I call these Everyday Superfood Granola Bars because well, they are bars you can eat every day and they are packed with superfoods. Seems like a logical name, right? Plus they are very quick and easy to make with ingredients you probably have right now.
I love having a power snack at my fingertips to ensure I'm not ravenous by lunchtime or worse, "hangry"! This is also helpful if lunch gets pushed a little later because mornings in the office are typically pretty busy. I'm not the only fan of this granola bar recipe though -- both Vienna and Walker love them. However, I'm sure they'd both prefer more chocolate chips - you can use your own discretion on that ;)
Making these healthy granola bars together with Vienna is my favourite! And the raw batter is safe to eat which means we can taste test as we go along. Taste testing allows you to adjust the ingredients and add just the right amount of maple syrup too. I only add 3 tablespoons of syrup because the chocolate chips are sweetened.
This recipe is originally from my hugely popular Joyous Kitchen Challenge that we ran in January! I decided to put these on the blog because they were such a loved recipe. And they are always a hit in my household too. I make the Cranberry Walnut Breakfast Muffins and the Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies often, so it's nice to change things up! Many people made them and posted them in the Joyous Health Community on Facebook -- please feel free to join me in my private Facebook group.
The heartiness of these bars is because of the oats which are fibre-rich and nourishing. I used to avoid oats because they were heavy on my digestion, but when they are ground up as is the case with this recipe, I find them very easy to digest.
The fibre in these bars nourishes our gut microbiome and they are super blood sugar balancing too.
Feel free to swap with another nut or dried berry. They are very versatile. The only ingredients you should really stick to are the oats and the banana. The banana is necessary because there are no eggs in these bars so you need something with sticking power.
From goji berries to cranberries, pumpkin seeds and walnuts - they are super rich in vitamins A, C, E and minerals like zinc, iron and magnesium.
These nutrients are essential for healthy and resilient children . Vitamin A and C are great for keeping the immune strong and healthy eyesight and vitamin E is essential for protecting the cells from free radical damage. All these ingredients together in one scrumptious bar make for a good crunch, delicious blend of flavours and super satisfying snack.
Superfood Granola Bars
Makes 8 large bars.
Enjoy these wonderfully nourishing and super yummy, totally plant-based bars!
Have a joyous rest of your week,