granola bars

I was never a big fan of breakfasts. I know, I know - shame on me. But wait. Let me explain. The thing is that most of the times I can't simply put something in my stomach when I am in a rush, too sleepy or nervous for something. And that's most of my week days.
I feel like I can only enjoy a good breakfast when I am not going anywhere in the morning and just have enough time to chillax and stay at home.
However, I still have quite a big trip every morning to do until I reach the office. And because age actually weights, I can no longer make two coffees my breakfast without passing out. For this reason, I always force myself to eat something, even if small, in the morning before leaving home, to keep my stomach entertained while I travel to the office.
Once I reach the office (or a couple of hours later) my stomach is finally ready for something else, but by that time I can no longer make the necessary time to eat something as I should, and so I usually just grab a natural juice, some more coffee and eat a healthy snack.
This is my last Monday before going back to work and I though why not making my own "healthy snack" instead of buying it from the grocery store? And so this recipe arises. Hope you enjoy it!
What you will need:
  • 1/2 cup of Soya, Rice or Almond Milk
  • 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 cup of Oats
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of Mixed Muesli (If you'd like, otherwise use only Oats)
  • 1/2 cup of Slices Mixed Nuts
  • 1 cup of Peanuts Butter
  • Some Coconut, Cranberries and Maple Syrup
granola bars recipe

In a bowl mix the brown sugar with the peanut butter for 4 minutes. Then mix the flour, oats, mixed muesli, and the milk. Last but not least mix the sliced nuts and you should have something similar to what's in the picture above.
Side note: If you want to just make one type of bars, feel free to mix the coconut or the cranberries now. Because David doesn't like coconut I decided to join it at the end and that's actually how I came up with the 3 in 1 bars. Much more versatile so thanks love!
granola bars recipe
I prefer using parchment paper rather than oiling the baking dish. But if you prefer oiling it I would suggest using coconut oil instead of butter or any other oil.
Once the dough is ready, press it onto the baking dish. Place the coconut on top of the left third of the dough and the cranberries on the middle third. Leave the right third of the dough without any toppings, as you will be adding the maple syrup on this third after it cools down. Preheat the oven to 190ºC/350F and bake it for around 19 minutes.
Your kitchen should smell like the candy bars Snickers by now. Hmm Yummy!
Take the baking dish from the oven and let it cool down before cutting the bars.
You can store the bars up to one week, if you can resist them for that long!
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