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The sweet tooth is a real phenomenon, and we can’t deny its overpowering impact on our hunger pangs. What if we told you that to satiate your sweet-tooth cravings, you can make an easy peasy snack that’s sweet, chewy, nutty and most importantly – delicious, right from the comfort of your home?
This oats and granola bar is one such snack that will not just help you take care of your hunger pangs, but will also provide you with nutrients. Oats are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidant plant compounds that help with weight management, lowering blood sugar levels and a reduced risk of heart disease. What’s more, it can provide you with instant energy and that’s why, makes for a great option on days when you’re running too late for a wholesome breakfast. Many of those who regularly work out also swear by granola bars for that extra dash of energy.
Granola is nothing but a heavenly mixture of rolled oats, honey and nuts that helps to boost your immunity, ward off bacterial infections and help your stomach stay full for a longer period of time.
So, look no further because we bring to you this oats and granola bar recipe that is both healthy and delicious-
Serves: 6 to 8 people
Step 1: Line a pan/tray with parchment paper/baking paper.
Step 2: In a large bowl, mix the peanut butter, honey, vanilla, and sea salt, until the texture becomes smooth.
Step 3: Add the oats, chocolate chips, nuts, cranberries and raisins to the mix, and stir well.
Step 4: Stir the mixture to combine and then press it firmly on the pan/tray.
Step 5: Use another parchment paper/baking paper, and the back of a cup/small bowl to help flatten the mixture.
Step 6: Chill the flattened mixture for at least 1 hour, and then slice into bars to start munching on these tasty snack bars (store the bars in the fridge).
These bars are not just nutritious and amazingly delicious, but also gluten-free. Moreover, a number of variations can be experimented with in terms of ‘mix-ins’ such as shredded or flaked coconut, dried cherries, pumpkin seeds and walnuts. Moreover, cashew butter works as a good substitute for peanut butter, as the idea is to use a protein and fibre-rich ingredient to hold the bar together.
So, make these deliciously healthy granola bars right at home to ensure that you’re consuming all the important nutrients.