Homemade Vegan Granola Energy Bars

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These babies took me a while to get round to crafting but I did and they are delicious. Not only are they the tastiest thing to come out of my kitchen they are the greatest cost saver too! Just think how much you pay for a single branded ‘energy’ bar in the shops, it’s crazy when you can make a whole batch yourself for the same price. The store bought bars contain various artificial additives and even if they say they don’t the sugar contain is unbelievable and anyone who knows anything about being healthy knows sugar is not!
The satisfaction of creating your own granola is unbeatable and doing it this way allows you to get exactly what you want from a snack bar, you can add your favourite berries, seeds and nuts, combining a few or you can add all the berries, seeds and nuts you have in your house and make a real magic collaboration! The variety of ingredients you can use is endless and such fun.
I saw this as an opportunity to land many of my favourite snacks into one place and it worked…a little too well says the muffin top!
Rather than a eating a few nuts here or a few berries there, combining them and making this bar offers a healthy wholesome snack high in nutrients without any nasty additives.
This recipe can be made with or without a topping but I fancied giving a Cacao overlay a shot and it was a creative choice, although I will admit I used a tad too much Coconut water and it had a slight softening effect so I wouldn’t recommend using too much if you go with making a topping for your bars.
Along with dried fruit I also used fresh fruit and although it tasted awesome this too had a slight softening effect which I was not looking for so I made another without and it was much more what I was hoping to gain.

To make your own version of my granola bars you will require:

Baking Tin / Dish
Mixing Bowl and spoon

2x cups Rolled Oats
1/3 cup Agave Syrup
1/3 cup Coconut Oil
2/3 cups Millet Flour
1/3 cup Papitas
1x cup Goji & Incan Berries
1/3 cup Fresh Blueberries & Strawberries
2/3 cup Chopped / Slivered Almonds & Walnuts
1 tsp Chia & Blueberry Powder
2x Bananas
A pinch of salt

2x tbsp Raw Cacao Powder
1x tsp Cinnamon Powder
2x tbsp Coconut Water

Preheat the oven to 190C.
Grease the pan with Coconut oil.
Mix all the main ingredients together in a bowl.
Press into the pan firmly and evenly into the baking pan.
Mix together the topping and gently spread it across the top.
Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow it to cool for over 2 hours.

I just love how easy, tasty and fun this type of cooking is. Eating granola this way and making your own ensure you know what exactly you are eating and you can totally customise it to get the flavours you crave.
This is a true ‘energy bar’ as many of the ingredients in it are superfoods rich in antioxidants and brain boosting power!

Remember no matter how amazingly delicious your bars turn out, although they are very healthy, eating the entire batch will cause significant weight gain!

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