How often do you clean your pantry? Do you come up with ideas while sorting the eatables you’ve stored there?
I certainly do. I came up with these clean-your-pantry granola bars quite impromptu but I assure you they are very tasty, nutty and addictive! Surely you have home some oats, dried fruits, nuts, honey and peanut butter. But if you don’t, I recommend buying some and making these bars. They are healthy, satisfying and so good when you are on the go and need a snack. Why I am thinking OSCE elections monitoring teams…stuck in villages late into the night counting votes and with no prospects of having a proper meal. Rings a bell my elections monitors out there :-)?
For these granola bars I used oats (mine were mixed with raisins, dried bananas and flakes of wheat and coconut- Bingo!), raw unsalted almonds, raw hazelnuts, sesame seeds, dried figs, dates, crunchy peanut butter and a little honey.
200 g oats. You can use either plain or the mixed ones that I had. Avoid the sugary processed oats.
80 g almonds, 50 g hazelnuts, 30 g sesame seeds, 100 g figs and dates each, 150 g peanut butter, 50 g honey.
Mix together the oats and the sesame seeds and roast in the oven (230 C) for just 5-7 minutes. Stir them once to make sure all are lightly browned.
In a large mixing bowl stir together the oats, the coarsely chopped nuts, chopped dates and figs and the peanut butter (warmed it in the microwave just for half a minute) and honey. You don’t need any sugar, the dates and the honey are sweet enough. Mix well, preferably by hand.
Flatten out the mixture in a baking pan covered with foil and let in the fridge to cool for 3 hours.
Cut into rectangles and don’t be afraid if the bars crumble. The more crumbled the better they are :-). Who said they had to be shaped ideally! Store the bars in the refrigerator.
I couldn’t wait for so long and cracked the bars earlier…they were so very tasty and chewy.. in fact while writing this I am having some ;-). Give them a try if you want to have a quick healthy snack and let me know how did you find them. As for myself: I am addicted.