Granola bars make for a great afternoon snack, or fuel while out riding.
But shop bought bars tend to be loaded with sugar. And I find in a lot of them the flavour is somewhat lacking. This recipe makes up to 10 bars and involves no baking.
I used almonds and coconut, as that is what I had to hand, but you could use any combination of nuts and dried fruits. I topped my bars with 70% dark chocolate, but again you can adjust or change to your own taste.
Add the peanut butter, honey, coconut oil, vanilla and cinnamon to a saucepan and warm over a low heat, stirring occassionally until its smooth and creamy. Then remove the pan from the heat and add the chia seeds and oats. Stir in most of the almonds and all the coconut shavings.
Line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper and pour in the mixture spreading it out evenly. Then press it down firmly and push the remaining almonds onto the top.
Warm the chocolate and ½ a teaspoon of coconut oil in a mircowave or in a bowl over some hot water. Once all melted, drizzle over the granola mixture.
Place the tin in the fridge for about an hour until the mixture has hardened and then cut into bars.
Store the bars in an airtight container in the fridge and they’ll keep for up to a week.