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Living The Healthy Choice // Peanut Butter Granola Bars
06. July 2015

Peanut Butter Granola Bars


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IMG_1693 I love the sun, but I also enjoy watching it from a distance. As someone quite pale, I turn red instead of tan within seconds. So over the years, I learned to gracefully escape to the shades.
So that is what I did for most of this past weekend when the temperature rose up to 38°C. I stayed inside and did some baking. Raw baking. Using the freezer instead of the oven.

Peanut butter granola bars sprinkled with dark chocolate.

And when I finally stepped outside in the evenings, I had something cold and delicious I could bring my sun-kissed friends.

P.S.: I have a question for my American friends. Would you like me to include another weight unit of measurement (other than grams) and if so, which one? Thank you!
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Recipe

Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Details

  • Prep Time:
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    1 hour
  • Servings:
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    makes one big baking tray

Ingredients

400g rolled oats
40g sunflower seeds
80g pumpkin seeds
200g dates
6 tbsp coconut oil
300g unsweetened peanut butter
100g dark chocolate (75% and up)
20g shredded coconut
2 tsp cinnamon
1 pinch of sea salt

Instructions


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1. Mash the dates with a fork (or briefly blend them in a mixer) and put them into a big bowl with all the other ingredients – except for the dark chocolate. Mix it until everything sticks together. If they don’t stick, add some water to the dough. Alternatively, blend the ingredients in a food processor. The dough will be more fine and sticky.
2. Use your hands to spread the dough evenly in a pan or baking tray, lined with baking sheets.
3. Heat up the chocolate in a water bath and sprinkle it on the granola bar dough with a spoon. Put the dough in the freezer for at least half an hour, until the bars have hardened. Take them out and cut them into pieces.
4. The bars will last a couple months in the freezer and a week in the fridge. Enjoy!

Welcome to my kitchen, my colourful world of nourishing foods. Here I choose to live healthy, eating whole, plant-based foods; a happy mix of vegetables, legumes, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds. I am Pauline, a 24 year-old food lover and photographer from Berlin. My recipes are simple, vegetarian dishes with plant-based and natural ingredients only. Perfect for everyday life. You do not have to be a skilled cook to have a balanced and healthy diet – I am not! An open mind and willingness to try out something new everyday shall be enough. It’s an infinite journey, and I am happy about everyone who decides to come along.

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