I’m a big granola fan and after seeing lots of granola bars being sold in cute little cafés I decided to have a go at trying out making my own granola bars.
They’re a delicious snack to take on the go somewhere or to have at home with a cup of tea or coffee to satisfy those 11’oclock cravings! This version is quite similar to a flapjack recipe too so they’re sort of flapjack granola bars and therefore the best of both worlds! It’s a pretty flexible recipe so you can mix up whatever nuts, seeds and dried fruits you feel like and could also swap the golden syrup for honey. Either way they’ve been a huge hit among my friends and family so I recommend trying out the recipe!
Homemade granola bars
200g porridge oats
40g sunflower seeds
60g pumpkin seeds
50g sesame seeds
3 tbsp golden syrup
100g light muscovado sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
100g of dried fruit: a mixture of apricots, cranberries and raisins
Heat oven to 160c. Mix the oats, seeds and nuts in a roasting tin and place in the oven for 5-10mins to toast. Meanwhile melt the butter, golden syrup and sugar gently in a pan – stir until the butter has melted. Then add the oat mix, cinnamon and dried fruit to the pan. Mix until the oats are all coated. Tip into a 18 x 25cm tin that you’ve greased with butter and lined with greaseproof paper. Lightly press down the mixture then bake it in the oven for 25-30mins. Cut into 12 bars or little squares- do this before the mixture has fully cooled otherwise they turn quite hard and are then difficult to cut.