Monday, 4 April 2016

No Bake Granola Bars

I am writing this half tucked up in bed/ half hopping two steps across to the kitchen to check on a small saucepan of bubbling dates in my tiny 20 something m ²  apartment in Cannes (technically called a studio en fran├žais;). I love my tiny kitchen dearly but unfortunately my baking experiments in the microwave  haven't quite cut it...think black, as dark as charcoal black!  Anyhow, if anything, the lack of an oven pushes me to be more inventive and find alternatives through concocting granola bars such as these. Easy to make and perfect for a rushed morning, or a cheeky snack whenever you like.

Click on the video below to see me actually making them in my studio in Cannes...




Ingredients

1.5 mugs of oats
A pinch of salt
1 mug of sunflower seeds
1 mug of deglet noir dates cut into small chunks
2 mugs of boiling water
3 tablespoons of coconut oil
1/2 a teaspoon of ground cinnamon

Method

Dry-toast the oats, sunflower seeds and salt for 3 minutes in a large frying pan to intensify their flavours, and create interesting textures.

Soften the dates in the boiling water with the coconut oil and ground cinnamon for 15 minutes.

Combine everything together in a bowl.

Once cooled down, shape the mixture into a rectangular shape before refrigerating for 30 minutes to firm up and cut into generous squares!

Optional chocolate sauce

3 tablespoons of coconut oil
2 tablespoons of honey
1 tablespoon of cocoa powder

Method

Melt all 3 ingredients together until you're left with a shiny and smooth sauce to pour over the granola bars.

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