Hey there :)
Granola bars is a thing I make every once in a while. It’s easy to make and perfect way to get rid off some leftover ingredients. In my case I’m talking about nut pulp. I make nutmilk almost on a weekly basis so naturally all those ground nuts need a purpose. I hate throwing food away… but I also can’t just put them in my freezer for forever :)
So granola bars is one of the go-to-things I make. I have to be honest, the base I am using does not change a lot, but I play around with spices so they will taste just a bit different every time.
Granola bars are also a perfect way to increase one’s protein intake as you can stuff them with lots of protein rich food or just you can add a scoop of protein powder. Makes it also a nice after workout snack :)
prep time: 10 minutes + baking time +++ yields: about 12 bars, but depends on how big you slice them
- 1 ½ Cup / 175g leftover nut pulp from making nut milk, or almond meal
- 1 generous Cup / 105g rolled oats
- ½ Cup / 60g chopped walnuts
- 1/3 Cup / 45g pumpkin seeds, shelled
- 1/3 Cup / 45g sunflower seeds
- scant 1/3 Cup / 65g coconut sugar, or brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp. hemp seeds, shelled
- 1 tsp. lucuma powder (optional)
- 1 tsp. vanilla powder
- 1 tsp. tonka bean, freshly ground
- 2 tsp. cardamom
- 1 tsp. turmeric.
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ Cup / 130g nut butter of choice
- ½ Cup / 125ml rice syrup
- about ½ Cup / 70g chopped dark chocolate
In a big bowl mix together all of the dry ingredients.
In another one mix the wet ingredients. When combined, pour, or spoon the wet ingredients over the dry ones.
With a spoon or your hands mix the ingredients until combined. The dough should be a bit sticky but workable without problems.
Line a square pan (like for brownies) or a loaf pan if you have nothing square with baking sheets and put the dough into the pan. Press down with your hands just a bit.
Then top with the chopped chocolate and press down again, this time a little harder.
Bake in the oven at 175°C for about 35-40 Minutes.
Take out, let cool, remove from the form and cut into slices with a sharp knife.
Stored in the fridge they last for at least a week, probably longer.