Granola Bars

Healthy Granola Bars

Hazelnut & Chocolate Granola Bars Recipe

All you snackers out there raise your hand! Well, I raised both of my hands, as I usually have one savory snack and one sweet snack throughout the day. If you are like me and your sweet tooth hits at some point of the day, you will love this recipe. Crunchy and delicious, just the perfect combination of nuts and chocolate – A recipe for healthy Granola Bars. My mouth is watering just writing about it. Thank God there are still some in the fridge.

A restrictive diet is not for me. I do like my snacks, sweet or salty, and I wouldn’t miss it for the world. However I´m not the biggest fan of any store bought treats. Additives, tons of sugar and other unnecessary ingredients to make the product last longer and who knows what is not on the label. I love to create healthier alternatives, where I know what I’m putting into my body. I’m sure you will love this recipe for healthier Granola Bars/ Müsli Bars. 

Refined sugar free, almost vegan (just exchange one little ingredient and you´re good to go), and gluten free, crunchy, yummy, nutty and so easy and quick to make. 


Ingredients

3 cups oats
⅓ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup shredded hazelnuts 
½ cup shredded coconut 

6 tablespoons coconut oil
½  cup honey
3 tablespoons agave syrup 

1 teaspoon cinnamon 
½ teaspoon maca powder 
¼ Salt 
¼ teaspoon baobab powder 

Chocolate (milk or dark)

(Maca and Baobab powder are not vital but nice to haves) 

 

Alternative Ingredients

Replace honey with any other syrup to make the recipe vegan 

Preparation Time: 15 minutes 
Baking Time: 30 minutes 

Step by Step Recipe 

  1. Preheat the oven: 170 degree Celsius (338 degrees Fahrenheit)  
  2. Mix all dry ingredients (oats, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts and shredded coconut) 
  3. Melt Coconut oil and mix with honey and agave syrup in a pan 
  4. Add cinnamon, maca powder, salt and baobab to the syrup 
  5. Let the mixture simmer until dark brown and thick 
  6. Mix dry ingredients with all wet ingredients until evenly coated 
  7. Prepare tray: 22 x 30 cm (9 x 12 inch) and place a baking sheet inside 
  8. Transfer the whole mixture into the baking tray – use a spatula to evenly press it down 
  9. Bake the granola bars for 30 minutes until golden brown 
  10. Allow to cool for at least some hours or overnight in the fridge 
  11. Melt chocolate of your liking ( even old Christmas decoration or chocolate Easter rabbits work), preferably for the healthiest option dark chocolate 
  12. Simply pour the melted chocolate on the baked mixture and spread evenly 
  13. Once the chocolate has set and cooled down, cut into bars
  14. Storage preferably in the fridge but also possible at room temperature 
  15. Enjoy ❤️

 

Serving Suggestion 

  1. As a quick breakfast on the go 
  2. As a pre or post workout snack 
  3. Crumbled on top of joghurt/ cutted with your favorite milk and fruits  
  4. As a snack whenever your sweet tooth hits 
  5. Crush the granola bar and add some melted butter/ coconut oil, resulting in a perfect no-bake cake base

 

Health Benefits

Nuts
  • contain healthy fats which keep you fuller for longer 
  • loaded with antioxidants 
  • may reduce inflammation 
  • are nutrient dense (magnesium, phosphorus, selenium etc. )

 

Maca powder
  • may increase fertility, mood and libido
  • may reduce blood pressure 
  • highly nutritious 
  • may boost energy 

 

Baobab Powder
  • loaded with antioxidants 
  • may reduce inflammation 
  • high in vitamins & minerals
  • high in fiber

 

Dark chocolate
  • source of antioxidants
  • may reduce inflammation 
  • may reduce risk of heart disease
  • contains healthy fats 
  • may boost your mood and energy
  • good for your skin/ supports collagen production 

 

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