Granola bars are a popular choice for breakfast on the go, and they’re seen as the healthy choice when it comes to snacking. But, store bought versions are often high in sugar and can wreak havoc on your energy levels.
This vegan-friendly recipe is completely natural, and also contains matcha green tea powder from Zen Green Tea which has some fantastic superfood qualities.
The matcha-making process preserves all the goodness of the green tea leaf, by grinding the entire leaf into a fine powder. This is why it contains 137 times the antioxidants found in regular green tea and has lots of incredible health benefits including increased energy levels, improved concentration, and a boost in metabolism.
Makes 14 bars
- 2 cups rolled oats (gluten-free if required)
- 1 cup pepitas
- 1 ½ cups puffed rice cereal (unsweetened – quinoa, rice, millet etc.)
- ½ cup dried fruits, roughly chopped (we recommend raisins, figs, dates, prunes and goji berries)
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 ½ tablespoons matcha powder (I use Zen Green Tea)
- 1/3 cup brown rice syrup
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- ½ cup tahini
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 325°F/160°C. Spread the oats and pepitas on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes until the oats are golden and have a nutty aroma. Stir them twice during baking to ensure even colouring.
- While baking the oats and pepitas, combine the brown rice syrup, maple syrup, tahini, coconut oil and vanilla in a small saucepan. Whisk to combine the ingredients, being careful not to overheat the mixture.
- In a large bowl, add the cooled oats and pepitas to the dried fruit, puffed rice, salt and matcha powder. Pour the wet ingredients in and mix quickly to combine.
- Pour the mixture into a lined brownie pan, pressing it firmly (especially in the corners). Refrigerate for a few hours to let it firm up, then remove and slice it into bars. These granola bars can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Note: these bars make a great gift when wrapped in parchment paper and tied with brown twine.