Today I will be sharing with you an amazingly simple, and easy recipe for granola bars. I made these bars in my tiny kitchen in Milan as a small thank you to my agency here, and was happy with how they turned out! I adapted the recipe from food52.com, but since I am in Milan, I put my own spin on this recipe and was happily surprised!
What appealed to me about this recipe is the minimal ingredients (there are only 5, and most likely are ingredients you already have on hand!), VEGAN, and don't require the use of a stove, oven, or any baking items. All you will need are: oats, dried berries, nuts/seeds, honey/agave, and almond/peanut butter.
The exact recipe is as follows:
2 1/2 cups rolled or quick oats
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds (I used a nut mix with sunflower seeds, pepitas, and cashews)
1/2 cup raisins (I subbed a mix of dried goji berries + cranberries)
2/3 cup peanut or almond butter (I subbed raw almond butter)
1/2 cup agave nectar or brown rice syrup (increase based on how well things stick together) (I subbed honey)
1/8 teaspoon sea salt (adjust based on which nut butter you use) (I used no salt, and found that the recipe did not need it)
First, measure out all the ingredients into one bowl. Pictured above, is what mine looked like! Next, combine everything well, and if the mix is too dry add more nut butter or honey, and if it is too wet, add more oats.
After everything was combined well, I took 2 plates, lined them with foil, and divided the mix evenly between the two... I then covered each plate with a sheet of saran, and carefully, yet, firmly, pressed the mix flatly together. Be sure to take your time with this step because if you don't, the bars will crumble easily later. Once the granola mix is pressed firmly, and formed into the plate store in either the freezer for a few hours, or the fridge. I did the freezer for a few hours, then transferred to the fridge for overnight.
The next morning, I removed the two plates from the fridge, pulled up the foil and cut the sheets of granola bars in to squares. After that I plated them, covered, and headed to my agency to drop off the goods!
These turned out pretty well for not having a full kitchen, and made the perfect homemade gift. I would definitely make this again, and would highly recommend that you make it too...