The basic recipe for every granola bar
Depending on whether you bake the bars or let them harden in the fridge – the cohesion of the ingredients is important. The basic ingredients of good-tasting granola bars are:
- Butter or oil: Our recommendation is coconut oil – not only is it healthier than conventional vegetable oil, it also tastes delicious.
- Banana puree: Simply mash up ripe bananas
- Dates: Cut dates up and soak them in hot water for 10 minutes
- Peanut butter: You should make sure the peanut content is 100%
- Maple syrup, honey, coconut sugar or other sweeteners
The flavour enhancers in granola bars
So that the taste of a granola bar can compare to store bought ones, sugar or sweeteners must be added. In general, you should avoid too much sweetness in a homemade granola bar. First, because too much sugar covers up the taste of the other ingredients. Second, it drives up insulin levels. So the next energy drop comes faster than expected. And also, if you make your own bars, it is the ideal opportunity to make them with lower sugar than store bought bars.
A pinch of salt doesn’t hurt either. It enhances the taste and also prevents sodium chloride deficiency.
Depending on the ingredients, the base mixture must be heated to medium heat until everything is nice and liquid. Add the remaining ingredients (see below) and fill everything in silicone moulds or place into a tray. After cooling, the bars can be cut.
Flavour variations of granola bars
In general, the base can be expanded as you wish. How about adding a few flavours? You could use:
- Vanilla extract
- Lemon peel (from an unwaxed lemon)
- Fruit juice
- Cocoa powder
The main ingredients of a granola bar
Now we come to the main ingredients of the granola bars: nuts, fruit and seeds. No matter what you choose – it is important that the base is creamy.
- Rolled oats
- Cornflakes (unsweetened)
- Walnuts, cashews, peanuts, almonds (roughly chopped), sesame seeds, chia seeds, amaranth (puffed), linseed (ground), raisins, cranberries, banana chips, figs, apricots, plums, coconut flakes.
Good to know…don’t chop the nuts and dried fruit too big. Additionally, the ration of the base mass and the main ingredients should be correct. Not to liquid and not too crumbly – otherwise the bars won’t stick together.
Recipe for 24 whole-grain coconut sesame bars
- 300g whole wheat flour
- 200g grated coconut
- 200g rolled oats
- 3 tbsp sesame
- 50 raisings
- 120ml orange juice
- 200g honey
- 120g coconut oil (melted)
Mix all ingredients and spread onto a baking sheet. Then place in the oven at 180 degrees (fan oven) for about 15 minutes.