This week, I got hooked on these DIY energy bars by Inspired Edibles (click through to view recipe).
Math was never my forté but check out this equation:
less sugar + more knowledge of the ingredients + control of the ingredients + cheaper than the store bought ones = the ideal bar in my opinion!
Plus, they are raw, gluten free, vegan, packed with vital nutrients (seeds and nuts are always the hardest for me to consciously consume) and all the other things you were wondering about. And they take all of 10 minutes to make.
I added 1/3 hazelnuts to 2/3 almonds to give it that more pronounced nutty flavor and opted to make mine with bonding agents I had in the house: almond butter instead of walnut butter and honey instead of maple syrup. For my second batch, I made them upside down, filling the small glass pan first with dried cranberries and then the nut mixture followed by a thin layer of melted chocolate. I did this so that when the bar was flipped over, this chocolate lover could enjoy it with a layer chocolate on the bottom. Maybe I will add pistachios to the cranberries for my third batch…or perhaps I will try another recipe?!
Do you have a favorite granola or energy bar recipe worth making?