Firstly homemade granola energy bars are easy to make. No nasty hidden undesirable ingredients. Made with healthy super-foods together with a combination of oats, nuts, seeds and fruit!
Secondly, I love making granola energy bars as they are completely adaptable to whatever ingredients I happen to have on hand. With this in mind it means that I can swap out any of the ingredients that I would use. That is to say if my boys want to mix things up a little, then we add in some choc-chips or even a nut butter. These are great for popping in their lunchboxes, plus hubby is a fan, equally I really like them too! So, we make them regularly!
These are great and hold their shape, so really good for popping in your gym bag, purse or for an afternoon snack. Or perhaps a late night snack when the munchies attack…. shhhhh I’m not guilty!
Granola Energy Bars are loaded with healthy proteins, seeds, oats and dried fruit. Great for kids who are on the run and don’t have time to sit down. Make an excellent post-workout or post running snack. I hope if you try them, that you love them just as much as we do.
- easy and fun to make
- simple ingredients
- lunchbox friendly
- completely adaptable
- slightly chewy
- not overly sweet
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Granola Energy Bars
Perfect for a mid-afternoon snack or as a grab-n-go bar for those mornings that are a little more hectic.
- 150 g oats
- 25 g almonds
- 25 g walnuts
- 3 Tbsp desiccated coconut
- 50 g pumpkin seeds
- 30 g cranberries
- 20 g currants
- 20 g goji berries
- 30 g sultanas
- 4-5 medjool dates pitted
- 1 medium orange – zest & juice
- 2 Tbsp ground flaxseeds
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tspn ground cinnamon
- 2 ripe bananas mashed
- 3 Tbsp almond nut butter
- 1 Tbsp tahini
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 1.5 Tbsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 180 C / 356 F degrees.. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. I used a small slice pan L28cm x W18cm x H3cm. (L11″ x W7″ H1″)
Spread the oats, nuts, seeds and coconut over the prepared baking tray. Place the tray into the oven for 6-8 minutes to toast it. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.
Meanwhile, place the chopped dates, dried fruits and zest of the orange into a medium size bowl. Pour the freshly squeezed orange juice over the dried fruits and allow to soak for 5 minutes.
On a plate, mash the bananas. To this, add the ground flaxseeds, ground cinnamon, chia seeds, vanilla and nut butter.
Place the cool toasted oats and nut mixture into a large mixing bowl. To this now add the mashed banana mixture and the soaked fruit. Stir to combine.
Pour the combined mixture into your prepared baking pan. Spread evenly. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden all over.
Allow to cool completely.
Slice into bars and transfer to an airtight container. Keeps for 5 days.