If you are like most people and have heard people tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, on countless occasions in the past I’m sure. Yet despite this, people still tend to rush out of their houses in the morning, without eating breakfast. It’s known as the most important meal of the day, because it is!
We go to sleep for around 8 hours a night, that’s 8 hours with no food whatsoever. Assuming you don’t eat directly before you go to bed, you’ll probably go 10 or 11 hours with no food whatsoever. When we wake up, our bodies are in a catabolic state, due to the lack of calories. A catabolic state basically refers to the process of your bodies eating away at your muscle tissue for energy. Usually, the energy comes in the form of calories, when we eat or drink, but if we’re not eating or drinking, our bodies look for energy from other sources. Rather than our fat reserves, as many people would hope, our bodies eat away at our muscle tissue instead. In order to fuel our bodies, and set us up for the day ahead, we should instead make sure to consume breakfast. Even if you’re in a rush, a handy breakfast bar could still give you exactly what you need, and could even be eaten on the go.
Granola bars in particular, are loaded full of fiber, nutrients, and other natural goodness, and taste delicious too. Rather than purchasing expensive bars however, why not simply make your own over the weekend, or the night before. Set them to one side, and you’re good to go for the next few days at least. Here, we’ll be looking at some delicious, healthy, and nutritious granola bar recipes that you can recreate in the comfort of your own kitchen.
Banana Berry Granola Bar Recipe-
- 2 1/2 cups of plain oatmeal
- 1 cup of very finely chopped almonds
- Half a cup of plain wheat germ
- 2 1/2 tablespoons of regular unsalted butter
- 1 cup full of organic honey
- 1/4 cup of brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon full of salt
- 1/2 cup of finely diced dates
- 1 cup full of fine desiccated coconut
- 1/2 banana, lightly mashed
- 1/2 cup full of apricots, preferably dried
- 1/2 cup full of cranberries, finely chopped and preferably dried
- Preheat your oven so that it reaches 350 degrees F. Lightly butter or oil a baking dish, and line it with parchment paper if you wish (this will make everything much less messier).
- Mix the oatmeal, desiccated coconut, and your toasted almonds together in a bowl, and then place the mixture into a baking tray.
- Bake the mixture for 10 to 12 minutes, giving it a stir every so often.
- Once the mixture turns a light golden brown color, remove from the oven, and mix into a large bowl with your wheat germ.
- Reduce the heat of your oven to 310 degrees F.
- Combine the brown sugar, your honey, the vanilla, the salt, and your butter together in a medium sized saucepan, and simmer the mixture over a medium to low heat. Make sure that the mixture does not burn!
- Simmer for a minute or two, and then pour the mixture over your toasted almond and oatmeal mix.
- Next, you want to add your finely diced dates, your mashed banana, dried apricots, and dried cranberries, and combine together.
- Transfer the mix into a deep pan, and gently press the mixture down.
- Bake the mixture for 26 to 28 minutes, or until it changes to a golden brown color.
- Remove from the oven, and leave to cool in a fridge for a couple of hours.
- Next, you want to cut your mixture in bar shaped rectangles.
- Once you’ve cut your mixture into rectangles, wrap them individually in foil, and place them into the fridge. They’re now ready to be eaten as you please.
Here’s one more delicious recipe for you to try out.
Peanut Butter Banana Granola Bar Recipe -
- 1 cup full of finely diced dates (pitted)
- 1/4 cup full of organic honey
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup full of natural crunchy peanut butter, or even, almond butter if you prefer
- 1 cup full of roughly chopped almonds
- 1 cup and a half full of oats
- 1 large banana, roughly mashed
- 1 Cup of your favorite dried fruit mixture
- Roughly chop your pitted dates as finely as possible
- Toast your oats in a 360 degree F oven for around 15 to 18 minutes, until they turn a light golden brown color
- Place your oats, your almonds, your dried fruit mixture, your mashed banana, and your dates in a bowl, and then set aside
- Warm your honey and peanut butter in a saucepan over a low to medium heat. Stir the sweet honey and peanut butter (or almond butter) mixture, and then pour it over the toasted oat mixture. Give everything a good mix, and leave to settle for a few minutes
- Once your ingredients are thoroughly mixed together, you want to transfer them to a baking tin, or dish, which should be lined with parchment paper to make everything much less messy.
- Bake the mixture for a further 10 – 12 minutes
- Remove from the oven, stand for a couple of minutes, and press down until the mixture becomes firm and flattened. Transfer to mixture to a fridge or freezer, and leave to cool for 15-20 minutes or so, to harden and firm up.
- Remove the mixture from your pan and chop into 10 even bars.
- As before, wrap the bars individually in foil, and leave them in your fridge. Feeling peckish? Just grab one of these delicious bars and you’re all set for the next few hours.