Well hello there! It's hard to believe that its been over two years since I've posted here on A Walk on the Simple Side. Rest assured, I haven't lost my passion for cooking and eating good food, just haven't taken the time to post my recipes. So you may be asking yourself why I decided to post today? Well, today I was experimenting in the kitchen with granola bars and I created a recipe that is nothing short of magical. While we were devouring these magical granola bars Bobby told me that I had to write my recipe down and post it on my blog. I always have recipes in my head, but never write them down! After a few attempts, I was able to remember my user name and password and now here I am, dusting off the blog and posting another recipe after a two-year hiatus. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did. They smoke the socks off of store bought granola bars!
Magical Granola Bars
1/2 cup raw amaranth
2 cups quick oats
1/4 cup flax seed meal
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
6 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup flaked coconut
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter chips
- Start by turning raw amaranth into glorious, crispy, puffed amaranth. I followed the instruction here to make mine and it turned out wonderfully. If you don't want to make puffed amaranth, you can sometimes find already puffed amaranth in the grocery store.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 13 x 9 baking dish and set aside.
- Sprinkle oats, flax seed meal, chia seeds, almonds, and walnuts evenly on a large baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
- While the grain/nut mixture is toasting, melt together butter, brown sugar, honey and salt in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
- Mix together amaranth, coconut, and toasted grain/nut mixture in a large mixing bowl. Pour in hot butter/honey/sugar mixture and stir together until completely mixed. Quickly pour in chocolate and peanut butter chips and stir just until combined. The chips will melt a little, but don't worry, this makes the final product even better!
- Pout the mixture into the prepared baking dish and press firmly with your hands to make an even layer. Your fingers will be really chocolatey after this step, so stop for a minute to lick your fingers if you are the finger licking type.
- Allow to completely cool. I stuck mine in the fridge for a while because I was impatient. Flip onto a cutting board (they should slip right out) and cut into 16 bars.