Saturday, July 9, 2011

Grab and go raw granola snacks

I keep these raw granola bars in the freezer for those times that we need a quick snack, especially if we're taking them on the road.  Perfect park snacks. 

There's really no recipe.  I know, you want measurements; cups, ounces, fluid ounces vs. dry.  Nope, I'm not doing it.   Just throw what you have together and feel when it's done.  Well, okay, I did start with about 5 cups of oats and then just went from there.

The first batch had rolled oats and puffed kamut cereal as a base, with sesame, hemp, flax and sunflower seeds for some crunch and minerals.  Coconut flakes and shredded nori adds some flavor along with a few pinches of cinnamon.  Honey and coconut oil were gently warmed and added to almond butter to bind the dry ingredients together.  After mixing thoroughly (I end up using my hands), pack it all into a shallow pan and press down with all of your strength to compress the disparate ingredients into a cake.  Freeze until firmed up.  Take out of the freezer and wait a few minutes before cutting into squares (if you don't wait, you risk breaking your knife like I did).  Wrap in foil and store in the freezer or fridge for snack time.

I forgot the puffed cereal for the second batch, had fewer seeds and used peanut butter instead of almond butter.  I also used Jen's 7 spice powder instead of cinnamon for a different flavor.  The bars were a bit softer and crumblier than the first batch. I like them both, but play around with it until you get the texture and sweetness you like.  I'll try baking them next time, I think, but they're pretty good as is, if a bit crumbly.


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