Granola Bars

DCIM100GOPROGOPR0996.According to some popular, but very hard-to-read, ideas, our generation is the one creating rather than buying. I am happy to say that this is mostly true (what else would I fill this blog with?). On the other side, I couldn’t be more grateful for grocery delivery services, especially during these days in between two homes and a whole lot of boxes (luckily enough with quite our share of spending time around this particular beautiful Frankfurt view). 

One of the things that I think is most definitely paying off to make yourself is a good and hearty snack. The one you might have to shell out over 1.50 euros a piece for (if you’re lucky, that is), and that makes you feel like you are not eating a chocolate bar that is actually disguised as a health food snack. The ones that make me feel safe and taken care of. Even though I made them myself. This is the kind of granola bar that I am happy to stick into my bag before I leave for work or when I travel. 

These bars have been a steady part of my routine for the last two years already and even though I kid myself and appetite in making ‘variations’, I always come back to the original recipe. There is no need to bake these and they will last for at least two weeks. You can easily substitute most of the ingredients to your likings and cupboard content.
Hope you will like these as much as I do!

Photo 21-08-15 08 00 39Granola Bars
Adapted from Food52 ‘Five minute, no-bake vegan granola bars’
These makes 10-12 Granola Bars, best kept wrapped individually either in your bread box or fridge.

  • 250 grams of rolled oats (I prefer the coarsed, non-instant ones, but you can easily use either)
  • 130 grams of sunflower seeds (or alternatively pumpkin seeds)
  • 250 grams of crunchy peanut butter (or another nut butter, such as almond butter)
  • 150 grams of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla essence
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon of cacao nibs*
  • ½ teaspoon of aniseed*
  • ½ teaspoon of chia seeds*
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon*

Mix all ingredients except the cinnamon and chia seeds in a large bowl and mix until it all feels a little sticky (no worries, this will firm up and get better after a little time in the fridge). Press the mixture in a lined baking form and sprinkle it with the cinnamon and chia seeds (unless you would like to leave these out). After a night in the fridge, the granola bars are easily sliced into pieces.
For the best result wrap them in baking paper (I usually cut one sheet in quarters and close these with a little washi tape – I like these).

*These ingredients are really not necessary, but I like how they provide taste and a little crunch. Please feel free to omit or replace these with anything you have on hand.

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