Granola bars might look healthy but the reality is, most shop-bought ones are packed full of sugar and other nasty things that sneakily cause our waistlines to expand! But fear not, as not all granola bars are unhealthy. I’ve found this yummy recipe that will have you ditching those chocolate bars in no time!
You will need:
- 2 cups oats
- 3/4 cup wheat germ
- 3/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup peanuts, crushed
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup honey
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
- approximately 8 oz. dried fruit
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.
- Crush the peanuts
- Mix the peanuts, oats, wheat germ, and sunflower seeds in a baking dish.
- Toast the mixture in the oven for 10-12 minutes, stirring every few minutes so that they don’t get burned.
- Prepare a glass baking dish (about 11 x 13 inches) for your granola by lining it with waxed paper lightly sprayed with a nonstick spray.
- Put the brown sugar, honey, butter, vanilla, and salt into a saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly.
- Once the grains and nuts are toasted, mix everything together in a large bowl.
- Mix well and then place granola mixture into your prepared baking dish
- Fold over the sides of the waxed paper or add a sheet on top, and press all over the granola. You want to compact it together so that your bars won’t fall apart when you cut them.
- Wait 2-3 hours or until the granola has totally cooled. Cut and enjoy!
Tip: Try leaving out the peanuts next time, making the granola ’nutless’ at first, then during the pressing-down part, press almonds into the top of the bars. Other options are macadamia nuts, dried pineapple, and coconut flakes, dried cranberries, walnuts, white chocolate chips… the list is endless!!
Images and recipe via joyfulabode.com.
Posted by Emily
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1-1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup pure maple syrup, divided
2 tsp butter
2 cups sliced hulled strawberries
2 cups thinly sliced, peeled peaches
1 cup blueberries
1 cup cubed peeled kiwifruit (about 3)
2 cups non-fat plain yoghurt
Mix oats and walnuts in 13 x 9 x 2-inch (33 x 23 x 5 cm) baking tray.
Combine 1/4 cup (50 ml) of the maple syrup and butter in small saucepan. Bring to boil. Pour maple syrup mixture over oat mixture; stir to blend well.
Bake for around 10 minutes at 375°F (190°C) oven, stirring occasionally, until mixture is golden and crisp. Cool granola completely in pan.
Gently toss strawberries, peaches, blueberries, kiwifruit and remaining maple syrup in large bowl to blend. Divide half of the fruit mixture among 6 parfait or wine glasses. Sprinkle each parfait with half the granola mixture, dividing equally. Top each with half of the yoghurt. Repeat layers. Serve immediately.
Makes 6 servings.
Posted by Emily