Sometimes, especially during the middle of the week, you really just need a snack that has some serious staying power.
These healthy homemade granola bars are your go-to nutrition companion to fuel your day. You can make granola bars with different ingredients according to your preferences but I suggest to include tahini, honey, dark chocolate and linseeds. Why? Read below the reasons.
Tahini: Tahini is a thick paste-like sauce made from sesame seeds, with a little bit of oil mixed in to make it the right consistency, and usually nothing else. Tahini is a ground sesame seed paste, similar to peanut butter in texture. It is a creamy, oily, and smooth nut butter rich in calcium. You can use peanut butter but I prefer tahini since compared to other to other nuts and seeds, sesame seeds are high in healthy fats and amino acids, are great source of essential vitamins & minerals while the help regulate blood pressure and cholesterol.
Honey: Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants while ancient Olympic athletes would eat honey and dried figs to enhance their performance. This has now been verified with modern studies, showing that it is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time than other sweeteners.
Dark chocolate: If you buy quality dark chocolate with a high cocoa content, then it is actually quite nutritious. It contains a decent amount of soluble fiber and is loaded with minerals.
Linseeds: Linseeds are high in omega 3 fats, which play a role in maintaining normal cholesterol levels.
For making these little guys besides tahini, honey, dark chocolate and linseeds I have used the following:
- 300 g tahini
- 200 g honey
- 150 g dark chocolate couverture, chopped into pieces
- 150 g mixed nuts (hazelnuts, almonds, peanuts)
- 150 g cereal
- 200 g oats
- 80 g raisins
- 30 gr linseeds
- 30 gr sunflower seeds
Heat the honey in the microwave for 30 seconds and after heating it combine tahini and honey together in a large bowl. Be careful not to over mix because it will make the mixture too thick.
Put the chocolate in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and melt in the microwave for 2 minutes, set at 800 watts. If you don’t have a microwave melt chocolate in a bain marie.
Add the melted chocolate to the tahini-honey mixture and mix. Add the oats, mixed nuts, linseeds, sunflower seeds and raisins. Mix with a spatula. Then, add the cereal and continue to mix by hand.
Spread a very large piece of plastic wrap over a 20×30 cm baking pan, letting it hang over the edges. Spread the mixture over the wrap and sprinkle some more sunflower seeds over the top.
Cover with overhanging plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3-4 hours, until firm. To serve, cut into 20 equal sized bars, each 5 cm thick.
These granola bars are a perfect hearty snack because they keep you full for hours and don’t provide a sugar overload. Their flavor is great, they are made with wholesome ingredients and they are very crunchy!
I hope to enjoyed the post and to try the recipe, the bars are really tastefull! I’ll be happy to read your comments!