have snacks on hand to survive. We usually buy all sorts of junk food to fuel us. Yes, yes I know it is bad for us but really the muesli bars sold at supermarkets are not any better not to mention expensive! But for our trip this time I wanted to bring something healthy. We have been doing so well with eating at home and loading up on healthy food for the last few weeks it seems a waste to stop the habit.
So I decided that I shall make my own granola bars. I mean, I already make my own granola, how hard could granola bars be? With the help of Google I confirmed that they were indeed super easy. In fact they are so insanely easy that I am going to make it by the batch as daily work snacks. No cooking experience necessary – I promise you.
- 2 cups whole oats
- 1/4 cup walnuts, crushed
- 1/4 cup almonds, crushed
- Handful of dried cranberries - or any dried fruit
- Handful of chia seeds (optional)
- 2 tbsp black sesame powder
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Preheat oven to 180°C.
- Coat oats with olive oil and spread evenly on a baking sheet. Toast till fragrant, stirring occasionally.
- Remove oats, place into a bowl and allow to cool.
- Line a suitable sized baking tin and set aside.
- Place honey, peanut butter and sugar in a saucepan. Heat over low heat until peanut butter and sugar is melted, stir to combine into a smooth mixture.
- Mix nuts, dried fruit, chia seeds and black sesame powder into the bowl of toasted oats. Give it a good stir.
- Mix the melted mixture from step 5 into the dry mixture in step 6.
- Pour the mixture into the baking tin and press firmly till compact.
- Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, remove and slice into bars.
- Wrap each bar with gladwrap for an easy 'grab and go' snack.
- To prevent sticking, place a layer of baking paper or aluminium foil between each layer of granola bars in your container.
- Best to keep them refrigerated, it will keep longer this way.
- Change the ingredients around! Use coconut instead of sesame powder. Apricots instead of cranberries - the possibilities are endless.
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