I’ve recently received a few emails and spotted some comments on my Instagram photos with regards to creating a recipe for something healthy, and for something with a little less sugar so I thought this was the ideal opportunity to share a healthy(ier) recipe.
So here you have it, these protein packed granola bars are healthy and yummy! They store well, last well and taste even better a day or so after they’ve been baked. Oh, and they are gluten free too. Actually, thinking about it, if you could find a honey substitute (maple syrup maybe?) they could easily be vegan – challenge for ya there!
This recipe yields 16 to 20 granola bars and shouldn’t take you longer than 15/20 minutes to do.
- 65g pecan pieces & 65g almonds (loosely chopped or blitzed in a food processor)
- 45g pumpkin seeds
- 85g dried cranberries
- 130g of quick-cook oats (I used gluten free)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 100g of smooth peanut butter (Whole Earths is my favourite)
- 175g of runny honey
- 1.5 tsp of vanilla extract
- Line a 8-inch tin with parchment paper (you could use a bigger tin if you didn’t want them so chunky)
- Pour the oats into a large mixing bowl and then add both nuts, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, cinnamon, ginger, salt and orange zest. Mix to combine.
- In a smaller bowl, mix together the peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract until all combined and smooth.
- Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix them together until the two are evenly combined and no dry oats remain. This will be tough – if it’s too easy and too smooth add a few more oats.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared tin and use your spoon to press down and make sure the mixture is even and packed together. I used my hands too as it was easier to tell if it was all compact.
- Cover with cling-film and chill for 1 hour in the fridge.
- Bake bars at 200 degrees (fan) for 30 minutes (conversions are here if you need them)
- When cool lift out of the tin using the parchment paper edges and slice in to bar type shapes.
If you make these do let me know!