My kids are always begging me to bring cereal bars to No Bake Granola Barsschool apparently EVERYBODY in school has them.  I have reluctantly bought them on occasions.  Although they are usually marketed to be healthy to me they are similar to a chocolate bar.  They have sooo much sugars in them – honey, maple syrup, sugar, fructose, rice syrup etc.  I set myself a mission to find granola bars which were not loaded with sugar, tasty and healthy too.  I made these really delicious ones.  They do have maple syrup but aren’t too sweet.  The best thing about these is that they are quick to make and there is no baking required, yeh!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup seeds of your choice, e.g. sunflower, seasame, pumpkin, chia, linseeds
  • 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup flaked almonds
  • 1/4 cup crushed nuts of your choice (I uses almonds, pecans & walnuts)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (sugar free one!)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup dark choc chips (optional)

MethodGranola 2Granola 1

  1. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine oats, seeds, nuts, coconut, cinnamon, almonds and salt and mix.
  3. In a saucepan stir together the maple syrup, peanut butter and oil until well combined. Cook over medium heat until mixture softens.  Remove from heat and add in the vanilla.
  4. Pour the mixture over the oat mixture and stir well until all the oats are coated(This should be thick and difficult to stir, if not you can add in a bit of water until it is). If using chocolate chips, allow the mixture to cool slightly before folding them in.
  5. Transfer the mixture to the tray and spread into an even layer with wet hands.
  6. Place in the freezer and chill for 15 mins.
  7. Slice the squares and store in a lunchbox in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Granola 3

Ready for the school lunches, breakfast on the go or a quick snack!