5-Ingredient Breakfast Granola Bars, recipe


5-Ingredient Breakfast Granola Bars, recipe

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Ingredients:

3 cups rolled oats

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1/2 cup of your favourite nut (almonds, cashews or peanuts are all great options), chopped

3/4 cup natural peanut butter

1/2 cup brown rice syrup or agave (honey works too, if you’re okay with a non-vegan option)

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9×13 baking pan.

2. In a small sauce pan over low heat, mix together the peanut butter and agave (or rice syrup, or honey…) until creamy and slightly runny.

3. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, chia seeds and the chopped nuts. Pour the peanut butter mixture over and stir together. Using your fingers is the easiest way to make sure everything gets combined. Your dough should be fairly sticky, so if it is too crumbly, add more peanut butter a little at a time until everything is moistened.

4. Press the dough into the greased pan. Press *hard* to make sure the dough is firmly stuck together. Bake on the centre rack for 25 minutes or until just golden brown.

Tricks to Getting These Right:

There are three must-follow tricks to making sure you create granola bars and not simply crumbly granola. Of course, even crumbly, this recipe is a delicious snack, but if you want it to come in a bar form, then follow these tips:

1. Sticky dough — make sure your dough is sticky enough and not too crumbly. If you’re getting oats, nuts and seeds falling out of the mix and into the bottom of the bowl as you stir, then you need more peanut butter or syrup. Everything should still stick together fairly well in moist, crumbly chunks in the bowl.

2. Pack the granola into the pan hard. You need to really press the dough down into the pan. I actually put a layer of parchment paper over the granola, then placed a book over the parchment paper and stood on the book, moving it and stepping on it until everything was pressed down as firmly as it was going to go.

3. Cut only after the granola “cake” has cooled completely. If you try to slice it into bars when it is still warm, it will crumble into large pieces. So be patient and wait until it is room temperature before cutting it into squares.

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