Chocolate and Nuts Granola Bars
Chocolate and nuts granola bars
If you are anything like me, and you don't like to eat a big meal first thing, you might be interested in this little treat.
These bars are packed with all sorts of goodness, everything you need for a productive and energetic morning
I usually start with some fresh blueberries and one of these beautiful bars.
It has oats, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, raw pistachios, sliced almonds and of course dark unsweetened chocolate.
Aside from these bars being so delicious, they are packed full of nutrients and essential fats:
Pistachios - Pistachios are a great source of healthy fats, fiber, protein, antioxidants, and various nutrients, including vitamin B6 and thiamine. Plus, hey are absolutely delicious.
Sunflower seeds - Sunflower seeds are excellent sources of several nutrients including vitamin E, selenium and Manganese. It is such a small package of all these wonderful, good stuff. Be aware of the amount of the seeds you are consuming, as they are very high in calorie.
Chia seeds - Although the chia seed is so tiny, it is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. The seeds re loaded with fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and various micronutrients. Chia is literally 14% protein, which is crazy!
Dark chocolate - It is one of the best sources of antioxidants, just a 100 grams of quality Dark chocolate contains 11 grams of fiber. Dark chocolate is rich in other nutrients, for example ,iron, magnesium, copper, and manganese.
Almond - Almonds are among the world’s best sources of vitamin E, they are also high in healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber, protein and other important nutrients.
Oats - Oats are rich in carbs and fiber, but also higher in protein and fat than most other grains. They are very high in many vitamins minerals and antioxidants. Oats also help you feel full a lot longer than other grains, which leads to longer times between meals.
Whenever I go in the kitchen, weather it is for cooking or baking, I need to have my music with me. I thought it would be nice to share with you the exact song that describes my feeling towards each recipe. That way you can have a similar experience while cooking...
This recipe is just a feel good recipe, I love making it, eating it and even the feeling after eating it is amazing! It calls for a feel good song, abviously - Feeling Good by Muse
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 25 minutes
|Shaping time: 10 minutes||Cooling time: 60 minutes||Servings: 30 bars|
- 300 g dark chocolate
- 700 g granola mix
- 100 g cocoa powder
- 230 g maple syrup
- 150 g olive oil
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp of table salt
- 720 g rolled oats
- 75 g sliced almonds
- 65 g raw pistachios
- 65 g sunflower seeds
- 130 g chia seeds
- 100 g dark chocolate chunks
Chocolate and nuts granola bars stack
Prepare your granola:
Preheat the oven to 350 F and line 2 baking sheets with baking papers.
Mix all the dry ingredients in one of the mixing bowls except for the chocolate chunks (cocoa powder, oats, nuts and seeds).
In a separate bowl, mix the rest of the wet ingredients (oil, maple, vanilla and salt). Pour the wet mixture on top of the oats and mix well with your wooden spoon, make sure to wet all of the dry mixture.
pour half of your granola into either one of your lined baking tray and spread them as much as possible.
Bake for 15 minutes, take out of the oven and mix the granola a little to make sure everything bakes evenly, return to the oven.
Bake for another 10 minutes.
Take out of the oven and let it cool down on the counter.
Make sure the mixture is not hotter than room temperature and then add the chocolate chunks.
Prepare the bars:
Melt the dark chocolate on a bain marie and mix well with 700 g of your prepared granola. Make sure it is well mixed.
Pour your chocolate covered granola onto a lined square pan and flatten well to create a thick (about an inch) and even layer.
If you want to decorate your bars, now is the time - melt the white chocolate/ peanut butter and pipe on top of your granola sheet.
Allow the mixture to cool down in the fridge and firm up, when the chocolate is firm, take the pan out of the fridge.
Cut the granola with your bread knife carefully into rectangles.
Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 month.
- Enjoy every morning!
Granola bars from top angle
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