So I was at the supermarket looking at the packs of granola bars for kid one’s school lunches, reading ingredients (as you do) and I suddenly thought, you know what? I think we can do better than this. For the price of around 3 or 4 boxes of these pre-packaged numbers, I could make a huge tray, absolutely packed with organic nuts and seeds and get a good kilo of organic oats as well.
And so that’s what we did. And we got a good hour of hanging out together baking into the bargain. One of the best ideas I’ve ever had making homemade, no bake granola bars, if I do say so myself.
This recipe makes a huge tray of granola bars, I thought well, if you’re going to do it, you may as do it right, right? I knew hubby was going to love them and is looking for an alternative to toast every morning, so why not a whole lot of deliciousness instead? Beats dry toast any day of the week I reckon.
The kids had an absolute ball measuring, mixing, stirring, dropping spoonfuls of mix on the floor… woops, we won’t mention that part. I tried to contain the steam that threatened to blow out my ears and I didn’t yell, honest. And when we were done, they got to decorate it with a whole packet of chocolate buttons. One for me, one for the tray. One for me…
With this all round amazingness you can whip up at home, who needs store bought? Not me anymore, that’s for sure.
I managed to find some brown string and a paper bag to wrap up a gorgeous present for dad’s lunch tomorrow. He will be the envy of his work mates for sure.
I mean who wouldn’t feel loved bringing all that awesomeness into work? He totally deserves it though. He’s pretty special. In a good way.
So are you going to try them? If so, please let me know how they turn out in the comments below.
- 5 C organic wholegrain oats (gluten free if you are intolerant)
- 1 C organic dessicated coconut
- 1 C organic cashews
- 1 C organic sunflower seeds
- 1 C organic pumpkin seeds
- ½ C chopped chocolate or choc chips
- ½ C organic sultanas or raisins
- ½ t salt
- 230g/8oz organic butter or coconut oil
- ⅔ C honey
- ½ C brown sugar
- Organic chocolate buttons to decorate
- Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F.
- Mix the oats and coconut together on your biggest tray and add to the oven to toast. Toasting is not necessary if you buy pre-toasted nuts, but if you start with raw (cheaper), then toasting will improve the flavour immensely. Check every few minutes as the edges will toast quickly. Keep returning the toasted oats to the centre and spreading them out again.
- Mix the cashews, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds together in a separate tray and put them in the oven to toast. Watch these closely as well and turn often.
- Melt the butter and honey in a large glass bowl in the microwave. Stir in the chocolate chips, salt and sultanas (or raisins).
- Once all ingredients in the oven have toasted, stir everything into the wet mix. Mix well, then press into your biggest baking dish. You may need to use two baking dishes or even three.
- Place back into the oven just for a minute or two just to warm the top so the chocolate buttons will melt slightly and stick to the bars.
- Cool in a cold room or in the fridge if you have room.