5 January 2014

Homemade Healthy Granola Bars


These healthy granola bars are a lovely alternative to grabbing a chocolate bar at the 2pm sugar crash (it can't be just me!). As they are made at home you have total control over what you are putting in them and therefore know that they don't fall in to the 'low fat' convenience food bracket which usually means it is packed with salt and sugar and heavens know what else. These recipes are everywhere really but I took some inspiration from a recipe Anna, from Box Bell Fit training centre issued to members, and one featured in a 'Clean Eating' article somewhere on the web (I cannot find it now but if I do I will credit it on here). 

To be honest, you can switch around most of the ingredients in this recipe, for example, you could add more dried fruit, lose the dark chocolate chips, add more nuts or seeds etc. Just think sensibly and don't put too much in the way of additional sugar in to the bars.

This is the list of ingredients I put in my bars:
2 medium free range eggs
1.5 tablespoons of honey
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
1/2 mug of pumpkins seeds (chopped)
1/3 mug of sunflower seeds
1/2 mug of mixed nuts (chopped)
1/2 mug of flaked coconut
1 small packed of dark chocolate chips
1/2 mug of dried apricots (chopped)
1/3 mug of raisins
How to:
1. Pre-heat over to 170c (350f)
2. Whisk together the 'wet' ingredients
3. Mix together the 'dry' ingredients
4. Add the egg, vanilla and honey (wet mixture) to the dry mixture and stir in well.
5. Place the ingredients on a flat baking tray and press down. Try not to press any thinner than 1cm.
6. Place tray in the oven for 20-25 minutes. The granola should turn a golden colour and not be to 'squidgy' on top.
7. When done take out of the oven and leave to cool, chop into portion sizes and store!

Easy!
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