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Bars for days

I have been wanting to try to make granola bars for a really long time, and for some reason I thought that they were super hard to make…

Well hello, I was wrong. It takes about 10-15min to make the mix and then you just pop them into oven.

I didn’t want to make any fancy ones, ┬áSO for my first attempt I decided to check what I have in the kitchen and make them from what we have, and this is what I came up with…all ingredients are super easy to get hold of, and all super healthy eating to give you a little bit more POWER!

Quinoa – packed with goodness. Consist about 20 percent protein; it’s high in lysine and is a good source of iron and potassium. High levels of B vitamin.

Maca – root vegetable from high Andes of Bolivia and Peru. Helps with stress symptoms, lowers cortisol levels which helps you to sleep better. Helps muscles when training hard.

Cranberry – good source of C vitamin, fiber and manganese. Also great for urinary tract infections.

Dates – super food for anyone who has an active lifestyle or trains a lot. Consist almost completely of glucose, which is sugar in it’s natural form.

Coconut – lowers cholesterol. And is basically all around good for you food.

Sunflower Seeds – almost 22 percent of protein, quite high in vitamin E and are rich with antioxidants.

Oats – that good fiber that keeps you full for longer.

Agave Nectar – natural sweetener

Peanut Butter – do we even have to go here! Just use sugar free brand, I use organic chunky one with no extra stuff in it. Yum!

Basically you can do these from whatever you have at your home. I used these and will try different grains/nuts/seeds/berries/fruits next time. One thing you can use always the same is the mix of agave and peanut butter.

They came out great, which was a bit of an exciting moment, as I had no idea!

Here’s the recipe to my “what’s in my cupboards granolaish bars”

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Quinoa Puffs (kind of puffed up quinoa)
  • 1 tablespoon Maca powder
  • 1 tablespoon Maca powder
  • 1 tablespoon Cranberry powder
  • 0,5 cup dried Dates
  • 1 tablespoon shredded Coconut
  • 0,5 cup Sunflower seeds
  • 0,5 cup shredded Oats
  • 0,5 cup Agave nectar ( you can also use maple syrup or honey)
  • 0,5 cup Peanut Butter

Method:

  1. Heat oven to 160C or 325F
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl
  3. Chop the dates in small chunks and mix with the dry ingredients
  4. Mix the agave and peanut butter together, might take some effort, depending how thick the peanut butter is
  5. Mix all together in to thick sticky dough, it really should be sticky
  6. Put the mix on to a baking tray, covered with baking paper
  7. Put another baking paper on top of the mix and roll it hard with a rolling pin. the mix should be really “melted” tight together, otherwise it will just break loose while in the oven.
  8. And in the oven for about 20-30min depending on your oven, check it regularly and when the surface looks a bit golden brown and the middle isn’t too soft anymore, it’s done.
  9. Take out and place on a wire rack to cool down, and let it really cool, otherwise it will be super hard to cut. About 30 min.
  10. Cut into preferable pieces and ENJOY! :)