Almond Fig Oat Bars (V)
I’ve realized recently that no matter what time I actually get up (and it’s usually a full two hours before I actually need to be anywhere,) I spend way too much time casually drinking coffee. I’ll even admit to waking up a half hour earlier than those two hours simply to have the time to sit and sip for a while. But even on those mornings when I give myself more time, I’m still scrambling to throw everything in my bag and wrap my comically large scarf around my face at 8:53, with just a few minutes to run halfway across campus for class at 9. So obviously that whole lunch thing often gets forgotten. I’ve mentioned it before, if you can recall. My newest mission: to fill my freezer with so many granola bars all I’ll have to do is reach and grab a few, even during the pre-coffee moments before my eyes begin to focus. Sounds like a foolproof plan, amirite? Since my fridge is already crowded with homemade larabars, I’m getting anxious to change up the routine.
So basically this post is a way of admitting I’m way too into searching for granola bar recipes. There are SO MANY things happening with this particular kind of food on the internet it’s nearly impossible not to find myself with eighteen different tabs open trying to make sure I pay proper attention to each and every recipe/photo aaaahh. But chaos aside, there are probably about a hundred billion different granola bar recipes out there and with you guys as my witness I will make them all. It may take a few years, but I will do it.
Here are just a few of the bars I’ve been eyeing:
these superfood granola bars (because deciding to mail order dried green healthy things is infinitely more appealing when said healthy things come in the form of chocolate.)
quinoa and cherries are one of my favorite combos so I’m v into these seedy cherry granola bars.
I’ve never had sesame snaps (probably because I don’t live in Canada like the author of this post), but these sesame snap granola bars have a lot of tahini in them so I am a happy camper.
homemade kind bars > paying $1.99 each for the real thing at the campus center, stomach growling for all to hear
I already make these 5 Ingredient Granola Bars (really it’s more like 8-12 ingredients, what with all the pepitas, cocoa nibs, and dried cranberries I add) on a regular basis. You should too. The Minimalist Baker seriously gets it when it comes to granola.
then I got into a much healthier corner of the blogosphere with sweet potato buckwheat bars (I’m more nervous about this, but usually the best food things come in strange packages)
Until I can get to the store to buy all the nuts + seeds, here’s a fun fig bar recipe~
Almond Fig Bars (adapted from Healthy Happy Life)
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup coconut sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
good pinch sea salt
1/2 cup warm water + 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
1 1/4 cups unsweetened coconut milk (use the drinkin’ stuff in a carton, make your own, or use a well-shaken can)
1 large banana (the riper the better)
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
coconut oil (for greasing pan)
1 cup dried figs
2 tablespoons maple syrup or agave nectar
juice of one orange
topping options: toasted oats, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, chopped nuts, cocoa nibs etc
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Thickly grease a baking sheet with a tablespoon or two coconut oil. Combine the water and flaxseeds, stirring briskly. Set aside to thicken for a few minutes. Combine the rest of the dry ingredients and spices, then fold in the wet ingredients, including the seed water (AKA the flax egg – I know, yum) Add an extra splash of coconut milk if the batter seems too thick to pour. Thinly slice the figs and toss them in the maple syrup and orange juice. Pour the batter into the baking sheet and drop the figs on top, pour any excess liquid right over the figs. Sprinkle with desired topping and bake 20-25 minutes! I found these to be realllly great warm topped with coconut whipped cream. That’s not really a breakfast or to go option, but do what you can with this information.