As my cake business has been getting busier and busier, I've had less energy and time to prepare meals and snacks for myself. I've been making lots of one-bowl-wonders with kale, chickpeas, brown rice and whatever seasoning I can find in my pantry (nutritional yeast and tahini, how *you* going?).
But even preparing brown rice has become a drama in itself. It's rare for me to have a saucepan unoccupied in my kitchen, and lets admit it... I tend to burn things in the kitchen.
That's where these granola bars come in. They are perfect carbolicious snack or on-the-go breakfast. I prefer keeping them in the freezer as they stay crunchy and they will keep for months, if they last that long. I made a small batch in my recipe so feel free to double or triple it!
All you need is a good granola, dates, some sort of plain cereal/nut/seed to diffuse the sweetness of the mixture and nut butter, because yum. I use Table of Plenty's granola because they are Australian, they have a diverse range of products and are oh so delicious.
The recipe is kid friendly too! The only part where you'd need an adult is pureeing the dates with a food processor and removing the blade. For those who are wondering, my food processor is from Kenwood and it is amazing for my cake business and personal needs!
You could bring the granola bars to school/work/uni but the bars can get quite sticky and messy. If you would like them to be crunchier at room temperature, simply pop the bars in the oven at 160C for about 15 minutes to dry them out!
This post was brought to you through a collaboration with Table of Plenty. While Table of Plenty provided the muesli used in this recipe, all opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.
5 minute nutty granola bars
- ½ cup dates, soaked in water overnight
- ¼ cup nut butter or tahini, e.g. peanut butter
- 1 cup Table of Plenty's Crunchy Fruit Free Nutty Muesli, or muesli/granola of choice
- ¼ cup mixture of any nuts, seeds or coconut, (e.g. rolled oats, coconut, pepitas, almonds, buckwheat)
- Drain the dates and add to a food processor with the nut butter. Whizz until pureed.
- Remove the blade of your food processor. Add the granola and your nuts/seeds/grains then mix with a spoon.
- Line a container with baking paper and press granola into container. Try to make sure the surface is as even as possible.
- Freeze for at least 2 hours. Remove and slice into bars. Store bars in an airtight container in the freezer for up to a few months.