When it comes to eating well, one of my mantras is a little preparation goes a very long way. I think this is especially true of snacks because when you are out and about and need a little something to keep you going, it’s easy to end up grabbing something that is loaded with processed ingredients and sugars, especially if healthy options aren’t readily available. This is where batch cooking granola bars, packed with lots of sustaining ingredients such as oats, nuts & seeds, come in really handy. If you can spare half an hour over the weekend then you can whip up these bad boys and have enough to keep you going all week. The below recipe makes enough for 20 bars and you can also freeze some to keep you going even longer! Plus, they cost a fraction of buying shop bought energy bars, which may also not be quite as good for you as they make out…. So, do yourself a favour and set aside a few mins each week to stop you reaching for those processed snacks. You can also play around with different types of nuts & seeds/dried fruit to keep mixing it up!
High protein granola bar recipe
- 2 x packs of medjool dates (360g)
- 2 mugs jumbo oats
- 1 mug pumpkin seeds
- 1 mug sunflower seeds
- 1/2 mug dessicated coconut
- 1/2 mug ground flaxseed
- 1/2 mug raisins
- 1/2 mug cranberries
- 3 tbsp. chai seeds
- 3 tbsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsp. ground ginger (optional)
- Place your dates in 2 mugs (600ml) of boiling water and leave for about 5 mins until really soft. In the meantime, pop the oven on to 180C (fan).
- In a large mixing bowl, mix all the other remaining ingredients, except the cinnamon & ginger.
- Once dates are ready, add them and the water to a food processor. Add in cinnamon & ginger and blend until you have a smooth paste.
- Add the paste to your mixing bowl and stir thoroughly, until everything is well combined.
- Grease a large baking tray with coconut oil and pour in the mixture, patting it down to ensure it is well packed into the tray.
- Bake for 30-35 mins until it is going a little golden. Remove and cut in to bars and then allow to cool.