Peanut Butter Chocolate
I always have snacks with me.
You never know when you might feel like a nibble. While traveling I was eating a lot of coconut cream pie Larabars, which I love. They are made from a few simple ingredients and taste outstanding. It inspired me to make my own snack bars.
I went for granola bars with all the fixings we love. I made chewy, tasty, addicting peanut butter chocolate granola bars, as well as a vanilla-almond flavour.
This recipe is extremely versatile and simple. They are no-bake and you can literally whip up a batch in 10 minutes. The key is finding flavours that work for YOU. You may love these ones, or use it as a base to create your own.
It is important to eat a healthy, substantial afternoon snack that contains protein, high-quality fats and fiber that will provide you with energy and mental clarity. These bars have it all !!
The beauty of making granola bars from scratch is that you can put in all the goodness you like and won’t have to worry about over-sugared, over salted, high fructose corn syrup, unpronounceable chemical filled bars.
You can also get creative and wrap them up nicely secured with fun stickers adding your own personal touch :)
(adapted from A Bowl of Mush)
1 ½ cup large flake oats
¾ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 Tbsp chia seeds
2 Tbsp flax seeds, ground
2 Tbsp dark chocolate, chopped
1/2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp whole ground vanilla bean
½ cup chunky organic peanut butter
10 dates (pitted, chopped and mashed)
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup maple syrup or honey *
1. Combine oats, coconut, chopped almonds, chia seeds, ground flax seeds, chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla bean in a bowl.
2. Melt coconut oil in a large, then remove from heat. Stir in mashed dates, peanut butter and honey until thick and gooey. Combine wet mixture with dry well.
3. Pat down into a dish and cool for a few hours in the fridge to allow the oats to soak up moisture. When it is firm cut into bars or squares and store in airtight container in the freezer. Makes 12 average size granola bars.
*Note: I have used both maple syrup and honey. I liked them both, but found the honey gave it a chewier texture. You could also try agave or brown rice syrup.
Other add-ins you could include are: sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, raisins, cranberries, dried bananas, mango, cherries, wheat germ, pecans, walnuts etc….
For nutrition information on the following ingredients from these granola bars click on the link for each and scroll to the end of the post: dates, oats, chia seeds, flax seeds, coconut, cinnamon and honey.
Our grocery stores are filled with thousands of processed foods...food-like substances, NOT real food.
17, 000 new products show up each year.
The average person consumes nearly 150 lbs of food additives per year (130 lbs is sugar!).
These are some very good reasons to make your own snacks. You will love the healthy simplicity and lovable taste of chewy homemade granola bars. It’s a great way to pack in nourishment when you are on- the- go and need it the most.