Nutty Granola Bars with Cacao Nibs and Honey
I have read numerous posts on all my favourite blogs advising how to stay healthy while travelling. From packing small sachets of your favourite supplements to preparing packed lunches so you can avoid the (most often) sugar packed snacks available at the airport, there are plenty of small things you can do to ensure you eat well while you are away.
As my thai adventure approached, I started experimenting with granola bar recipes. I always seem to get very hungry when travelling, and airports are rarely well stocked with the sort of healthy foods I like. Granola bars are a great option as they are portable and don’t make much mess, plus you can fill them with all your favourite flavours and ingredients.
I chose to fill these ones with lots of different nuts and seeds, plus some delicious cacao nibs for a dark chocolatey taste. Nuts are a great energy source and rich in healthy fats so will keep you feeling full and happy on your journey. Ripe bananas give the granola bars a delicious taste, whilst holding them together and cacao nibs are the most natural way to get your chocolate fix since they are totally unprocessed.
2 cups of oats
2 ripe bananas
1 tbsp of quinoa
1 tbsp of chia seeds
0.5 cups of roughly chopped pecan nuts
0.5 cups of sunflower seeds
1 tbsp of honey (use more if you like your granola bars very sweet)
1 tbsp of coconut oil
2 tbsp of cacao nibs
Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Blend the bananas, coconut oil and honey until smooth, then add in 1 cup of oats and pulse a few times. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the contents of the blender with all the other ingredients.
Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and spoon the granola bar mixture onto the paper, spreading it evenly. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, taking it out once it has reached your desired colour. Leave to cool before slicing into bars and store in an air tight container.