“Good Morning!” Granola Bars

9 Apr

Hello, little blog – I have neglected you! I just noticed my last post dated back to October 2011! Ugh.

Let’s get back into the swing of blogging with a killer breakfast recipe! VEGAN GRANOLA BARS! EEEEK!

(Adapted from: http://www.blogher.com/recipe-vegan-granola-bars )

You will need:

1 1/4 cups of puffed brown rice cereal (I use Nature’s path brand, it has no added anythings!)

1 cup quick cooking oats

2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds or hemp seeds

1 tsp ginger (optional)

½ cup ground / crushed nuts (we use cashews, but any nuts will do. I tried it with almonds and it was delish. Just make sure they’re unsalted nuts.)

¼ cup of pure maple syrup

2 tbsp water

½ cup natural peanut butter

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Mix puffed rice, oats, flax/hemp and nuts in a big bowl.

On the stove top, melt peanut butter, maple syrup and water on medium heat. Stir constantly until the peanut butter has melted and looks incorporated into the maple syrup. Once you have a creamy, smooth consistency, take off heat and stir in vanilla.

Pour the creamy mixture into the granola mixture and mix well. It gets super sticky, so I mix with my hands to get the dry fully incorporated into the wet. Once everything is mixed, pat into a baking dish or muffin tins. Pat really firmly so the granola will condense and take the shape of the tin. If you don’t pat firmly, it will crumble when you unmold or cut. Cover the dish / tin and refrigerate. Give them a night to harden in the fridge before you try to cut or unmold.

This recipe makes approx. 10 muffin molds or 1 8×8 baking dish. They’re optimally good for 1 week refrigerated, then they start to go hard. They’re still edible, but more crumbly. (the perfect consistency to crumble over fruit!) The fiancé likes vegan chocolate chips in his – if that’s your thing, add the chocolate with the dry ingredients.

These granola bars sustain me until lunch – they’re packed with healthy fats and nutrient-dense foods. If i have both on hand, i like to put 1 tbsp flax and 1 tbsp hemp instead of one or the other. Both flax and hemp are great vegan sources of omega 3s!

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