Easy Energy Granola Bars

Easy Energy Granola Bars
These are packed with blood-sugar balancing proteins from the nuts and seeds and fibre from the dried fruit, which help support healthy digestion. As these don't contain any refined sugar eating, it will help to avoid the slump that comes from so many treats and will provide an instant energy boost instead. Roasting the nuts and seeds really brings out their flavour and the dried fruit brings plenty of natural sweetness.
Icon_cookingtime_grey Created with Sketch. 40 mins
Icon_apron_grey Created with Sketch. Easy
Icon_cloche_grey Created with Sketch. Serves 20
Easy Energy Granola Bars

Ingredients

60g Hazelnuts

60g Almonds

40g Sunflower seeds

40g Sesame seeds

40g Pumpkin seeds

80g Dried apricots

80g Figs

120g Oats

120g Smooth Peanut Butter

120g Honey

120g Pitted Dates

30 ml (2 tbsp) Water

How to make

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C

  2. Place dates in a small bowl and cover with the water. Place in the microwave for 1 minute to soften. (If you don’t have a microwave you can do this in a saucepan)

  3. Puree the dates with a hand blender or using the back of a wooden spoon to squash down to a paste

  4. Place your nuts and seeds in a bowl or plastic food bag and bash with a rolling pin to break them down slightly. Mix in your oats and then pour this all into a roasting tin and roast for 10-15 minutes until the nuts have browned and the oats lightly toasted

  5. Chop up your figs and apricots

  6. In a saucepan add your honey, peanut butter and dates and stir all together until a soft paste

  7. Mix everything together

  8. Turn out into a roasting tray lined with non-stick baking parchment until a few centimetres deep and place in the fridge to firm up

  9. Cut into small squares and enjoy

NOTES

You can alternatively buy pre-roasted nut and seed mixes (opt for the unsalted varieties) from most supermarkets. Don’t underestimate how much children like seeds and nuts; they love the crunchy texture and make a great snack to have on the go.

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