I’ve been making my own Granola for years to add a bit of texture to yoghurt and fruit or a snack on the run but I’ve been a bit slack in that department over the last few months and the fam have been loving the ease of cereal bars and have gone through enough to cover our sugar intake for the next year or so. In order to rein back some eating healthy habits I decided to turn my granola into bars…
Yep that didn’t work at all. Really crumbly and not quite right.
So I turned to Google for help and found out peeps put peanut butter in their recipes. Say whaaaat?!
Yeah I was all over that.
So after a couple of attempts this is what I came up with. The husband is happy (phew) and the little one is not eating what pretty much solely consisted of sugar….
So whadda you need?
30g Dessicated Coconut
60g Nuts – I use whole Hazelnuts and crush them and Almond Flakes
60g Seeds – I use Sunflower and Pumpkin
1&1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1/2-1 Tablespoon Golden Syrup (depends how sweet you want it)
6/7 Heaped Tablespoon Honey
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 Heaped Tablespoon Peanut butter – I use the Whole Foods one as it only contains nuts and oil and no other rubbish. Plus it tastes bloody delicious!
You can pretty much add what you like so feel free to throw in some
devils food raisins, dried fruit etc.
Preheat oven to gas mark 4
Start toasting the almond flakes in a dry frying pan, once they get some colour add the seeds, rest of the nuts and coconut. After a minute or two add the oats for another couple of minutes (be careful not to burn them). Once it’s done mix in the cinnamon and nutmeg.
In the meantime melt the peanut butter, honey, golden syrup and vanilla extract in a large pan. When it starts to foam, bubble and rise (like below) take it off the heat and pour in the dry ingredients and mix, put back on the heat for a minute until the ingredients are coated.
Use a square baking tray lined with baking/parchment paper and pour the mix in.
Make sure you press down well and into the corners.
Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes
Slice it up. This should make around 10 bars
If you want to make granola to crumble over yoghurt and fruit or drown in milk use the same recipe but omit a couple of tablespoons of honey and don’t pack the mix into the baking tray so much.
To store the bad boys, keep in a air tight container and they should last a few weeks.
Cup of tea, a bar of this and half a grapefruit and I’m ready to tackle the day.
OK maybe just another cup of tea first….