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      Granola Bar

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      Time1 Hr 30 Min
      DifficultyEasy
      Serves8

      Granola is well known for being the number one health bar among those who take fitness and health seriously. This is with good reason as made with some of the best ingredients for promoting good health. It is delicious and can be had with your choice of fruit and curd to make a good breakfast for those who want something quick and healthy. Oats play a major part in making granola, and while many ... find oats bland and unappetizing, this is one of the oat recipes that has received the most love by people all over the world. It is anything but bland. Though there are shelves in supermarkets lined with different granola brands, like almost everything else, it is better to take the time to learn how to make your own granola at home. Granola bar recipes involve ingredients that most people already have in their kitchens. It is not only more interesting to make your own, but a much healthier way to enjoy your healthy snack. Store-bought granola tends to have preservatives added, and it is much better to avoid these if you are looking for really healthy granola bars. There is no need to be intimidated by the thought of making your own granola. Granola bar recipes are easy to follow and once you get the hang of one, you will be making them more often than you ever thought you would. You may even find yourself making a jar of healthy homemade granola bars to give to your friends and family as presents.

      Nutrition Info. (per serving)

      ProteinFatCarbsFibre301 Cal301 Cal301 Cal301 Cal
      • 7gProtein
      • 12gFat
      • 41gCarbs
      • 7gFibre

      Ingredients

      Dry Grocery

      Dates Seedless

      Dates Seedless

      1 cup

      Honey

      Honey

      0.25 cups

      Almond

      Almond

      0.5 cups

      Rolled Oats

      Rolled Oats

      1.5 cups

      Salt

      Salt

      1 pinch

      Dark Chocolate

      Dark Chocolate

      0.25 cups

      Other

      Peanut Butter

      Peanut Butter

      0.25 cups

      Directions
      1
      Pan toast oats and almonds separately, set it aside to cool down. Do not burn.
      2
      Soak the dates for 20min. Deseed and put in a blender jar. Pulse blend to make a coarse paste. Scrape down the side as required.
      3
      Cut chocolate into small chunks and place 3/4th in a large bowl along with oats, almonds, dates paste and pinch of salt.
      4
      In a saucepan, combine honey and peanut butter. Warm it on a low flame until peanut butter is melted and well combined with honey. Pour the warm mixture in the bowl and mix well.
      5
      Line a baking tray with baking paper or silver foil. put the mixture on the tray. Press down firmly with a until uniformly flattened (with a spatula or back end of a uniformly wide based bowl). Sprinkle the remaining chocolate and lightly press.
      6
      Let it firm up in the freezer for 20-25 min or in the refrigerator for up to an hour. Once firm, remove the tray and slice into bars.
      7
      Store refrigerated in an airtight container.
      Tips for Easy Baking
      • The baking pan you use should be a large and sturdy one. Make sure to take care that you spread it out into an even layer so that it bakes evenly throughout. For thicker bars, you can use a smaller baking pan. • Avoid skipping out on lining your pan. Some of the ingredients will stick to the pan and ruin your granola if you leave this important step out. • If you keep your granola stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container, it can even last up to one month. • It tastes delicious with any milk you choose. • If you are allergic to peanuts, you can use any butter of your choice What are you waiting for? Get into the kitchen and get cracking on this simple, memorable and healthy granola bar recipe. When you share, you show you care, and with this recipe, your friends and family will always come back for more.

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      We hope you had fun making it! Enjoy the meal.

      What Makes This Recipe Work?

      If you are a minimalist cook who likes to take things lightly, a healthy granola bar recipe is the perfect ground of play for you. The recipe requires only 7 basic ingredients. You can increase the number once you get a hold of the dish. Not just the count of ingredients, the whole process of making a granola bar is very minimalist. Just a few easy steps and a homemade granola bar will be in your hands. There are many healthy bar recipes out there. Although the basic process is the same, some recipes use different ingredients. As per the taste and desired textures, you can also alter the amount of honey, dark chocolate and peanut butter used. That is the beauty of a chewy and soft granola bar - you can adapt it according to your taste buds. As we mentioned earlier, there is no single granola bar recipe. You can change granola bar ingredients and adapt the recipe according to your taste. That said, the recipe that we have mentioned works best for making granola bars. Here is why: Easy for Beginner: Unlike other recipes, this recipe for oats bars involves only a few steps. All the steps do not require you to have any previous knowledge of cooking or baking. In short, this recipe is friendly even for beginners. Taste Overloaded: Although we are now habitual of eating chocolate in the packed form, there is a special fresh taste attached to it when you eat fresh dishes of chocolate. This granola bar recipe with added almonds and dates will make you realize what you were missing all this while. Nutty & Chewy: How many dishes do you come across everyday that are both nutty and chewy? Probably zero. Surprisingly, a granola bar is both nutty and chewy. That too with making a perfect balance between the two. Almonds and rolled oats give the nutty but rich taste, and dates and honey give a chewy but rich taste. Overall, it’s a complete package of nutty, chewy, and rich taste. Customizability: Since this granola bar recipe is very minimal, you can easily customize the recipe according to your taste. Since there are only a few steps in the granola bar recipe, you can not make a lot of mistakes even if you are a total beginner. Portable: If you make your granola bar a little solid, it can be your portable source of energy. Just place the bar in the refrigerator until you require and then eat it whenever you feel like it. You can also take it to your office or college if you want. Or you can even take it to the picnic as it can give you energy for the whole day. A Healthy Choice: Thanks to its ingredients, granola bar is considered to be a healthy snack even by dieticians. Despite having many sweet ingredients, it doesn’t contain too many calories. Enjoying a granola bar whenever you feel hungry will not cause harm to your health. This doesn't suggest that you can not try other recipes of Granola bars. Start with this basic recipe and then move on to whatever recipe that you like.

      Other Recipes to Try

      Now that you have learned how to make granola bar, it is time to one step further. Try some recipes that are similar to the granola bar recipe. The dishes made from these recipes are both healthy and tasty: Oats & Honey: All the TV ads of oats & honey breakfast cereals might have made you think of buying a cereal package, but in reality, you don’t really have to. You can make oats and honey cereal easily at home. The best part about this is that just like a granola bar, it also contains a lot of nutrients. Masala Oats: If you are bored of having regular oats regularly, why don’t you try masala oats. The ingredients used in masala oats are also easily available in most Indian kitchens. You can also change the spices according to your taste by adding ginger garlic paste, cumin, red chilli powder, or any other ingredients. Oatmeal Bowl: Probably, the healthiest recipe on this list is oatmeal bowl. A bowl full of oatmeal is packed with fibre. An oatmeal bowl can be customised to any extent. It contains 100% whole grain and is friendly for people who are on a gluten-free and vegan diet. Egg Pepper Fry: Another dish on the list that can be prepared within minutes is egg pepper fry. Whether you want a quick dish for Sunday luck or you want to prepare a dish for your parties, egg pepper fry can fit in any situation. Owing to its spices like pepper, fennel, and coriander, egg pepper fry is also beneficial for health. Pudding: Pudding is a side dish that can either be a dessert or a savoury. A few years back, pudding meant the only dessert but nowadays a number of savoury dishes are also called pudding. A few puddings you can try at home are banana pudding, bread pudding, creme brulee, and flan.

      The Takeaway

      Thanks to honey, almond, oats, chocolate, and peanut butter, a healthy granola bar is jam-packed with a lot of energy in it. In fact, chocolate will give you instant energy, and almonds and peanut butter give you the energy that requires a lot of time for absorption. In short, after eating a granola bar, you will feel full for a number of hours. That is why people often make homemade bars for their children when they feel hungry between the meals. It is true that dishes that contain green leafy vegetables and other nutritious ingredients are important for health. But at times, all we need is a snack that can lighten up our mood and a granola bar is what you can rely on. This simple bar can give you energy in quick time and you will definitely start your day in a happy mood!