Cashew Coconut Granola Bars

 

Sadly, a sit down breakfast is rarely a possibility, but that doesn’t mean I can’t start the day with something filling and healthyish.

Granola bars (and granola) have gotten a bit of a bad reputation as people rush to drop carbs, but a good homemade granola bar, made with whole grains, nuts and seeds is full of healthy fats, fibre, iron, and protein!

These granola bars do contain sugar, about 2-4 teaspoons per bar depending on how they are cut. I keep mine pretty small as a little goes a long way with nuts and seeds and a small bar is all I need to keep me energized for a few hours.

These bars take only a few minutes and one bowl to pull together and make enough bars to supply us with breakfast for the whole week. They make a great breakfast especially when paired with an apple or crumbled over a bowl of Greek yogurt.

They also have a hint of salted caramel making this a great afternoon snack especially if your sweet tooth is acting up.

Ingredients:

3 cups rolled oats
2 cups roasted cashews
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Salt (optional)

Coconut oil for greasing

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 275C
  2. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper (Note: mixture will stick to tinfoil)
  3. Generously spread coconut oil over parchment (and sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of salt over coconut oil)
  4. Mix oats, cashews, coconut, seeds and sweetened condensed milk in a bowl until combined. Spread mixture into parchment lined pan
  5. Lightly pat mixture into pan to create an even top
  6. Bake in The middle of the oven for 90 minutes
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