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, SO 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”
- 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
- Heat oven to 160C or 325F
- Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl
- Chop the dates in small chunks and mix with the dry ingredients
- Mix the agave and peanut butter together, might take some effort, depending how thick the peanut butter is
- Mix all together in to thick sticky dough, it really should be sticky
- Put the mix on to a baking tray, covered with baking paper
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cut into preferable pieces and ENJOY! :)