The base of the recipe:
Nut butter: we’re all about the healthy fats! We like to use an all natural peanut butter (just peanuts + salt). If you would like to switch it up, you could try almond butter, cashew, pecan or even sunflower seed butter for a nut free version.
Honey: naturally sweetened and just the way we like it - no refined sugar. We love using Bermondsey Street Bees award winning raw honey because if it’s healing properties, and it's absolutely delicious!
Flaxseed meal: a natural source of protein, fiber and vitamins.
Chia seeds: another great source of fiber and protein.
Oats: a wonderful complex carb to help provide you with energy.
1 cup creamy natural drippy peanut butter (just peanuts & salt)
3 tablespoons virgin coconut oil or butter
6 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup flaxseed meal
2 tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats, gluten free if desired
2/3 cup roasted almonds, roughly chopped
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
For on top:
4 tablespoons roasted almonds, roughly chopped
4 tablespoons dark 70% chocolate
1 teaspoon coconut oil or butter
Roast the almonds in the oven on a baking sheet at 350F/175C for 7-10 minutes. Set aside to cool. Roughly chopped or pulse a few times in a food processor. Don't leave big pieces or the granola bars won't bind together.
In a separate medium saucepan, add peanut butter, coconut oil, honey, vanilla and cinnamon and cook over low heat. Stir every so often until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Do no boil. Remove from heat and immediately stir in flaxseed meal, chia and oats. Fold in chopped almonds and shredded coconut and stir until combined.
Line an 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper; pour granola bar mixture in and spread out evenly, then press down in the pan very firmly. Press remaining roasted almonds on top.
Slowly melt dark chocolate and 1 teaspoon coconut oil, stirring until chocolate is completely smooth and melted. Drizzle diagonally over bars.
Cover the bars, and place bars in the fridge for a few hours or preferably overnight. Remove bars from pan and cut into 16 granola bars anyway you'd like. Store bars in the fridge or freezer, which ever you prefer. Now these chewy granola bars will be your new favourite grab-and-go snack too!
Thanks to Ambitious Kitchen for this great recipe and photos.