Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Granola Bars

Granola Bars

Our entire family loves granola bars.  They're easy, tasty, highly portable snacks and make a fast breakfast.  They can also be extremely healthy and perfect for the pregnant or breastfeeding mom on the go.  However, it's imperative to watch out for many of the nutrient lacking brands in the market nowadays.  They are full of sugar, lacking in baby and breast milk making nutrition, and equal a big fat zero on the healthy radar.  

Even granola bars touting nutrition galore can be deficient, which is why I've been on the lookout for a good recipe for creating our favorite snack myself.  After many years of toying with different recipes, I've finally come up with one meeting our entire family's criteria--tastes great, and my criteria--highly nutritious, filling, cost efficient, and tasty. (My family's criteria is pretty simple.)  

This recipe takes a lot of time, but not a lot of effort, which is why I enjoy it so much.  It also uses soaked grains which protect you against too much phytic acid! 


Steel cut oats ground into a coarse flour (although I think you could use rolled oats)--1 cup
Plain Kefir (you can use coconut kefir if you are allergic to dairy)--1 cup
Maple syrup--1/2 cup
Brown Rice Flour (you can use wheat in a pinch)-- 1/2 cup
Peanut Butter--1 cup
Sea Salt--1/2 tablespoon
Ground Cinnamon--1 tablespoon
Coconut (no sugar added)--1/2 cup
Dark Chocolate chips (You can use non-dairy carob chips as well. I like ghirardelli)--1 cup


1. In a glass or stainless steel bowl, mix steel cut oats, coconut,  brown rice flour and kefir together, and add in the sea salt and cinnamon until mixed well.  Cover and let set for 6 to 8 hours (it can set longer if necessary).  

2.  Stir in Peanut butter, maple syrup and mix well.  Add in dark chocolate chips until well incorporated.  Dust a round cookie pan with flour, and then spread the mixture over the entire surface.  

3. Heat oven to 75 degrees (you can use a food dehydrator if your oven doesn't go down this low).  Slide the cookie pan into the oven and bake for 8 to 12 hours, or until the granola bars are the consistency you like (Ours were crunchy rather than gooey, which is my personal preference; however, you may prefer a more gooey texture.)

4. Cut into bars, and enjoy.  I must say they go very well with Warm Chai!!!

What you get nutrition-wise:


Jessica said...

Is the flour just for dusting or should I soak it with the oats?

Kristi said...

You can soak it with the oats. You will need just a tiny bit for dusting.

Kristi said...

Thanks for pointing that out!! I changed it in the recipe post.

beyond the peel said...

These look great. I'm always looking for granola ideas since my husband skis several times a week and he burns a lot of calories. These are great and I love all the natural ingredients.

I host a Whole Food Wednesday over at Beyond The Peel. Here's the link if you'd like to come by and share. http://www.beyondthepeel.net/2012/01/whole-food-wednesdays-curried-lentil-soup.html

Thanks again for the nice recipe and have a great day.

Kristi said...

Thanks!!! I would love to!!

France Morissette said...

Hi Kristi, Thank you for stopping by and sharing this healthful and tasty recipe. I hope to see you gain soon. Have a great weekend.