Recipe | Granola bars

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They're gooey, chewing and have that crispy bite. My, my what a sexy little granola bar! The mix of colours are immediately appetising. The flecks of golden brown toasted almonds emphasise the rich earthy flavours and the extremely crunchy cereal pieces add an incredible texture. I made a big batch of these for a bake sale in University. Then another batch for me, hahaha! They we're great as a grab and go snack, for a no fuss breakfast and between meals. 

Oats naturally release energy, as glucose slowly and steadily. This means that unlike extremely sugar saturated snacks you don't get a nasty low. Urgh, who else hates an afternoon sugar crash? An easy recipe you can play with, add favourite toppings change the gooey base. Not a peanut butter fan? Maple syrup and cinnamon that bad boy. Nom.








Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 Cups granola oats 
  • 2/3    Cup rice cereal
  • 3/4    Cups almond slices
  • 1/4    Cup dark chocolate
  • 1/3    Cup peanut butter ( or goo of choice)
  • 2       tbsp honey
  • 2       tbsp golden syrup
  • 1       Cup Cherries dried
  • 1       teaspoon vanilla

Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and toast the almonds in a dry frying, on medium heat for a few minutes each side. 
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Gently blitz/blend the dry ingredients so that you create 1/3 a cups worth of crumbs. This acts as a binding agent for the bars.
  4. In a small microwaveable bowl, mix the honey, peanut butter & syrup. Heat for 30 secs, stirring between until melted. 
  5.  Mix all the ingredients together well and press into a lined baking tray. 
  6. Turn the oven down to 150°C and bake for 20 - 25 minutes.
  7. Cool at room temperature for 1.5 hours, then refrigerate (best over night) minimum 2 hours. 
  8. Slice & enjoy!

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