I guess in my previous life I was a squirrel because I LOVE nuts, seeds and dried fruits in all variations! I could spend all day just nibbling (whether pure, as muesli, granola bars, sprinkled over my salad or otherwise)! And how wonderful that I am actually doing something really good for me! These healthy, sugar free snacks contain lots of fiber, multiple unsaturated fatty acids, tons of minerals and vitamins and they don’t let the blood sugar levels rush high and crash again like other sweets you can buy at the kiosk. That means, you are saturated for longer and don’t feel sudden cravings. In addition, nuts and dried fruit are super brain foods and perfect when you need energy and nerves and need to focus.
It’s obvious that I, therefore show you my recipe for granola bars that you can mix together quickly and on which you can live long (.. now I am thinking of squirrels again, hoarding their nuts for the winter …).
Here’s the ingredient list (which you can modify, depending on which nuts, seeds or dried fruits you like):
- 200 g of dates (preferably Medjool, they are nice and sticky)
- 150 g nuts (I used apricot kernels, walnuts and cashews)
- 70 g rolled oats (gluten-free, if desired)
- 70 g of seeds (I had pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and flax seeds on hand)
- 20 g amaranth (popped)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional, I simply use them because they are so great)
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup (if you like it sweeter, you can also take 4-5 tablespoons and of course alternatively honey, agave syrup or other sweeteners)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (sunflower or canola oil works also)
- 1 pinch of salt
- First, put the dates in the food processor / blender to create a sticky mass (at the end it is just a sticky date-ball)
- Then crush the nuts slightly smaller (either in a blender or fill them in a freezer bag and hit with a pan), so that they are still lumpy and some may even still be complete.
- Place nuts and dates in a bowl and pour in all the remaining ingredients.
- Knead all together and grease on a lined baking tray (about 1 cm thick).
- Firmly press with your hands, until you have a firm, sticky rectangular plate and no more loose crumbs.
- Place 20 minutes in the oven at about 180 ° C (top / bottom heat). Better look after it after 15 minutes so nothing gets burnt.
- Then remove from the oven, place the baking sheet on a rack and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
- Then cut with a sharp knife into bars and pack in waxed paper (so you can take a bar with you in your handbag whenever you need one) and store in an airtight container (at least 3 months!).
- ALTERNATIVELY: You can also make them as raw bars without baking. So skip the oven and just place the tray in your freezer for 4 hours and cut into bars afterwards. These raw bars also taste great and the heat-sensitive vitamins will not be destroyed. They are just missing that roasted flavor.
Have lots of fun with my recipe!